Tattoos are taboo at work. Yes? No?

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  2. It seems tattoos are becoming more common. Does your place of work have a "tattoo policy"? What do you think about tattoos? Do you have one? I have seen some tattoos that are amazing while others are not.

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  4. by   lub dub
    Removing tattoos a big step for job hunters : Naples Daily News

    Very interesting article about people who are having tattoos removed by lasers in order to fit in to the current job market.
  5. by   adjappleton
    I have 2 smaller tattoos but in inconspicuous places. I was at the lake last week and I kid you not, 90% of the young women (OK, I'm 40, you caught me) had large tattoos somewhere on their body, a lot on upper thighs and trunk so they can be covered. I think in 10 years so much of the population will have them that the public perception will change and showing them at work will be a non-issue.
    Last edit by adjappleton on Aug 29, '13 : Reason: forgot word
  6. by   mmc51264
    We have people that are more self conscious about their tattoos than others. It isn't that big of a deal at my work. I haven't seen anyone come to work with an uncovered sleeve yet
  7. by   SNB1014
    this topic has been beaten to death.
    nothing is inherently wrong with tattoos or the people have them.
    that said, i would think someone is a little off their rocker if they have a tattoo on their face.
  8. by   brai9284rn
    They used to make a big deal about tattoos at our facility. But in the last year or so they have loosened up. We have a girl on our floor with sleeves that are beautiful. Patients ask her all the time about them!
  9. by   CapeCodMermaid
    I have a tattoo on my ankle. I am the director of nursing at my facility. My patients love my tat and ask me about it all the time. We do not have a written policy on it.
  10. by   Chisca
    My hospital is adopting a policy that we have to have the corporate logo embroidered our uniforms. Maybe their next bright idea will be for us to all have the logo tattooed on our forehead.
  11. by   brandy1017
    Quote from Chisca
    My hospital is adopting a policy that we have to have the corporate logo embroidered our uniforms. Maybe their next bright idea will be for us to all have the logo tattooed on our forehead.
    I hope they are paying for your uniforms then!
  12. by   BuckyBadgerRN
    Tattoos have to be covered where I work. Makes it a little hard for one of the CNA's who has little stars tattooed in the web of each thumb
  13. by   terraqueous
    Our facility used to insist tattoos be covered but it was not specified how. People showed up wearing the stretchy sleeves made to look like tattoos (their tattoos were covered and much smaller than what was printed on the sleeves) and others were wearing large gauze bandaging to cover them. It looked hideous and I had to laugh, where there's a will there's a way.....Management has become less insistent since then.
  14. by   Tinker88
    I think if nurses (also teachers) want respect from the public and want to be viewed as a professional, tattoos should not be seen. How would the majority of people feel with a doctor coming in their room with tattoo sleeves and mouth piercings? We train people how to treat us and perceive us (appearance, behavior, etc). How do you want people to perceive you? Do you want people to look to you as a professional nurse or just a nurse. I don't care if you have one, but I think it should be somewhere hidden.
  15. by   avaddon
    So strange, it is 2013 and the topic is still on. I think, tattoos or not is irrelevant. As long as you are caring, polite and knowledgeable - you are professional. A drawing on your body shouldn't be a big deal, because it is not - it's what you do is important.
    I myself don't have tattoos, but I really feel for people, who has to remove theirs because of the policies. What if this tattoo was something meaningful and precious for them, like a memory.
    Cruel judgmental world