Son defends nurse mom’s tattoos: ‘It has never affected her work ethic’

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An Ohio man sparked a conversation about tattoos in the workplace after sharing a
touching message about his mother, a nurse whose arms are
covered in ink.

"My mom has more tattoos than I can count and it has never,
ever affected her work ethic," Jordan Miller wrote on Facebook. "She will wake up at the
same time every day and save a life."

In his post, which has been shared more than 100,000 times,
Miller recounted the heroic acts his mother, Misti Johnson, has
done as a nurse: from saving drug addicts who overdosed, to
stitching up a car accident victim on the side of the road.

Miller, 21, told TODAY he was inspired to write the post after
talking to his mother about how some hospitals have very strict
policies mandating that employees don't have any visible tattoos.

"We live in a society where tattoos are the norm," he said.
"People probably don't realize that when you work in a setting
like that, you have to have your tattoos covered."

Courtesy of Jordan Miller

Jordan Miller's mother, Misti Johnson, is a nurse in Ohio.

Fortunately, Johnson's workplace has a relaxed tattoo policy.

"They're not too strict," she told TODAY. "They accept me for
who I am. They see me in action."

Johnson, a nurse at Select Specialty Hospital in Akron, Ohio,
usually covers her tattoos at work by wearing a lab coat or a
long-sleeve shirt under her scrubs. However, many duties
require that she roll up her sleeves, revealing her tattoos to
patients.

Johnson added that her ink has never interfered with her job —
in fact, it's often a great ice-breaker for patients: "A lot of
people ask me about them," she said.

Miller points out that his mom's tattoos are hardly offensive.
"She has roses, a stethoscope ... She even has a nurse tattooed
on her," he said.

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Select Medical, the healthcare company that owns the hospital
where Johnson works, sent the following statement to TODAY:

"At Select Medical, we pride ourselves in hiring highly skilled
nurses who first and foremost are dedicated to living our
mission to deliver an exceptional patient experience," said
Shelly Eckenroth, vice president of communications and
branding. "We are proud of the care and compassion that Misti
Johnson gives our patients, and their families, every single
day."

Johnson, 38, is shocked by all the attention her son's post has
gotten, and she's proud of him for spreading an important
message.

"My son is one of a kind," she said. "We've grown up together —
he's not too much younger than me. We have a very special bond
and we love each other and he's always been my supporter."

"It needs to be out there that tattooed nurses are human,"
Johnson added. "It doesn't stop who we are."

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