Tattoos and Workplace Acceptibility

Tattoos aren’t something you can separate from work life, and unlike a pair of jeans, you can’t just take off a tattoo and change into something else. tattoos are, by their nature, permanent. So workplaces, which are usually unaffected by pop culture trends, are struggling to figure out what to do with all those tattoos.

Throughout the 35-plus years that she’s worked as a surgical nurse in an Eastern Ontario hospital, Donna has been a consummate professional. She’s trusted by colleagues and patients alike, and is a favourite among doctors. But Donna has a secret she’s been keeping from the people at the hospital for the last four years. It’s a secret that has forced her to scrub for surgery alone, where no one else can see her. When Donna removes her watch, she reveals her secret to those she trusts: a tiny, intricately detailed image of a dolphin, cutting a playful arc in the middle of her wrist.

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Deborah Melman-Clement