Products, Style & Advice for the Modern Healthcare Professional
Is the World Ready for Pierced and Tattooed Healthcare Workers?
Tattoos and piercings have long been only associated with
bikers, sailors, and prisoners. Today, with more than three
in 10 Americans rocking body art, they are gaining more social acceptance.
In certain professions, however, tattoos may still be frowned upon by
In the medical and healthcare field, most employee handbooks
have a section regarding tattoos and piercings. In rare cases, hospital jobs
are only available to people with no body ink. However, most healthcare
facilities apply minor restrictions that only prohibit excessive and/or
Here are a few things you need to know if you’re an inked
If you have any tattoos that could be considered offensive,
such as ones that promote drug use, display nudity, or can be associated with a
gang, it’s best to keep them under wraps.
Expansive tattoos that are highly visible may be a potential
issue with some companies, especially if your ink covers your neck, arms, and
Tips for Tattoos and
Piercings in the Workplace
One of the simplest ways to deal with tattoo-related issues
while at work is to keep them covered up. If your current employer’s body art
policy is fairly strict, wear clothing that can hide them easily. If you have
any facial piercings, remove them before you get to your job. For those of you
with neck or face tattoos, wear your hair down to keep them out of sight. If
that won’t work, invest in a bottle of heavy-duty concealer that matches your
skin tone. Some great brands that hide tattoos well include Kat Von D Lock-It
Tattoo Concealer, Dermablend Leg and Body Cover, and Benefit Boi-ing Industrial
As a last resort, you may want to consider removing your
tats all together. Laser tattoo removal is not quick or affordable, but it’s
the only efficient way to say bye-bye to unwanted ink. Depending on the size
and color of your tattoo, the number of treatments will vary. In some cases,
your ink may be removed in two to four visits, though it can take as many as 10
or more sessions. Each session costs about $150 a pop.
What do you think we can learn from tattooed or pierced
healthcare professionals? Would you judge a book by its cover?