Gel nail polish

  1. Please direct me to the research that state that gel nail polish poses an infection risk.
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  3. by   NRSKarenRN
    See research posted in this classic allnurses thread: The fingernail police!

    CDC: Guideline for Hand Hygiene in Health-Care Settings view "show me the science section"
  4. by   elkpark
    Nails? Again?

    Are you looking for support for a policy banning gel polish in a healthcare facility that you're writing, or are you yet another person outraged that you can't wear gel polish to work? If the latter, why don't you ask your employer for the evidence supporting their policy? There are multiple older threads here discussing the infection concerns related to nail polish and gel polish. You can use the "search" function to find them. The outraged people are never happy or satisfied with the answers they get. In the end, it doesn't really matter; if a facility has a policy that forbids gel polish, one's options are to abide by the employer's policy or find someplace else to work. In a perfect world, every policy regarding personal appearance and dress code at work would have some solid scientific evidence supporting it, but employers aren't required to have scientific support for their policies, as long as they treat employees equally and aren't violating any state or Federal equal opportunity or employment law.
  5. by   Here.I.Stand
    But gel polish looks so hott... sorry, couldn't resist.
  6. by   ItsThatJenGirl
    Quote from NRSKarenRN
    See research posted in this classic allnurses thread: The fingernail police!

    CDC: Guideline for Hand Hygiene in Health-Care Settings view "show me the science section"
    Guess it's time to stop getting my nails did.
  7. by   Julius Seizure
    Quote from ItsThatJenGirl
    Guess it's time to stop getting my nails did.
    NEVER!!!
  8. by   Meriwhen
    Quote from ItsThatJenGirl
    Guess it's time to stop getting my nails did.
    I solve the nail polish at work problem by just painting the toenails. They've yet to make an appearance from under their compression stockings.
  9. by   hppygr8ful
    Back in my pre-recovery days when I was full of righteous indignation I wanted to know WHY I COULD WEAR ACRYLICS when I worked. Now I have read the research and just play by the rules. I like my job and the people I work for - some of their policies are a bit wacky but I just go-along to get along. I do get regular manicures and pay $5.00 extra for "Buffy Shiney" but that's about it.

    Hppy
  10. by   nursel56
    Yes, but I have a pale pink French manicure! Sorry.

    Kidding aside, buff nails look a lot better than I imagined they would.
  11. by   ponymom
    Why the hell are you worried about gel nails anyway, that crap isn't even good for them..
  12. by   Extra Pickles
    Quote from ponymom
    Why the hell are you worried about gel nails anyway, that crap isn't even good for them..
    If I only did what was good for me I'd never let another chocolate éclair pass my lips. And THAT ain't gonna happen lol. But no, I don't support gel or acrylic or anything else that can create an entire biosphere of bacteria under my nails.
  13. by   ItsThatJenGirl
    Quote from ponymom
    Why the hell are you worried about gel nails anyway, that crap isn't even good for them..
    Because I like them.
  14. by   la_chica_suerte85
    This is one of the studies that my facility uses as evidence to base their policy on restricting people in direct patient care areas from wearing acrylic nails or gels or having long natural nails: Candida Osteomyelitis and Diskitis after Spinal Surgery: An Outbreak That Implicates Artificial Nail Use | Clinical Infectious Diseases | Oxford Academic

    It's a case study, but still....

    Candida osteomyelitis...blech. I read the title and, though I was fine and understood that acrylics, gels, chipped polish and long nails can harbor gnarly bacteria, that pushed it over the top for me.

    Now, in the real world most people who want to wear polish, gels or acrylics still do, but they are aware of the risk. It may not be the worst risk but it's there, even if the facility doesn't go out of their way to enforce the policy.

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