Fake Nails on Nurses, Yay or Nay? - page 5

I was just wondering what everyone thought about nurses having gel or acrylic fake nails. There are a few girls on my unit that have them. I wanted to know what people's opinions were or if your unit... Read More

  1. by   danissa
    Whatever nails you have, if you are nursing anyone, nails should not be longer than the fingertips.Check out your hand from the palm side to see.
  2. by   SWAT_RN
    I personally have very thin nails, they split and peel and curl up on the edges. They look and feel awful. I've tried all kinds of "treatments" without much sucess. And I work in a "no fake nails" policy place, therefore my split, peeling and bloody mess is what I have. Once upon a time I had falsies (LOL) and kept them up weekly, they were short and smooth and always clean. Even with the dirty nail horror stories, I know they were cleaner with washing and glove wearing than those people who don't wash, now that's gross! Ah well.
  3. by   RNsRWe
    Quote from nursegirl1014
    Okay maybe i should rephrase.. where there is still dirt, bacteria, or whatever you want to call it.. your hand turns a flourescent yellowish color and it is usally around the nailbeds!
    Oh, ok...LOL! I had images of microscopes becoming obsolete in favor of 1960's -era room decor!

    I'm not sure I'd really want to look at people's hands under that light...had a patient the other day who came in with FECES visible under his long nails.....ick.
  4. by   HeartsOpenWide
    NAY!Breading ground for bacteria. I might even as for a different nurse
  5. by   Susan9608
    We recently had a nurse get fired for this very thing. She got several reminders, but refused to lose the fake nails. So now she's looking for a new job.
  6. by   foxxybrown
    nay, unsanitary
  7. by   zuzi
    I don't and I didn't wear fake nails, I don't have big nails also, not nail polish...is for me and my contacts health protection option so I don't like them that's all!
  8. by   tntrn
    [QUOTE=SWAT_RN;2233372]I personally have very thin nails, they split and peel and curl up on the edges. They look and feel awful. I've tried all kinds of "treatments" without much sucess. And I work in a "no fake nails" policy place, therefore my split, peeling and bloody mess is what I have. Once upon a time I had falsies (LOL) and kept them up weekly, they were short and smooth and always clean.QUOTE]

    I totally hear you on this. I think my own nails are just like yours, and probably inherited from my mom. If I had a quarter for every person who has told me I should do this or do that, to correct the problem, I'd be wealthy. When I wore acrylics, I kept them short, clean, (taking violin lessons so they couldn't be long) and I never had brittle, cracking, bleeding cuticles or nails. Not the case now. I know what the studies show, but I find it difficult to see how my current nail condition is any better than it was. I'll do what I must, but at some point should the big picture be viewed? Just one of my own personal soapboxes...

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