Are nurses allowed to have their nails painted? - page 4
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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
- 0Jul 23, '12 by mdgaleI am SHOCKED this thread is even up here? The research related to artificial nails goes back before I even began my nurse aide training in 1996! Does anyone read a professional journal or online journal? How can we call ourselves professionals and not know that artificial nails are bad business for the patients whom we all "claim" is the reason we got into nursing in the first place?
- 0Jul 23, '12 by nursel56 GuideI think the issue was nail polish where policies vary from one facility to the other. We have had threads in the last couple of years though where people take issue with gels, wraps and other forms of artificial nails that have come on the market since the original study mentioned earlier in this thread here:
Outbreak of Extended‐Spectrum Beta‐Lactamase–Producing Klebsiella pneumoniae in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Linked to Artificial Nails
- 0Jul 25, '12 by BuckyBadgerRNQuote from RNewbieWell, fake nails sure do look pretty, but egads, the studies that show the amount of bacteria and nasties that are associated with them is enough to make me "just say no"Depends on where you work. All the places I've worked had a specific policy against false nails but they never enforce it. I used to wear fake nails and no one ever said anything to me. Now I always wear gel/shellac polish on my natural nails. Sometimes I have loud, crazy colors; I get lots of compliments. If anyone has time to focus on if your nails are real, fake, and polished they need to get a life and do some work.
I did 2 clinical rotations at a facility that spelled out in black and white that acrylic or other "fake" nails were an absolute no-no. Unless you were my clinical instructor apparently...'
- 0Jul 26, '12 by AeternaQuote from NightNurse876Wow, my nail polish lasts at least a few days! And yes, I wash my hands a lot. In fact, the skin on my hands is now peeling because of the hand sanitizer, and this is the second time it has happened in maybe a year (I think it also has something to do with the specific hand sanitizer my workplace uses, but I do use it a lot at work...)Also I have worn polish to work...ends up chipped in 2hrs.
My trick is to apply clear nail polish, two layers of the coloured nail polish, and then finish with another layer of clear nail polish. It takes time but it works.
- 1Jul 27, '12 by RNewbieFor those of you who can wear polish to work or in your specialty, I would suggest the gel/shellac polish. It last for about 3 weeks, doesn't chip, and doesn't wear off due to lots of hand washing and using sanitizer. You can get it done at most nail salons.
- 0Jul 27, '12 by Rose_Queen GuideQuote from RNewbieBest to check policies- this is specifically not allowed in ours.For those of you who can wear polish to work or in your specialty, I would suggest the gel/shellac polish. It last for about 3 weeks, doesn't chip, and doesn't wear off due to lots of hand washing and using sanitizer. You can get it done at most nail salons.
- 0Aug 29, '12 by MedChicaI've been looking into 'shellacing'. It's a type of polish, I thought.
Either way - I'm at an LTC. I just asked the DON about it 2 days ago and it's allowed.
Regular nail polish will not stand up to the handwashing.
In the hospital where I used to work, though? The shellacing probably wouldn't be allowed anywhere near the nursing sector.