Are nurses allowed to have their nails painted? - page 2

I keep hearing nurses aren't allowed to wear acrylics, which I understand. Are nurses allowed to wear nail polish though? I love having my nails painted, but I don't mind giving this obsession up to... Read More

  1. Visit  Sarah01s profile page
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    i dont think it would be a problem as long as they arent all chipped and falling apart.Think of this;when your nails chip where do they go? exactly! you dont want people to find pieces of nail polish around! It could be a problem depending on your job though, some faculties are strict about it but others dont find any harm in it.
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  2. Visit  JBudd profile page
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    we've known about all this since at least 2002, why is it even a debate anymore? although the op being new asked a good question.



    "studies have documented that subungual areas of the hand harbor high concentrations of bacteria, most frequently coagulase-negative staphylococci, gram-negative rods (including pseudomonas spp.), corynebacteria, and yeasts (14,342,343). freshly applied nail polish does not increase the number of bacteria recovered from periungual skin, but chipped nail polish may support the growth of larger numbers of organisms on fingernails (344,345). even after careful handwashing or the use of surgical scrubs, personnel often harbor substantial numbers of potential pathogens in the subungual spaces (346--348)."

    "recently, an outbreak of p. aeruginosa in a neonatal intensive care unit was attributed to two nurses (one with long natural nails and one with long artificial nails) who carried the implicated strains of pseudomonas spp. on their hands (350). patients were substantially more likely than controls to have been cared for by the two nurses during the exposure period, indicating that colonization of long or artificial nails with pseudomonas spp. may have contributed to causing the outbreak. "

    [color=#333333]mmwr october 25, 2002 / 51(rr16);1-44 [color=#0b3d91]guideline for hand hygiene in health-care settings [color=#0b3d91]recommendations of the healthcare infection control practices advisory committee and the hicpac/shea/apic/idsa hand hygiene task force prepared by
    john m. boyce, m.d.1
    didier pittet, m.d.2
    1
    hospital of saint raphael
    new haven, connecticut
    2university of geneva
    geneva, switzerland
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  3. Visit  kdbuckley1 profile page
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    Both hospitals I have worked for have been very outspoken about not having even nail polish. I always have my toenails done, but nothing on the fingers now. Maybe depending on what area you may be able to in some. I have recently started in a high acuity ICU where it is an absolute no-no. Our patients are already sick enough.
  4. Visit  SwansonRN profile page
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    We're not supposed to for reasons that others have highlighted, but a lot do and get away with it.

    Me, I'm trying to embrace my newly ugly/rough hands as a part of the job, but it does make me sad sometimes. I love nail polish
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  5. Visit  BrandonLPN profile page
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    I don't understand how a nurse could even function at her job with fake acrylic nails? Where I work, digital feces removal is a regular task. Can you imagine a nurse with fake nails doing this??
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  6. Visit  DoGoodThenGo profile page
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    Quote from BrandonLPN
    I don't understand how a nurse could even function at her job with fake acrylic nails? Where I work, digital feces removal is a regular task. Can you imagine a nurse with fake nails doing this??
    Years ago there was a news report about something that happened at a local newborn/NICU nursery. The film coverage showed several nursery nurses attending infants with long (and I mean long enough to curl over and under) painted (fake?) nails.

    My former Med/Surg I professors/instructors would have had a fit.
  7. Visit  Rose_Queen profile page
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    We aren't allowed to have fake nails of any type. Nail polish in neutral colors is allowed if not chipped and less than four days old. My hands take a beating from being washed and hand sanitizer gelled. Polish doesn't even last a full shift. Tried it once, now I just have bright cheerful toenails and leave it at that.
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  8. Visit  nursel56 profile page
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    Quote from blondy2061h
    I would hope being a healthcare worker you wouldn't need someone breathing down your neck to enforce such a policy, you would just want to do what's best for your patients and yourself by not wearing fake nails that can harbor and transmit germs.
    This, and the resource JBudd reprinted in her post, is basically the stance the CDC takes in Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings, which extends to chipped polish as well. Higher levels of bacteria are present, so not wearing polish seems like the safest choice. In my case polish normally starts to chip that same day anyway, so it isn't worth the bother.
  9. Visit  anotherone profile page
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    Completely depends on the facility and the unit. some you are not allowed to at all and it is enforced. in others you are allowed to as long as it is not chipped and is a ligh color , in other facilities who knows what the policy is and nothing is enforced. I don't know what our policy is in rings but some nurses wear wedding bands/engagement rings which are just as likely to harbor bacteria as anything else. .......................
  10. Visit  NurseCard profile page
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    I paint my nails, but the polish comes off with all of the hand
    sanitizer that I use!

    I would like to have a manicure but I'm not sure what in the
    world to have done. Can't have fake nails. Can't have a
    french manicure or have the nails painted; again the polish
    just comes right off. Guess I'd just have to have my
    cuticles done.
  11. Visit  JBudd profile page
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    Quote from NurseCard
    I would like to have a manicure but I'm not sure what in the
    world to have done.
    I'd go for the hand massage alone.
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  12. Visit  nursel56 profile page
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    Quote from NurseCard
    I paint my nails, but the polish comes off with all of the hand
    sanitizer that I use!

    I would like to have a manicure but I'm not sure what in the
    world to have done. Can't have fake nails. Can't have a
    french manicure or have the nails painted; again the polish
    just comes right off. Guess I'd just have to have my
    cuticles done.
    My daughter got a nail buffing kit and did mine - it looked like clear polish when she was done. Hand massage sounds great, too . . .
    Amnesty likes this.
  13. Visit  NightNurse876 profile page
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    I was just toying with the idea of getting my nails done...going on vacay but will have to work and go straight to the airport so no time for nail between work and travel. Also I have worn polish to work...ends up chipped in 2hrs. But me personally, I try to not do a thing without gloves on anyways, not that its the ultimate protector but I dont just run in a room unprotected bc I dont SEE poop or blood...so yes chipped nails harbor bacteria but if I never touch my patient without gloves...I think my nail germs will stay mine...lol. And yes I know I can touch a chart and the bug jumps off and someone else touches and now their patient has my nail bug...but in a perfect world where we all wore gloves and did hand washing I think we'd be ok. I agree that some ppl do need to get a life and not be down my back bc I know the rules...if one doesn't know the rules then send on perfect patty with the megaphone reminders.

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