Tattoos in healthcare

  1. 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 are becoming acceptable as long as they are not offensive. The last facility I worked at had a rule about hair color, and your scrubs had to match. No joke. How restrictive is your work place? And have you ever seen a senior member of administration with any body modifications? I am going for m MSN in administration and I have several large tattoos. (Most covered by pants and a lab coat-one wrist, but I am planning on full sleeves when I have the money).
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  3. by   Asystole RN
    Professional employment (like administration) requires a professional appearance. The most I have ever seen is a floor supervisor on night with some visible tattoos. My hospital tolerates some tattoos and piercings but they are strongly discouraged.
  4. by   Ruas61
    Think about full sleeves 20 years from now.
  5. by   SionainnRN
    I've worked in three hospitals and many doctors offices and all of them have a policy on no visible tattoos or piercings. You can do what you want but you are going to severely limit your job options, especially if you want to go into management.
  6. by   limaRN
    I work in an ICU and several of my coworkers have visible tattoos on their hands and wrists. As long as it's not offensive nobody really seems to care. I can't wait to get my first tattoo!!
  7. by   JDZ344
    The UK NHS uniform code is pretty strict, tattoos should be covered if you can.

    I personally dislike tattoos. That's fine, I don't have to get one, and I don't care what other people do to their own bodies. BUT, people should think before they ink. Someone equally as qualified as you are, may get the job because the interviewer thinks they look more "professional" without the visible tattoo.
  8. by   nurseprnRN
    There have been several threads on this topic on AN recently-- search them and see what others think. As for me, some of mine are older than almost anyone posting here and all are completely covered by professional attire. You don't have to like it, and you might think it's not fair and people should judge you for your professionalism and caring and education and all that, but the fact is that many of the people who will be in a position of authority over you will not like them and will prejudge you whether you like it or not. Word to the wise.
  9. by   Altra
    Quote from savoytruffle
    And have you ever seen a senior member of administration with any body modifications?
    No, I haven't. So if you are going to invest in higher education with a goal of pursuing a management career ... take that into consideration.
  10. by   psu_213
    Quote from savoytruffle
    And have you ever seen a senior member of administration with any body modifications?
    I have never seen a member of administration with a visible tattoo, nor have I see with with any piercings in 'unusual' places (lip, eye brow, etc.). I have never seen administrators with stretched/gauged ears (or whatever the correct term is).
  11. by   ~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.
  12. by   Mommy&RN
    I have 3. 2 can be completely covered by normal clothes. I have a small clover on my left wrist that can easily be covered by a watch. I picked the left when I had it done so I could cover it with a watch.
  13. by   eatmysoxRN
    Quote from Ruas61
    Think about full sleeves 20 years from now.
    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 ~
  14. by   ProfRN4
    I'm actually surprised to see so many opinions that mirror mine. This is an isue that usually gets people all riled up. The reality is, society judges. They shouldm't, but they do. Imagine if I came into work with a tank/short sleeved dress shirt, sporting a tattoo on my arm. Imagine if I put my hair in a nice, professional bun, and had a tattoo on the back of my neck? I would be the "tattoo Professor". No matter how good I am at my job, that would be the immediate first impression. I could be the kindest, most caring, most competent nurse, but inevitably people will take a double take (see next paragraph for my rationale). Since I have been a nurse since the age of 20, it was always something that weighed into my decision (I still do not have one, and if I did get one, it would be in a place NEVER to be seen by students, fellow colleagues or patients).

    My hubby, OTOH, has a number of them. He also has a piercing in an obvious place. He is not a nurse. None of them are visible while wearing his work attire. He has toyed around with the idea of getting one on his forearm. I am not a fan of it. I don't love him any less because of his body art (he had 3/4 of them before we met). When we first met, all people could say to me is "what's with the piercing and tattoos?" Yes, my judgmental family and friends, who really are down to earth in every other way.

    I'm sorry if I offend anyone, but I think there is an age where you become too old to just throw a word, saying or picture permanently on a random area of your body. I also believe that people who say "I don't care what other people think, or if people stare at me" are lying. If they didn't want people to stare, they wouldn't get tattoos in such conspicuous places.