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I have been a nurse for 30 years and 15 of them were in middle management in an acute care hospital. I do not have a tattoo,. I agree, that in this day and age , tattoos should be a non issue. Until we start treating these nurses as professionals based on their practice, knowledge, and expertise instead of on a stereotype. We will never move into the 21st century. I have a son who has served this country as a medic for the past 14 years. He is at the top of his field and has utilized his skills in combat. He is also a fireman. His tattoos, which cannot all be covered, have kept this excellent practitioner out of Nursing and Paramedic school all because hospitals that work in conjunction with these institutions do not allow tattoos to be be visible. It is beyond my comprehension why in 2013 this a reason to deny an individual their dream. We have to start the change within our own profession. There was a time when we were viewed as unprofessional if we didn’t wear caps or white. We made the change and society transitioned with us. We have the power to move this topic into the past. It’s time to move forward. Our efforts are best spent on issues of practice and education.

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