Guys, do you wear your wedding band to work?

  1. 0 For those of you who wear your wedding band, do you wear it to work? I don't want to have to be constantly taking it off to clean it.

    I'm thinking I will probably just wear it outside of work. What do you do?
    Last edit by JaredCNA on Dec 18, '07
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    From 'Texas'; Joined Jan '07; Posts: 281; Likes: 80. You can follow JaredCNA at My Website

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  4. Visit  David's Harp profile page
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    I keep mine tied on the drawstrings of my scrubs. I don't wear it because I figure it's better to have all surfaces of the hands clear for washing, and I figure should be no need to show proof of marriage in the workplace.

    That said, I have gotten questions about it (naturally, in a mostly female workplace), but my reasoning is pretty straightforward and, since I'm never trying to be a player or anything anyway, folks put 2 and 2 together and it's not an issue.

    The drawstrings idea works, though, as a way to keep from losing the darned thing altogether.

    -Kevin
  5. Visit  SteveNNP profile page
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    I could see myself untying my scrub drawstring in the bathroom, and "clink....plop"
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  6. Visit  barefootlady profile page
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    I am perplexed? Females wear plain gold/silver bands at work and seem to be able to get their hands clean, do dressings and txs, give meds, and any number of things requiring cleanliness. So why does wearing a plain band present a problem? I am not trying to be a jerk, I just don't understand why this is a problem.
  7. Visit  RNDave profile page
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    Quote from barefootlady
    I am perplexed? Females wear plain gold/silver bands at work and seem to be able to get their hands clean, do dressings and txs, give meds, and any number of things requiring cleanliness. So why does wearing a plain band present a problem? I am not trying to be a jerk, I just don't understand why this is a problem.
    I agree, barefootlady. I wear mine on the appropriate finger. No one in management or my coworkers has mentioned taking it off to clean. But, maybe we should. Who knows what nosocomial evils lurk there!

    Dave
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  8. Visit  shodobe profile page
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    I lost mine 31 years ago, 2 weeks into my OR orientation. I haven't worn one since. My wife doesn't care one way or another whether I wear one or not. She KNOWS I KNOW I am married. If you work in an area that requires more hand washing or scrubbing, such as the OR, then maybe it would be better not to wear it to work.
  9. Visit  David's Harp profile page
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    Quote from barefootlady
    I am perplexed? Females wear plain gold/silver bands at work and seem to be able to get their hands clean, do dressings and txs, give meds, and any number of things requiring cleanliness. So why does wearing a plain band present a problem? I am not trying to be a jerk, I just don't understand why this is a problem.
    I didn't say it was an entirely reasonable concern, just that it was a concern! Who knows, it might not be an issue - I'd just rather have it off and not think about it. If I could, I'd go without a watch, too, for the same reason, but that's a tougher workaround.

    -Kevin
  10. Visit  styRN profile page
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    Quote from JaredCNA
    For those of you who wear your wedding band, do you wear it to work? I don't want to have to be constantly taking it off to clean it.
    I'm thinking I will probably just wear it outside of work. What do you do?
    I think your question would be better answered if we knew what type of nursing you were doing and the types of things you were exposing yourself (and your hands and your ring) to.

    I wear my plain gold band everyday to work, but off it comes, along with my watch and medic alert bracelet for those few times a day I might need to perform a procedure with aseptic technique. Otherwise, good handwashing and alcohol-based hand scrubs in-between and I'm good to go.

    I am responsible for monitoring all infection control practices at work and it's allowable as part of our nursing dress code, but common sense should dictate if/when it would be inappropriate and use your own judgement accordingly.
  11. Visit  Spidey's mom profile page
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    I've read threads about this off and on in the last few years. One was quite lengthy but I just did a search and cannot find it.

    I don't wear my rings to work at all.

    steph
  12. Visit  callmekipling profile page
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    I'm not a nurse (yet) and I'm not married (yet, but let's face it the odds are in my favor lol)..

    But I always wondered, why not wear it on a string? it'd make kind of a cool necklace.

    Unless you're working psych, that's a good way to get strangled.
  13. Visit  luvschoolnursing profile page
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    Hijacking the guys thread here. My husband is an auto mechanic so infection control would not be an issue, but he does wear his everyday. Maybe that's why he's on his 2nd band and getting ready for his 3rd! He said it doesn't get in the way, just gets beat up a lot.
  14. Visit  socalpca profile page
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    I wear my wedding band. I clean under & around it both with our alcohol gel & with our cida-stat soap. I haven't gotten it dirty, I haven't lost it, but it does get beat up a lot.
    Last edit by socalpca on Dec 23, '07
  15. Visit  vamedic4 profile page
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    I do, all the time. It keeps me from losing the thing - and that'd lead to some drama at my house, let me tell you.
    Yes, you can get your hands clean after whatever procedure you've done...careful handwashing is key..heck I even put lotion on with my ring on -add the gloves (so the lotion soaks in) and my hands are baby soft again...until the next patient encounter.

    I'll keep the ring on...no sense causing trouble by taking it off. I can get into enough trouble all by myself.
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