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29 Nurse Tattoos

29 Nurse Tattoos That Are Both Badass and Sweet

  • Nurses have a lot of meaningful tattoo options available to them.
  • Whether you are a nurse yourself or want to pay tribute to someone you know, there are so many different options out there.
  • Nurse tattoos can be very literal and include items like needles and hearts or be more abstract.

Nurses are the backbone of healthcare. After what the world has gone through regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, it's safe to say nurses are real-life superheroes. Accustomed to administering needles themselves, some nurses wear their hearts on their sleeves โ€” literally โ€” by paying homage to their job with a tattoo. Even if you're not a nurse but someone close to you is, nurse tattoos are a meaningful way to honor their hard work.

Syringes, stethoscopes, and anatomical depictions of the brain and heart are all popular nurse tattoo ideas to depict the profession. Others include a traditional-style portrait of a nurse or even the symbol for the nursing field. The forearm, calf, and bicep are great placement options if you want to show off your nurse ink, while the rib cage and back are good places for a hidden tattoo. From small, fine-line tattoos to more illustrations, there are endless ways to create your own memorable ink. Keep reading to get inspired for all kinds of nurse tattoos.

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