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June 2012, Volume 42 Number 6 , p 62 - 64


  • Ruth A. Wittmann-Price PhD, RN, CNS, CNE
  • Karen K. Gittings DNP, RN, CCRN
  • Kerrith McDowell Collins RN


BECAUSE BODY ART is increasingly common in the United States, understanding perceptions from a professional perspective is important for nurses. What was once considered by many as undesirable body alteration is now becoming a part of mainstream America as more adolescents and young adults choose to be tattooed and pierced.1 How tattoos and piercings are interpreted by patients, hospital administrators, directors of nursing units, and other healthcare employees is a virtually unstudied topic. Policies in hospitals and schools of nursing sanctioning their visibility need supportive evidence regarding their effect on patients, peers, and the work environment.Current policies governing exposure or concealment of body art are predicated on tradition. The concern in the clinical area about body art is that it will negatively affect patient satisfaction, which is a reportable outcome indicator for hospitals.In this article, we'll examine the evidence that's available about patient perceptions

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