Tattoos in healthcare - page 2

Just curious about others' thoughts on tattoos or other modifications in healthcare. I work in long term care, which tends to be more conservative in dress codes. Facial piercing and ear gauges are... Read More

  1. Visit  kguill975} profile page
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    I have 5 tattoos, and briefly considered a small dermal piercing, but felt it was pushing the envelope. I am a Surgical NP, and my professionalism speaks for itself in that my patients love me. I have 1 tattoo on my wrist that is covered by a watch, but when I scrub into surgery, it is seen be everyone. I view tattoos like jewelry and make-up, it's pretty to look at, and it's up to the individual as to how much you wear. Ironically, I'm a minimalist when it comes to jewelry and make-up, as I only wear silver balls in my ears, and no make-up at all.
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  3. Visit  Rhi007} profile page
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    Quote from Ruas61
    Think about full sleeves 20 years from now.
    For most people getting a tattoo is personal, so it it represents something in your life it shouldn't matter what it looks like in 20yrs I doubt that a female with an arm tattooed is going to be walking around in clothes like a boob tube, or spaghetti top.

    I can't wait to be able to afford my half sleeve. There's a saying amongst people with ink 'tattooed people don't care whether you're tattooed or not'

    Freedom of expression through art.
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  4. Visit  Rhi007} profile page
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    Quote from ~PedsRN~
    I have two tattoos and want a third.... both of mine are hidden now. I have one on my right lower back and one on my left ankle. I'd like a small wrist tattoo, but I do worry because that would be "more" visible than the ones I have currently.
    You'd be surprised, I have a wrist tattoo and no one notices it unless I'm handing paper or something to someone.
  5. Visit  Mommy&RN} profile page
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    Patients like to touch the one on my wrist. It is an olive green outline. I get asked frequently if it is real. Have never had a patient say anything negative about it.

    My nose is pierced and I wear a tiny stud in it. I have taken care of people multiple times before they noticed it. (We frequently have patients that stay >1 month at a time)
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  6. Visit  CapeCodMermaid} profile page
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    I AM upper management. I have a tat on my ankle that is visible when I wear a dress or skirt. It has never had anything to do with getting or not getting a job.Some of the toughest residents in my building like me because I have a tat and can sit around with them and talk about our ink.
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  7. Visit  SionainnRN} profile page
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    I personally have 6, none visable in work clothes. No one is saying you can't have tats or piercings, just none that are visable, mainly hands and neck. And if you're management not only are you supposed to follow policy you also have to enforce it.
  8. Visit  nurseywifeymommy1} profile page
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    I hv a white tatt on my wrist. You hv to really look to see it. I work in Ltc.
  9. Visit  Ruas61} profile page
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    Quote from eatmysoxRN
    When people say this I truly don't understand. If my tattoos are the most worrisome part of my life in 20 years, I think I will be doing well.

    ~ No One Can Make You Feel Inferior Without Your Consent -Eleanor Roosevelt ~
    What holds your heart, how see yourself and who are today will likely be way different down the road.

    Full sleeve tattoos are a major commitment. They are permanent and so visible.

    I have seen more regret and tries to reverse them in my age group.

    That is why I say that.

    It has nothing to do with making anyone feel inferior or puffing up my esteem.

    If someone wishes to do so. Really, I could personally care less. It's old news in my world. I was getting tattoos back when females didn't do that. I had things pierced that were not mainstream.

    Honestly, I don't even see anything radical or original any more about tattoos, piercings, gages or coloring. It is hardly avaunt guard and rather passť. Just about everyone does it, its pretty standard.

    I am so glad that mine are small and in places that unless I allow you to see them, you would never know about them. Even now, I would have skipped two of them if I could change it.

    Best to you.
  10. Visit  Ruas61} profile page
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    Quote from Rhi007
    For most people getting a tattoo is personal, so it it represents something in your life it shouldn't matter what it looks like in 20yrs I doubt that a female with an arm tattooed is going to be walking around in clothes like a boob tube, or spaghetti top.

    I can't wait to be able to afford my half sleeve. There's a saying amongst people with ink 'tattooed people don't care whether you're tattooed or not'

    Freedom of expression through art.
    I have been in the tribe 30 plus years. Old news.
  11. Visit  ERloverRN} profile page
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    As long as you can cover them who cares? I cover mine by wearing long sleeves under my scrub top.
  12. Visit  proud nurse} profile page
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    I have one tattoo on my left upper back. It can't be seen by while in uniform. I think placement of the tattoo does have a lot to do with it if you're concerned about where your career will lead to.

    I don't know if it's the actual having tattoos that people find distasteful, or what the tattoo is of?

    My former DON has plenty of ink. She's gotta be close to 60 years old, and gravity has not been kind to the ones by her boobs. For that reason alone, they should be covered, but that's just IMO.
    Last edit by proud nurse on Jan 11, '13 : Reason: typo
  13. Visit  GrnTea} profile page
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    Quote from proud nurse

    My former DON has plenty of ink. She's gotta be close to 60 years old, and gravity has not been kind to the ones by her boobs. For that reason alone, they should be covered, but that's just IMO.
    Yeah, I have one on one breast of a big wave. I told somebody once that at my age the tide was going out and he about peed his pants.
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  14. Visit  savoytruffle} profile page
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    Thanks everyone for the varied replies. I have a large rose on my upper right arm. It is for my grandmother who passed a year ago.i bought her home and inherited twenty rose bushes that I used to help her with. The butterfly on my shoulder is for a childhood friend I lost, my leg has my favorite song lyric that reminds me there is a reason to strive and struggle for the things I want. ( It says "suffer my desire"- smashing pumpkins). I have an Irish trinity knot bracelet that reminds me of my family, and a goddess symbol on my ankle that to remind me of my strength as a woman and a mom. All designed in part through artistic collaboration between the tattoo artists and myself. They are deeply meaningful and personal. My residents and current and past bosses, and my staff have never questioned or stated anything negative. ( But i doubt they would to my face-and if they do behind me i really don't care). I also have a tragus piercing (ear cartilage). I think that as more young professionals come into their own (I'm thirty four) it will be inevitable that we will be tattooed. I would love to think that people will judge me for my professional dress, and polite speech, but I'm not that naive. If I get turned down for a job I'm qualified for (all things being equal) just because of my tattoos, I don't want that job anyway. I ride my own motorcycle, I love loud music, I draw all over everything. I just also happen to be a nurse, who loves her job, and wants to run the world. peace and love
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