Son Defends Mom Nurse Against Hospital Policy
ShareTap Staff 8/12/2017
Nurses play a crucial role in our healthcare system and it's nearly impossible to imagine how doctors could deliver the care and nurturing that patients need without their help. While most people like to believe that earning a nursing degree is a sure road to professional success, there are some hospitals who can make it harder to do so.
Jordan Miller, son of Misti Johnson, a registered nurse, has always been very proud of his mom whom he sees as nothing short of an angel and a hero. He has seen her work hard for endless hours to make sure total strangers recover to their previous good health. So imagine Jordan's shock when his mother told him that not all hospitals treat nurses equally. He of course, wanted to know more...
Misti, who has too many tattoos to keep a count by this point, informed Jordan that many hospitals discriminate against employees who have visible tattoos, and nurses are no exception. Jordan was a bit outraged to find this out, especially since his own mom has tattoos and he couldn't imagine anyone discriminating against her.
Jordan took to Facebook to have his voice heard. In a post showing a smiling picture of Misti wearing her blue nurse's scrubs and plenty of tattoos on her exposed forearms, Jordan wrote:
"Talking to my mom tonight (who is a registered nurse) and she was telling me about how strict some hospitals are when it comes to employees having tattoos. I must say I am kind of confused."
The reason for Jordan's confusion stemmed from knowing how his mom's strong work ethic had nothing to do with her tattooed skin. He said:
"I've seen my mom pull a lady out of a car before it fills with smoke and she suffocates. I've seen her do stitches on an injured person on the side of the road following a car accident. I've seen her come home after a 12-hour shift, dead tired after dealing with an abusive patient all day, and get back up and do it again the next day. She's come home after holding a baby in her hands and watching it take their last breath. She's saved a drug addicts life after overdosing in the hospital bed. Tattoos don't define the person."
Jordan is clearly so proud of his mom that it didn't stop him from telling all the tattoo naysayers that:
"My mom has more tattoos than I can count and it has never, ever affected her work ethic. She will wake up at the same time everyday and save a life."
Jordan might have shared his thoughts on Facebook just to get his frustration out, but apparently based on how quickly his post went viral, it seems like there are many with strong opinions on this topic. The post which by now has over 135,000 reactions and has been shared over 115,000 times has garnered some comments in support, as well as some that say such policies are there for a reason.
But whether you agree or not, here is a comment from a Dana Mitchell who brought up a very interesting explanation:
"... there is nothing wrong with tattoos and this is coming from a non-tattooed woman. I work in a hospital setting and unfortunately, tattoos can cause visceral reactions with the public we mostly serve aka...older people. In their day...tattoos were not artwork and were not worn by "normal" people. They were a symbol of those who had been in prison or in gangs. Tattoos were frowned upon and most definitely not the norm as they are today. Out of respect for them and their feelings, hospitals choose to ask employees to hide tattoos. I hope this helps others to understand why hospitals ask employees to hide tattoos."
Misti and Jordan have both been surprised by the reactions of others. Misti has even shared several pictures of her actual tattoos since the post went viral.
FB Image Credit: Facebook/Jordan Miller