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Generational dress code gaps: Tattoos and piercings uncovered

In the nursing world, first impressions are everything. How patients perceive their nurses affects how patients interact with them throughout their entire hospital stay. But what happens when a 23-year-old female nurse with visible arm tattoos and a nose piercing walks in to a patient’s room to take vital signs and the patient is obviously uncomfortable by the body art?

Such interactions and concerns are increasingly common. Body art and piercings are no longer the preferred form of expression solely for rebels and misfits. A study recently conducted by the American Academy of Dermatology found that 48% of American workers ages 18 to 29 have a tattoo or something other than their earlobe pierced. [more]