Quote from AmericanChai
I am a student still, and I'm embarassed to say I'm a nail-biter.
I have tried to stop and I never have been able to. I wash my hands a lot and that helps I guess. The only thing that helped me to stop for awhile was getting sculptured nails. When I was working an office job I got very short white-tipped nails and of course they were so hard I could not bite them so I stopped trying. A year later I became a stay at home mom and did not have the budget for nails. I started biting again! :angryfire I was talking to a fellow student who has sculptured nails right now and told her I was looking forward to getting those again when I was working as a nurse, because I didn't want to bite them anymore. SHe said that sculptured nails are not allowed as a nurse because they are not sanitary.
So I guess my first question is, is that true, that they are not allowed? Even very short ones?
Secondly, what do you nail-biting nurses do? Obviously it's not a good idea for you or for patients to bite your nails.
I have the SAME problem. I have always suspected that people bite their nails b/c they have bad nails...that is why the sensation and urge to bite goes away after you get sculptured nails.
My nails, and even my toes, are so paper thin, they rip. I am trying my best not to bite, but I am more aware of it when I know my hands are dirty and need to be washed.
We are allowed to wear clear nail polish (but no French manicure...which is a polish and that makes NO SENSE)...so I found the thickest polish I could find and I put on 3 coats.
It helps some, but my hands still look like a man's b/c I have virtually no nail beds (genetics) in addition to my fingers being short and stubby....very, very unattractive, and I hide my hands alot b/c I'm so embarrassed by them.
If it was something I could have plastic surgery on and correct, I would...but this is something I have to live with and I am having a very, very difficult time with it. I'm even skipping a formal event that I was invited to on the 9th of November, b/c I can't have my nails, and therefore, I don't feel like I'll be fully dressed....so I'm not going...THAT is how much it bothers me.
So I feel your pain.
Take heart that not all hospitals have the policy, and I still believe that maintence has alot to do with it and personal grooming. The "nail thing" is controversial and that is why it hasn't been mandated for all hospitals by the state, it's just a recommendation, and some hospitals have the policy.
PS: I am researching the possibility of a porcelain overlay, but there is limited research on this. It was the original artificial nail before acrylic b/c a better option, but now it's used for people who are allergic to acrylic, so it contains NO acrylic. My nail technician is trying to gather information from the state that licenses her on this. If I can just get my nails to the end of my skin and about 1/8" over...I'll be happy with that...but I have to have something to support my natural nail to keep it from ripping....which is EXTREMELY painful for me, and puts ME at risk for infection.