Are nurses allowed to have their nails painted? - page 3

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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 be a nurse! :)... Read More


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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.
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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. .......................
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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.
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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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    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 . . .
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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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    I think "Newbie" says it all. Look at ME! Look at my nails!! Would you want to work in a shellac factory? Why would you put it on your nails? Obviously you never did an OR rotation where hygiene standards are observed more keenly. Fake nails are cesspools of disease.
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    Last edit by f_nurse2b16 on Jul 19, '12
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    Subee? Listen, there's no need for the "smart" remarks. I CLEARLY said in my post that I understand if we can't wear Acrylics. Pull the stick out of your rear!
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    My hospital has a naked nail policy. They don't want to go policing possibly chipped nails.


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