The "uniforms are killing us" thread had many discussions about the things other then scrubs that can make a nurse look unprofessional. Here's a place to talk about unprofessional nails ...
First off, I have acrylic nails. I've had them since I was 16 and I'm now 29. For the last six years, I have had them done at the same place by the same woman (whom I adore) at a very upscale facility. I pay $34 each time to have them done and I have a standing appt every two weeks. I have pink and white acrylics, I have never worn polish on them and I could count on one hand the number of times I've had one break or crack in the last six years. I keep them short ... although right before my next appt they can be up to 1/4 inch above my fingertip.
I start working at a hospital in a week ... and I'm torn about my nails. Do I get rid of them? Is it unsanitary? I'm worried about my patients health but I do love my nails. I have ugly, weak, bent nails on my own (family genes) ... but if I have to, I'll give them up. I just don't want to!