It should go without saying that the way a person chooses to express themselves — be it through piercings, tattoos, or clothing — doesn’t impact their job performance. Still, one son was shocked when he learned that hospitals often require nurses to cover visible tattoos. The man posted a passionate defense of his tattooed nurse mom, who just so happens to have many visible tattoos.

Misti Johnson has tattoos up and down her arms, on her back, and on her chest. Her son, 21-year-old Jordan Miller, couldn’t believe it when Johnson told him that many hospitals forbid visible tattoos.

“He has seen me in action,” Johnson explained to Scary Mommy. “He knows where my heart is. He knows the person I am. And my tattoos don’t define me as a nursing professional.”

Miller took to Facebook to write a moving post about his mom and her devotion to nursing.

Talking to my mom tonight (who is a registered nurse) and she was telling me about how strict some hospitals are when it…

Posted by Jordan Miller on Tuesday, July 25, 2017

“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,” Miller wrote.

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“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.” 

Miller ended his defense with, “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 every day and save a life.”

tattooed nurse

Image: Facebook / Misti Johnson

The sweet post has been shared over 115,000 times.

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Johnson isn’t surprised that her son wrote such a moving post about her. “It took me 18 years of schooling at my own pace to get where I am today,” she told Scary Mommy. “And through it all, he has been my biggest supporter.”

Johnson credits her tattoos with helping her relate to her patients. “My patients love them and they ask me about them constantly. They are great starting points for a suffering patient who doesn’t know which way to turn at times. They ask about my story behind them. When I tell them my stories it starts a conversation that builds trust within a nurse patient relationship and they realize that I am human just like them.”

She also knows that, when it matters, even her harshest critics will overlook her ink. “When it comes down to it, even those who are judging me based on my appearance would want me to save them or their loved one if they needed CPR,” she said. “The last thing they would be worried about would be if the person saving them has tattoos.”

(Image: Facebook / Jordan Miller)