artifical nails off..angry nurse - page 5

Hi Everyone..i found this site looking for information on artifical nails and nurses.So,iam a brand new member. I do home health and have had artifical nails on for 18yrs .Dec.30th i was told i was... Read More

  1. by   teeituptom
    Quote from Lady Sapphire
    Hi Everyone..i found this site looking for information on artifical nails and nurses.So,iam a brand new member.
    I do home health and have had artifical nails on for 18yrs .Dec.30th i was told i was to take them off...so i contacted a nail tech and told her my situation and she (as well as one other salon) told me they were putting a gel(like a hard nail polish) over many of the nurses who had to take their nails off....so this is what i did.
    On Jan.11th while talking to one of my supervisors about some paperwork,,i was reminded i had to take my nails off,,i said these are my own nails with a gel hardner over my nails..she said she would have to check that out...i tried to also with infection control but they never called me back.
    When i returned to work 2 days later,,instead of telling me what they found out,i was written up,and told i could not work that day and was sent home.Iam very angry :angryfire
    I took the gel off,and now my nails are sore ,hands look ugly,i cant peel an orange,scratch..nothing.Iam feeling very helpless and down.
    Has anyone else experienced this when taking off their nails and how did you handle it? Are we not able to even have a gel temporarily over our thin weakened nails,,till the new stronger nails appears?
    Please help as iam writing a rebuttal to this written warning.Thanks
    Lady Sapphire
    I think long nails, artificial nails are unattractive and unprofessional in any case, and they certainly dont look good on me atall

    besides they interfere with my golf grip
  2. by   apaisRN
    My nails are weak because of genetics, not diet. They were weak before acrylics and weaker afterward, until they frew out. My mom's are the same way. I very much doubt I am undernourished. Yes, malnutrition causes fragility, but some of us didn't start out with tough nails. I trim mine often because if I don't they will split and create sharp edges or hangnails. I miss having nice acrylics but I can live with it.
  3. by   LPN1974
    Quote from apaisRN
    My nails are weak because of genetics, not diet. They were weak before acrylics and weaker afterward, until they frew out. My mom's are the same way. I very much doubt I am undernourished. Yes, malnutrition causes fragility, but some of us didn't start out with tough nails. I trim mine often because if I don't they will split and create sharp edges or hangnails. I miss having nice acrylics but I can live with it.

    My nails are the same way! Very weak, thin, and if I put any kind of polish on them it causes them to split, crack and peel. I've tried all kinds of stuff to no avail. So I just keep them short and clean, and have just forgotten about having pretty nails.
    I sure won't put on fakes because if polish can damage my nails no telling what fake nails would do to me.
    I would give anything to at least have harder nails of my own, but that is not to be for me.
  4. by   nowplayingEDRN
    teeituptom states:
    I think long nails, artificial nails are unattractive and unprofessional in any case, and they certainly dont look good on me atall
    If you ever decide to try them on for size, Tom...please post a picture so we can see!!!!
  5. by   BETSRN
    Quote from Lady Sapphire
    Thanks for replying..so it is true that i cant even have a gel hardner over my nails?Has anybody addressed your cracked and sometimes bleeding finger pads?I agree ,i would think that would be more or as detrimental then the artifical nails.So you made lemonade with the lemons,they threw at us nurses,huh?
    I hope i can reach that point,iam still very angry and my nails hurt.It angers me that our work has so much control over us.Guess i need to get a new job,huh??Ha!ha!
    I am not an artificial nail oerson (had them once for a couple of weeks only) but while you are waiting, I would suggest taking some prenatal vitamins (you can buy them OTC). They seem to really make people's nails grow! I know mine did. That should help strengthen the nails as they grow out.
    I know it is easy for me to say so, but your nails will be a lot healthier without the fake stuff on there.
  6. by   KrisRNwannabe
    Please go to fingernailcare.com they sell great stuff to get your nails back to normal after the fakes comes off. they also have a great forum with lots of ideas for help. my sis uses the stuff and loves it. i too am going to try it since i am a long time acrylic wearer. I find it funny that my Nursing instructor (who also heads the department) wears acrylics, and so do more than half of the nurses and aides on my floor for clinicals. now students were told no fakes, short nails and only light colored polish, (no blues, greens or wild colors, think pale pinks and beiges) fine for me since i always have a french manicure. thought it was funny on friday got yelled for wearing the barbell on my tongue by a nurse with fakes. makes it hard for the students that have worn them for years without porblems when you still see nurses wearing them.

