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body art, cultural competence, nursing, nursing education, tattoos



  1. Williams, Barbara Miller
  2. Wright, Cindy
  3. Leigh, Katherine H.
  4. Armstrong, Brittney
  5. Kelley, Sabrina


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.