Artificial Fingernails

  1. I would like to know how many hospitals have a policy that does NOT ALLOW direct pt caregivers to wear artificial nails.
    •  
  2. 18 Comments

  3. by   USA987
    I think there was recently a thread on this. You might want to try the search button...
  4. by   karenG
    yep- we did this one to death a few weeks ago- think the general feeling was that artificial nails and nurses dont go!

    Karen
  5. by   SC RN
    The OP is not asking what OUR opinions are ... she's asking about hospital policy.

    No, our hospital does not have an official policy in writing. However, after participating in the threads here and doing my own research, I chose to have mine taken off before taking a job at the hospital.

    I'm very interested to see if there are hospitals that do have official policies ... not just floor by floor but an edict that covers the whole facility.
  6. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Ours does NOT have a policy; believe it or not. I am shocked. It's been shown over and over that art. nails are linked with nosocomial infections in numerous cases. I won't be surprised when the time comes a policy is written.
  7. by   Gator,SN
    Yep! this one has been done in several forums and posters do address hospital policy. Check it out, it had many replies.

    Gator
  8. by   Scavenger'sWife
    Yes. our hospital has a facility-wide rule forbidding artificial nails if you are in a job where you give direct patient care. This means it covers: nurses/aides, housekeeping, unit clerks, pharmacists, PT/OT, lab/EKG techs.....etc. It allows persons in office-type positions to have "nails". I will say, however, many choose to not obey. It seems to depend on who your manager is, whether you get "busted".
  9. by   nursenatalie
    Our hospital has a policy that begins June 1st...no artificial nails and natural nails must not extend beyond fingertips
  10. by   howie122832
    Originally posted by nursenatalie
    Our hospital has a policy that begins June 1st...no artificial nails and natural nails must not extend beyond fingertips





    Do you work at ORMC by chance???
  11. by   igloorn93
    Yup, our hospital has a policy of no artificial nails for anyone who comes into contact with patients or patient related materials. i.e. Patient charts etc. Basically no-one is allowed to wear the fake nails. I think it's a great policy, but then i'm from the old school that didn't even allow nurses to wear nail polish as the polish could trap germs. Our hospital btw, still allows manicures etc. just no fake nails.
  12. by   NurseGreenEyes RN
    No one has told me anything about taking my nails off!
    But you know what!!! It's such a drag wearing fake nails, my nails and hands get sooooo dry from so much frequent handwashing.
    Boy!!!! Hospital soap just ruins them! I apply lotion like crazy!

    Any ideas to keep your hands from being so dry? Especially around the cuticles!!!!
  13. by   karenG
    Originally posted by nursegreeneyes
    !

    Any ideas to keep your hands from being so dry? Especially around the cuticles!!!!
    if you find anything- let me know!! when I worked at Moorfields eye hospital, my hands would get so dry, they would bleed!! now just very dry!! My mum( who is also a nurse) says you can tell nurses by the state of their hands............we always have dry hands!!

    :chuckle
    Karen
  14. by   Katnip
    Karen, I had a fellow student who had the same problem. She bought and home parrafin treatment machine and said it worked wonders.

close