Mental health nursing and tattoos?!Watch
So i'm studying mental health nursing in september and have been keen to get a few tattoos on my arms and collar bone for a while. I know the deal with piercings and stuff being pulled out etc. but are there any rules about tattoos? Thankyou!
Plenty of people have tattoos these days!
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It would be good to cover them up (if you can) anyway though because even if they are not offensive, psychotic patients may find a meaning in them which may effect their recovery.
I use to do MH nursing and I wore long sleeves on placement to cover a tattoo on my arm. It is a date of birth so technically not offensive but if you have ever seen the film a beautiful mind you can see that a patient could see that as a code and it confuses them even more.
Also speak to your tutor about it (that's what I did), as they are nurses themselves and would know the best way to approach this in the trust that you may be working in.