First of all, the reason why im making this post is because today was my first clinicals at a nursing home. and my preceptor took vital signs without gloves. So... I just want to hear your thoughts.
We all are taught by our teachers when to and not to wear gloves. Like gloves cant be worn in the halls and must not leave the room.
They also say, its ok to touch patients without gloves at certain occasions. like sometimes taking vital signs. Because they use the logic " If you're the patient, do you want a person to make you feel you're dirty cause they have gloves on every time they touch you?"
But, I think gloves should be worn every single time you make contact with patient and other materials that make indirect contact with patient. even though, a surface may look virtually clean, it might be contaminated by infectious microbes.
I dont want to seem mean, cause i know alot of people like touching others. i just want to share my opinion. im still new to nursing school.
Feb 15, '13
by loriangel14 Guide
The only time I would wear gloves for vitals is if the patient is in isolation.Hikernurse is right,you need to provide a human touch and gloves are not needed for normal contact.
My charge nurse says that students that aren't afraid to touch the patients tend to turn out to be be good nurses.
Last edit by loriangel14 on Feb 16, '13