Tattoos in healthcare - page 5

by savoytruffle

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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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    As I said before, I like tattoos but I think there is a limit.

    I don't mean that in a censorship sense but I think aesthetically there is a limit.

    Too many tattoos overwhelms the senses and detracts from the beauty of the human form.
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    Well to each his own but I love them I have 5. Two on my wrist that no one has notice yet (4 months and counting) because of the watch and bracelet I always wear. My tatts mean things to ME I am a nurse because it means something to me to help people when they can't help themselves. I know people judge others but honestly people judge you on your clothes, car, hair, teeth, education, and etc. I can't control that so I don't worry if someone doesn't like my faith and serenity wrist tatts written in my hand not my issue. I've worked on the floor and in management and my tatts have not limited me. Now that being said I wouldn't go and tattoo my face but really you have one life be a blessing and live your life like you see fit. Someone is always going to have something to say one way or another.
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    I think it's interesting how many assumptions people still make about tattoos. I am heavily tattooed, like 50% of my body or more... including sleeves. I'm just starting nursing school, but I am a Master's prepared social worker and I never had issues w/ supervisors, HR, other staff, other collateral contacts...

    It didn't interfere in my professional life or career advancement... I worked in OMH clinics, non profits, etc... it was a non issue.

    I will say that the quality of your tattoos could be a factor though... if you have bad work it can create an undesirable aesthetic. Just my 2˘
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    I would strongly suggest that you reconsider the idea of getting a full sleeve tat until you are more firmly cemented in your career. During my clinical rotations (10 hospitals in all), only ONE seemed to allow a more liberal work environment (i.e. non-natural hair colors, gauges, and visible tattoos), and the others were very conservative in their rules of appearance. I guess you could wear long-sleeved shirts under your scrubs if that is allowed where you work/plan to work... But just seems like a pain to deal with, and a bit of a gamble. Just a thought.
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    I have noticed a few nurses with small neck tattoos that are always uncovered at work. One also has a really small stud in her nose. When I first started working this really surprised me as our policy states that it's a no-no for facial piercings and visible tattoos. I have one tattoo on my wrist that it always covered with a watch. I love tattoos and piercings but do not want to come off as unprofessional.
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    We have quite a few facial piercings and nose studs represented at work. Neck tattoos and wrists. I have my bicep nearly done and starting my shoulder and upper inner arm before I go down the forearm. I think I'm over what others will think. Take me on the quality of my work, the skills I posses, and the manner I communicate, or not. It will be their loss. I already have a great résumé and an awesome start on my career. I am ok with taking this chance.
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    Quote from buytheshoes11
    I have noticed a few nurses with small neck tattoos that are always uncovered at work. One also has a really small stud in her nose. When I first started working this really surprised me as our policy states that it's a no-no for facial piercings and visible tattoos. I have one tattoo on my wrist that it always covered with a watch. I love tattoos and piercings but do not want to come off as unprofessional.
    I have a neck tattoo. Its not distracting but is large in Japanese Kanji. People ask what it means but thats it.
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    The first hospital system I worked for had a very fair policy, nothing offensive, and cant be covering 1/3 the body. The second said none at all.
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    My company has a policy that all ink and non ear piercings be covered. I think that is crazy. I have seen employees with bandaids on their faces and large gauze pads taped to their arms and necks. I would rather see self expression than wonder what nasty infection they might have while caring for me!
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    When I got my tattoos I made sure that they could be hidden by scrubs. Best compromise in my opinion.


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