Don’t ask me why I’m writing about this. I’ve been binging on tattoo art videos on YouTube, for the last couple of weeks. Shout out to #SullenTV. #BernadetteMacias…I have the biggest crush on you. That is all…
In all honesty, I got ink. And I plan to get more too. I promise it will be tasteful. As for tattoos in the workplace, in my perspective, I wouldn’t not hire someone just because they’re inked up. But, for God’s sake, don’t show up to an interview in all full disclosure. Don’t be stupid. You’re smarter than that.
I personally feel tattoos are a method of expression and creative art; and I feel that we shouldn’t stray too from that. To me, my ink reminds me who I am and where I’ve come from. And in the workplace, I don’t think someone should be stigmatized for it either.
Of course, I feel that there are limits too. Let’s not go overboard with the facial tattoos, ganged up symbols, etc. I prefer that a patient should feel comfortable in the art and not question whether they are in a hospital or a jail/dope house. And that’s the societal truth. After all, healthcare is still a business.
Always keep in mind that, as a healthcare professional, your marketability is based on self-image. And not just for hiring managers, but your patients have the right to choose their providers too. Again, it has to be tasteful.
I know, as a healthcare professional, one of the first things we learn is to “take our glasses off.” This goes back to fundamentals of nursing. We are told to diversify, be unbiased, learn about other cultures, because our client population demands us to; in order to progress our ability to provide care. We, as healthcare professionals, must be able to adapt to all the issues, beliefs, and demands of our clients. With that being said, it is our responsibility to know when to cover up our scars; if we end up providing care to some old school conservative lady. Wear a long sleeve shirt dammit.
What I’m saying is, in the end, we have to know our audience. As nurses, it is our responsibility to push care forward and keep it moving.
However…I have to end with this thought…
To everyone out there who come to the inevitability of being a patient one day, perhaps you end up in some unfortunate situation and find yourself in the emergency room, you’re coding, etc…are you really going to care if your healthcare provider has tattoos or not? This question also goes if they are Muslim? Jewish? African American? Brown? Asian? I haven’t done significant statistical research on the demographics, but you could bet your sweet ass one of your healthcare providers are Black or Muslim.
I’d be more worried about their ability to save your life. But, that’s just me.