    kris
  7. by   KrisRNwannabe
    almost forgot about the makeup thing. just a bit of foundation (to cover the circles and uneven skin) and lipgloss. that is all it takes cuz. I got permanent makeup!!!!! i got eyeliner tattooed on and full lips done in a light earthy brownish color. expensive but a great timesaver. another great time saver of mine is fake hair I buy the toni brand from HSN.com just clip in and go. and everyone thinks i have great hair. truth is I have enough hair for 5-7 people with a mind of its own. sometimes it even rejects a pony tail. hopefully no one from work guesses who this is. my secrets will be out!!
  8. by   happthearts
    I bet you a dollar your nurse came from the old school ,where there was no polish allowed and only clear over very short nails were allowed. I will say when My company hire's in home health we look at the nurses nails before we hire them caual like .If there not clean ,They could have a great resume and we wouldn't hire them. Means they have a problem with hand washing
    I wonder if you had a note from your nail lady if it would have help if the knew the nails were really yours and your wore clear nail polish.with french tips .My comapny find this acceptable as long as the nails are not to long as to stratch the Pt.
  9. by   BETSRN
    Quote from KrisRNwannabe
    Please go to fingernailcare.com they sell great stuff to get your nails back to normal after the fakes comes off. they also have a great forum with lots of ideas for help. my sis uses the stuff and loves it. i too am going to try it since i am a long time acrylic wearer. I find it funny that my Nursing instructor (who also heads the department) wears acrylics, and so do more than half of the nurses and aides on my floor for clinicals. now students were told no fakes, short nails and only light colored polish, (no blues, greens or wild colors, think pale pinks and beiges) fine for me since i always have a french manicure. thought it was funny on friday got yelled for wearing the barbell on my tongue by a nurse with fakes. makes it hard for the students that have worn them for years without porblems when you still see nurses wearing them.

    kris
    I am sorry, but a barbell in your tongue is NOT a good representation for a nurse!
  10. by   obeyacts2
    Quote from BETSRN
    I am sorry, but a barbell in your tongue is NOT a good representation for a nurse!
    My agency says no visible piercings and tattoos have to be covered by the uniform/clothing. I told one aide with a barbell to be careful who she showed it to, she could get into hot water. I did ask her what it was like to get one put in.......out of curiousity. I dont even have pierced ears, I cant imagine piercing some of the places people pierce nowadays LOL. My Dh told me a guy at work had his scrotum pierced wiith a ring in it OWWWW.

    Laura
  11. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    I consider a tongue piecing a visual piercing. So does my employer.

    My Dh told me a guy at work had his scrotum pierced wiith a ring in it OWWWW.
    I guess unless his scrotum's hanging out of his scrubs/uniform, it's not my concern lol.

    (At the rate we're going for what people get away with wearing to work, i wouldn't rule out the incidence of such an event.)
  12. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from BETSRN
    I am sorry, but a barbell in your tongue is NOT a good representation for a nurse!
    I agree.

    And i have yet to see someone who doesn't talk with a lisp as a result of it. When they talk, you see it.

    It amazes me at work how ticked off pts. get when anesthesia tell them the tongue ring has to come out. Nevermind the alternative is the ET tube snagging the ring, taking the ring out and shoving it down the trachea!
  13. by   URO-RN
    Off subject, but how do they go about piercing a tongue.? Ouch!

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