Tattoos are more than just tattoos.
For some people, tattoos symbolize important life events, self-expression, and artistic freedom. For others, they can represent beliefs. In most cases, however, people get tattoos just for the sake of getting them.
Unfortunately, for nurses, getting tattoos isn’t that easy. Apart from the wrong impression tattoos create, they can also hinder a nurse’s chances of getting hired.
But, wait! Before you actually reject the idea, make sure you check with your hospital policy first.
You see, although there’s no strict rule on nurses wearing tattoos, institutions implement different policies. Some institutions implement a very strict dress code and don’t allow tattoos of any kind or size. There are institutions that can accept and allow nurses to get tattoos but they will be required to cover them up.
Here are some good reasons why:
To avoid offending co-workers and patients
Tattoos that have political, religious and sexual connotations can offend other people. Even tattoos that don’t have any offensive meaning can throw off other people.
To promote professionalism
Nurses are required to maintain a professional image all the time. Anything that can alter that image can be restricted in the workplace. This includes not just tattoos, but piercings and certain clothing, too.
Take note that having tattoos doesn’t mean you are unprofessional. This article, for example, shares some studies that reveal how patients are unaffected by body art.
To encourage equality
Small tattoos, particularly when placed on the right areas, won’t be that noticeable. This is why most employers are willing to accept nurses with these tattoos. Unfortunately, this can cause an issue with fairness as nurses with larger tattoos may need to use cover-ups with those with smaller ones can have exposed tattoos.
Now that we got those things out of the way, here are some great tattoos for nurses you can draw inspiration from.
1A simple tattoo of the symbolic Caduceus
2A tattoo merging a variation of the Caduceus symbol and a stethoscope
3Looking for something cool?
4A lifetime commitment
5Everyday is a beautiful day
6A heartbeat for life
7A small tattoo with a deep meaning
8When nursing is your passion
See Also: Can Nurses Have Tattoos Or Piercings?