Nursing and tattoos

  1. Just thought we needed a new poll...
  2. Poll: Do you have any tattoos?

    • No, never would

      22.62% 714
    • No, but would like to

      16.63% 525
    • Yes, but only one in a discreet area

      22.56% 712
    • Yes, but I wish I didn't

      2.63% 83
    • Yes, I have more than one, but less than ten

      31.37% 990
    • Yes, my body is a living canvas

      4.18% 132
    3156 Votes
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  4. by   MelRN13
    I have four tattoos, all of which are covered while in scrubs. I have dolphins around my left ankle, a butterfly on the small of my back, a dolphin jumping over my naval, and a gecko on my shoulder.
  5. by   gwenith
    Tattoos I don't mind - wouldn't get one but I don't mind them. Can't say the same for body piercings though - especially those in and around the mouth. I just can't stop staring at the rotten thing and it annoys me because I usually like to watch someones eyes when they are talking to me. Can't help it! I find myself focusing on the istud/ring whatever rather than the person's face.

    Tattoos, even facial tatoos such as Mouri's have is no problem for me.
  6. by   Rhoresmith
    NO don't have and never would Guess the age is showing!!! They are just way to perment for me. If you got tired of it removing is very difficult and expensive. I have seen some very beautiful ones but is just not for me

  7. by   ShortFuse_LPN
    I have one. A dolphin jumping through a peace sign on my lower back. Also have my navel pierced.
  8. by   jadednurse
    I toyed with the idea a few times but just couldn't get the image out of my head: me, female, at age 80, with tatoos on my wrinkled, sagging, droopy old-person skin. Kind of ruined the glamour for me!:chuckle
  9. by   nurse2002
    We had a nurse in school, (probally the smartest and most compassionate) that had a big grim reaper tatooed on his arm. He wore long sleeves most of the time. Just looked sort of wierd for a nurse. I mean the reaper did.

  10. by   bewbew
    posted by jadednurse
    I toyed with the idea a few times but just couldn't get the image out of my head: me, female, at age 80, with tatoos on my wrinkled, sagging, droopy old-person skin. Kind of ruined the glamour for me!
    HEAR, HEAR!!
    I have always thought it would be nice to have one, but the thought of a faded old, outdated tattoo, slipping and sliding on the old wrinkley skin, to places it didn't originate from, always stops me from getting one!
  11. by   RNforLongTime
    I have a tattoo of a teddy bear holding a rosebud on my outer right ankle. It's concealed by my scrubs.
  12. by   nursedawn67
    I have four, one on each upper arm and one on each calve. May get a fifth...haven't decided yet.
  13. by   lisamct
    I wear street clothes at work (I work in learning disabilities) and both my present tattoo and the one Im about to get will be visible most times. Right now I have a band of elephants (not disney like!) around my left upper arm. Soon im off to have a kind of tribal butterfly between my shoulder blades.
  14. by   zambezi
    Have one tattoo on my ankle, got it in Italy... I have been throwing the idea around to get another one but have not decided...Currently only belly button and ears are pierced, have have tongue and nose at various times though...
  15. by   altomga
    I have FOUR at the present time A garfield on the right ankle, a tribal art arm band on my right upper arm, a cherry sitting on whip cream on my left side of my chest (ok boob), and a tribal art design with a butterfly on my lower back with my childrens name turned into an acronym "altomga" (I've got 3 so had to shorten it) My next one is going to be the medical symbol (caudecus?sp) with RN.
    My husband thinks I am nuts, but oh well... I love them. My kids like them too, they think they are cool looking Even my 13yo isn't "embarrassed by them She evens gets me to show her friends.

    As far as what they will look like when I am 80? Well, I just tell people that at least I know the nurses having to wipe my butt will get a good laugh from me....they'll have to pull and put my skin back to figure out what it was! They'll probably think I was some sort of wild child when in fact I'm not, just like tattoo's!!

    Mine don't show at work unless I have a regular short sleeve shirt on and my scrub jacket off. I work nights so sometimes my jacket is off. Mostly every family member/pt that has noticed my armband make a nice comment

    "TATTOO'S ARE COOL" They just aren't everyone's cup of tea!