Staff and artificial nails - page 2

More than half of my staff are wearing artificial nails with outlandish nail polish. This is not allowed per policy but the staff has gotten away with it for years. Not only is this against policy,... Read More

  1. by   theantichick
    You know, I have in the past worn fake nails because I have a tendency to bite my nails... but the thought of wearing them in a facility freaks me completely out. Right now my nails are suffering because we're not even allowed to wear clear polish in school (though a lot of people wear colored and nothing's been said to them... ) and frankly I think the ratty cuticles and splitting nails are more of an infection risk than if I wore some clear strengthening polish and kept it fresh.

    What has amazed me is the number of techs I've seen in the various hospitals I've been in wearing those fake dragon lady nails. I wouldn't have thought a hospital would stand for it. I've never seen nurses with anything but short apparently natural nails, but the techs are doing as much or more hands-on patient care than the nurses.

    I'd *love* to see cultures run on anyone who thinks it's ok to wear them.
    Last edit by theantichick on Apr 7, '12 : Reason: spelling
  2. by   orthonurse55
    The CDC definitely has articles against artificial nails in the health care setting. I don't think there is any place for them and I would just let the staff know that effective immediately no one will be allowed to have patient contact while wearing them. I teach CNA's and if anyone shows up for class with them on, or even polish, they are sent to write a report for me as to why it is an infection control risk. And then they get to make up that clinical on another date.
  3. by   lumbarpain
    They dont belong on a healthcare providers nails. It is an Infection control problem and hands should be well taken care of, not cracked, no open wounds and kept clean and decent. Nail polish/fake nails are for partying, not for the workplace. The nails themselves can harbor dangerous bacteria under them without the user knowing it. And I am sure most of them dont scrub under those nails after every patient. Doctors dont wash their hands as much as we would love them too also......another problem.!!!
  4. by   afjgnp
    along with sharpeamom(sorry about spelling) if that stoy doesn't get them, there was one about nurses wearing them in the NICU and bables almost dying. I know it is expensive, but if you culture under one set of nails oh what you will what if the person with the nails has to face the family member of the person they injured. " Sorry I gave your loved one staph, streph, e coli, c.diff (fill in the blank )
  5. by   theantichick
    Getting a bit off topic, but what about people like me - without strengthening nail polish, my nails split and break and tear into the cuticles leaving me with ragged open sores? My nails and cuticles are a right mess now during school when we're not allowed to wear even clear polish. I think it's more of an infection issue than if I wear the strengthening polish and make sure the polish is replaced often enough that there aren't cracks and chips in it. Am I off base? I'm pretty sure I read a study somewhere that said that if the polish is in good repair, it's not a particular infection risk.

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