BrandonLPN, LPN 3,358 Posts Has 5 years experience. Aug 30, 2013 Tinker88 said: 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. How would you know if a doctor has tattoos on his arm? They usually don't wear short sleeves. The fact that fewer and fewer facilities are mandating employees cover their tats only goes to show that the majority of people don't care. If you'd be offended by having a nurse with visable tattoos, then you're in the minority, not the majority.