Tattoos in healthcare - page 3

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 not permitted, visible tattoos... Read More

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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.

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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.
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    As long as you can cover them who cares? I cover mine by wearing long sleeves under my scrub top.
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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
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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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    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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    It has nothing to do with judging you which frustrates me. People with lots of tats always think people are judging them. With work it has to do with policy and that's it. If the place has the policy of no visible tattoos or piercings then of course they wouldn't hire you. Just like if you didn't have some other qualification they wouldn't hire you.
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    Dress code requires all tattoos be completely covered. Nothing on hands, neck or face would be permitted. One pair earrings (in ear LOBE only), no hoops, no gauges. No facial piercings, no tongue piercings.

    We have a MA that got a tattoo on the back of her neck after she was hired and she has to wear a turtleneck under her scrubs to keep it covered, no matter the temperature. She has been sent home twice for "forgetting." She will be fired the next time she "forgets."

    I think tattoos are silly and unattractive. I would never get one. I don't care if other people do, but I wouldn't hire someone to represent me unless they look polished and professional. Tattooed with piercings is not a look I want representing me.
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    I used to be against tattoos. Now I think they look attractive on some women.

    A big male nurse I know has a big X-men tattoo on his shoulder, going all the way down to his hand. It's great, I like it. It's a work of art although I don't care for the X-men.

    Wolverine is prominent with his big sharp claws. A perfect image for somebody about to recieve an injection

    Australia doesnt seem to have a code regarding tattoos being visible. If it does, its not enforced. I know patients don't care.
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    I'm sorry. I don't mean to hurt anyone's feelings, but it does make a difference to me. I have friends with tattoos and family with tattoos, but that doesn't change the way I feel when I see someone with one. If you are asking for 100% honesty... I may not SAY anything and I won't TREAT them differently or SAY anything to anyone else, but i do THINK it. I do get to know people and learn to ignore it, but my FIRST impression is that this person is not professional. (I don't care if it's a doctor, a nurse, the guy/girl working at McDonald's) I can never HONESTLY say it looks professional. I do get to know people and overlook them, but I don't like seeing the tattoos and piercings on the person working the drive thru handing me my food, so I'm sure not pleased to see it on someone that i'm putting my life in their hands... I may not be there long enough to actually get to KNOW that person, and they would never know how I feel by how I treat them. (I don't want to hear, "Well then let me stand over you and NOT do CPR if you were to need it... don't want "tattoos coming near you"... That would be just be being silly... I'm not saying that you AREN'T professional, but it does APPEAR unprofessional... I am NOT saying this to knock anyone) Please don't start a flame war for my honest comment. I'm not TRYING to judge anyone... but I know that i'm not alone in my feelings, so please don't be hateful for getting an answer that you didn't want to hear. You'll notice that nearly everyone that has ANSWERED this post has tattoos. I have 2 daughters-in-law that have tattoos that I asked how they felt about tattoos or piercings on healthcare workers (after seeing this, while i was trying to decide whether or not I should be honest or take the easy road and say nothing...) taking care of them or their babies while they were in the hospital... (they themselves have tattoos and at times have had nose or cartilage piercings, as i mentioned before...) They said that they would rather NOT have that person take care of them... They said they can't explain it, but it just doesn't seem professional and they don't feel as confident in the person's abilities... AGAIN.... I AM SORRY, IF I HAVE OFFENDED ANYONE OR HURT THEIR FEELINGS.... THAT IS NOT MY INTENTION! Today's world has it so that everyone has to be so politically correct that we have to worry so much about offending people that we don't give them an honest to goodness answer... All I am doing is giving you an HONEST opinion that too many are AFRAID to give because it is easier to say it behind someone's back than risk offending.
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