are "fake nails" okay for nurses? - page 2

I am a nursing student graduating next month. I wore "fake nails" before nursing school, but my program did not allow them during school. I am considering getting them again after graduation. ... Read More

  1. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Regnursein99,

    Fake nails wouldn't be a problem if everyone took care of them as well as you do.

    BTW, I'm a registered democrat, non-denominational Christian,anti-Bush, pro-choice and have been known to smoke! lol!

    Nice to meet you. I would be willing to bet that if we can get along, there's hope for world peace yet! =0)

    After reading your post, I may consider getting my nails done. Mine are also brittle and I have two which often split down into the pink area and bleed, r/t past on-the-job injuries that permanently altered the nail bed.

    If I got acrylic nails put on those two fingers only, do you think it would keep them from splitting up the middle?
  2. by   mark_LD_RN
    no they are NOT ok! our hospital does not allow them. recently had a lot of postpartum infections at one hospital i work at it was traced back to one nurse who was wearing fake nails
    your patients deserve better do not compromise their care with you wearing fake nails
  3. by   Flynurse
    There is a thread called "Strange?" Go there and look at some of the things ppl have encountered in their nursing travels.

    I believe there is one post about a patient who had acrylic nails that will make you decide very quickly about not wanting them.

  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    No. the answer is NO they are NOT ok. there are many threads on this subject already, arguing this back and forth. but studies show again and again, it is NOT ok to use fake nails (or even have long ones) in direct patient care. Common sense also would guide one if one really thinks about it. Welcome to the boards!
  5. by   red606
    Beside all the articles about harboring bacteria, they just dont look professional for a nurse. Period. I personally cringe when I see a nurse with those things. They are not sanitary, i would want them doing a sterile procedure on me.........Thats all I'v got to say about that.
  6. by   Disablednurse
    They cause skin tears and harbor bacteria. They do not look professional. Most hospitals and LTC do not allow them to be worn.
  7. by   Sarah, RNBScN
    Studies show they harbour nasty microorganisms...they are unprofessional looking. Our nails should be short, clean and polish free.

    Don't get me started...
  8. by   nurseleigh
    Bottom line is. . . it doesn't matter what you, me, or anyone else thinks on the issue.

    If your place of employment has a policy against them, then you can't wear them. It's that simple.

    Traci
  9. by   Love-A-Nurse
    i wonder how some can work in them when they are too long. injury to patients and others and infection control issues should clue one to wear a shorter length be it fake or real nails.
  10. by   luvbeinganurse
    I wear acrylic nails. I am in private homecare. Most of what I do are nursing admissions and assessment, which sometimes take up to 2 hours of paperwork in the home. I keep the nails very short, only as long as the top of my fingers, wash my hands or use alcohol hand wash CONSTANTLY, and paint them usually an opaque light color (pink or white). I wear them because my patients have to sit there for a couple hours looking at me write, observing my hands.

    Unfortunately, I am a nail biter when my nerves are bad (old habits die hard) and my nails are very weak and break very easily. I don't put the acrylic ones in my mouth. I also do a lot of venipunctures, but the nails are very short and I have never had a problem with them falling off or making holes in gloves. In fact, even taking them off is just short of excruciating torture, IMO, so they are on there to stay.

    My hospital doesn't have a policy against wearing them, but if I were working on the floor, I doubt if I would.
  11. by   Gator,SN
    Actually I wanted my nails to be long and pretty for graduation so I let them grow. I have stong natural nails. 2 weeks ago I found a paper that I wrote the first week of school about "what professionalism means to me" and decided to cut them. Before when everything was new and exciting I had an expectation that I wanted to live up to. Over the last 2 years I may have lowered my standards to fit what I could get away with in this area. It was an eye opener.
    For people that have cracked nails it is probably much safer to get the tips but for the rest, its probably not something we'd find acceptable from our own nurse if we were in the hospital. JMO
    Gator
  12. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Originally posted by mark_LD_RN
    no they are NOT ok! our hospital does not allow them. recently had a lot of postpartum infections at one hospital i work at it was traced back to one nurse who was wearing fake nails
    your patients deserve better do not compromise their care with you wearing fake nails
    WOW mark that is eye-opening. See, I could NOT live w/myself if I were that nurse the pp infections were linked to. HOW sad and unnecessary......I would feel VERY bad were it ME spreading infection around.
  13. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Originally posted by Gator,SN
    Actually I wanted my nails to be long and pretty for graduation so I let them grow. I have stong natural nails. 2 weeks ago I found a paper that I wrote the first week of school about "what professionalism means to me" and decided to cut them. Before when everything was new and exciting I had an expectation that I wanted to live up to. Over the last 2 years I may have lowered my standards to fit what I could get away with in this area. It was an eye opener.
    For people that have cracked nails it is probably much safer to get the tips but for the rest, its probably not something we'd find acceptable from our own nurse if we were in the hospital. JMO
    Gator
    Well said, Gator.

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