Nursing homes need to update their tattooing guidelines, as a growing number of hospitals and nursing homes are adopting the use of “skilled nursing facilities” as part of their staffing strategies.
The new rules allow tattooed nurses to display their tattoos on their vehicles, which can be displayed on the back of their vehicles as well as their front.
The rules apply to both the front and back of vehicles.
According to a recent survey, more than 75 percent of nursing homes said they had been contacted by a patient seeking an update on their nursing home tattoos.
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) released the guidance on Tuesday to help nursing homes update their policies and regulations.
It said it was working with the U.S. Postal Service to expedite the mailing of the guidelines.
According to a spokesperson for the department, the agency has been working with hospitals and facilities to ensure they have the appropriate tattooing regulations in place.
“We know this is a complex issue, but this is important to ensure that we have policies in place to protect all nursing home residents,” said Dr. Lisa S. Zaremba, a spokesperson with the DHHS.
“The rules for tattooing must be written and implemented in a manner that respects the privacy of the patient and their caregivers,” she added.
The federal guidelines require all nursing homes to have at least one licensed tattooist and one registered nurse.
The rules also require a minimum tattoo size of 1.75 inches and no more than two tattoos on a patient’s body.