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Tattoos in Nursing

Do We Practice What We Preach?

Williams, Barbara Miller; Wright, Cindy; Leigh, Katherine H.; Armstrong, Brittney; Kelley, Sabrina

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000496
Feature: education/practice

ABSTRACT: Tattoos have become increasingly popular in the United States among the general population. Furthermore, the popularity of body art, primarily tattoos, among nursing students generates issues about professionalism in academics and in clinical settings. Nursing faculty are faced with conflicting views on cultural awareness, professionalism, and self-expression. With nursing viewed as one of the most trusted professions, the policy of covering tattoos should be discussed, and more research is necessary.

Barbara Miller Williams, PhD, RN, is an assistant professor at Troy University's School of Nursing, Dothan, Alabama.

Cindy Wright, DNP, RN, is a nurse practitioner in Columbus, Georgia.

Katherine Leigh, DNP, RN, is an associate professor at Troy University.

Brittney Armstrong, DNP, RN, is an assistant professor at Troy University.

Sabrina Kelley, DNP, RN, is a family nurse practitioner and assistant professor at Troy University.

Accepted by peer-review 5/24/2017.

Published Ahead of Print on March 15, 2018

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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