nurses and fake nails - page 2

I know fake nails are a huge no no... but what about wearing nail polish in general? I heard that bacteria can harbor in your nails if your nail polish is chipped. What do y'all think? Is nail polish... Read More

  1. by   Lorie P.
    i have also been known to wipe my id badge down( with the germacide solution we use for cleaning) after if has fallen into some pretty nasty stuff, won't even go there also what about when a pt is usually confused and has terrible cooties and like to grab onto you name badge to look at it while you are doing an assessment or treatment??
    call me a cleaning freak:spin: but at least i do clean!
  2. by   Pumpkin1621
    Quote from Sweden
    One issue with clear (or colored) nail polish lies in that it harbors a lot of germs in tiny cracks (not noticeable to the eye) which are not that easy to wash off. Rings, watches also hide bacteria and make it almost impossible to wash your hands properly!

    Anna
    Oh thanks Anna!

    Speaking of watches harboring bacteria, I have also heard it is good to wear the watches that clip to a pocket or lapel. What do you guys think of those? Are they easily accessible? Does anyone have a link to their favorite?
  3. by   kate1969
    at my facility there is a policy for nails/nailpolish and no one adheres to it, but it seems as though administration would rather focus on cellphones and their usage in patient rooms, though I hate that too and its another topic on its own, but they focus more on that than on fingernails...not to mention our time clock, you have to punch in your code, then stick your finger there so the clock can scan it to make sure it's you...talk about germy.....I would worry about that one more than cellphones too...hehe, sorry...had to say it though
  4. by   Sweden
    Quote from crysobrn
    We are not supposed to wear nailpolish or rings (they do allow a wedding band).
    How can the hospital/unit say rings are not allowed and still be ok with wedding bands? Bacteria/germs dont know the difference between rings!

    If you have seen a culture (sorry, not sure about the correct word) made from a ring, why on earth would you want to wear them at work? Its not just for the patients sake, I would not want all that bacteria to travel back home with me.....

    Anna:spin:
  5. by   Gromit
    Well, I doubt they could enforce a ban on wedding bands. Your argument makes total sense, and is logical to boot, but wedding rings/bands tend to transcend that kind of reasoning. Tradition, religion, take your pick, but I know I'm NOT taking mine off -and in fact, I don't know of anyone else who does either. I don't wear watches (don't even own one) or neclaces or anything like that.
  6. by   Sweden
    Quote from Gromit
    Well, I doubt they could enforce a ban on wedding bands. Your argument makes total sense, and is logical to boot, but wedding rings/bands tend to transcend that kind of reasoning. Tradition, religion, take your pick, but I know I'm NOT taking mine off -and in fact, I don't know of anyone else who does either. I don't wear watches (don't even own one) or neclaces or anything like that.
    Not complying with rules are ground for termination of employment at our hospital and I actually think its right! This is for your and the patients sake.....

    Like I said before visitors and parents (or patients, but since I only take care of babies thats not an issue here) are not allowed theres either.

    Necklaces, earrings are allowed, simply because they dont come in contact with patients.

    Anna
  7. by   JBudd
    Quote from Pumpkin1621
    Oh thanks Anna!

    Speaking of watches harboring bacteria, I have also heard it is good to wear the watches that clip to a pocket or lapel. What do you guys think of those? Are they easily accessible? Does anyone have a link to their favorite?
    You can get cheap pocket watches with a chain that will hook to your waist band for under $10, at Walmart or anyplace that sells watches. They look nice, and if they get ruined you aren't out much.
  8. by   Gromit
    Quote from Sweden
    Not complying with rules are ground for termination of employment at our hospital and I actually think its right! This is for your and the patients sake.....

    Like I said before visitors and parents (or patients, but since I only take care of babies thats not an issue here) are not allowed theres either.

    Necklaces, earrings are allowed, simply because they dont come in contact with patients.

    Anna
    Then I am ok. My wedding band does not come in contact with any patient. I ALWAYS (and I do mean that) wear gloves. I've yet to see ANY place include wedding bands in a 'banned' list. I've always figured that was because wedding bands are smooth (no jewels on 'em to snag or tear). In all honesty, I never really gave it much thought. But if such a thing were suddenly 'banned' and if they suddenly began to enforce it, there are other places to work.
  9. by   Pumpkin1621
    Quote from JBudd
    You can get cheap pocket watches with a chain that will hook to your waist band for under $10, at Walmart or anyplace that sells watches. They look nice, and if they get ruined you aren't out much.
    Thanks JBudd
  10. by   gt4everpn
    Quote from TigerGalLE
    I know fake nails are a huge no no... but what about wearing nail polish in general? I heard that bacteria can harbor in your nails if your nail polish is chipped. What do y'all think? Is nail polish ok?

    I love to wear nail polish and fake nails sometimes too but I don't think chipped nail polish can harbor bacteria, nail polish is only a thin layer and I don't think bacteria can stay under there very long especially if your washing your hands. Nails of course can't be past a certain length and thats because there's room for bacteria to grow under there.
  11. by   nj1grlcrus
    fake nails spread germs and are responsible for many nosocomial infections, do the research. They may LOOK neat and clean, but they can kill you pt. No joke, i remember a bunch of years ago, when they were blamed for an infection that spread through a nursery.

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