False Nails (Does it promote infection?) - page 5

I am curious to what people think about this subject. At the hospital where I work they are really emphasizing that no care giver direct patient care or indirect patient care are permitted to wear... Read More

  1. by   RNforLongTime
    I have always had thin brittle nails. Acrylics make them worse and everytime I try to go without them, I end up biting my nails till they bleed cause they are so raggedy. Mine are real short too extending maybe 3mm over my fingertip. Neverhad them cultured. But I don't see the difference between naturally long nails and short acrylics.
  2. by   RNforLongTime
    Well, I took my acrylics off(myself of course as I refuse to pay the salon to do this when i can get the same stuff at Wal-Mart). My nails hurt! They are very brittle and paper thin. I have so many ridges on them--it'll take a year for them to grow out. I just hope I don't start biting them again.
  3. by   NicuGal
    Our policy just changed and went into effect...if you are caught wearing false/artifical nails, including gels, etc, you will be sent off the floor and can not return until you have them taken off.

    I am fine with this, but my question is...what about these mom's that come in with the fake nails....isn't there the same risk to the babies as us?
  4. by   Aussienurse2
    O.K. I like long nails but how do you work in them???????
    It seems to me that as soon as I walk onto the ward any nails I have that are longer than 0.05 of a centimeter long disintegrate. In the showers they get caught in the towels or washers, making beds they get caught in the sheets and are torn off, I give up, the potential for infection is every where.
    " Everything and everone is a potential source of infection", especially nails that have been torn off and left where they fall, unnoticed, habouring God knows what and some poor sick bugger stands on one, it breaks the skin and they end up with more probs than they started out with. Not worth the risk. What if it breaks off low in the nail bed? You open yourself up for infection. Save the fakies for your holidays, they last longer that way anyway.
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I think false nails in nursing are disgusting, unprofessional, and dangerous. I got my skin SCRATCHED OPEN by an artificial-nail-wearing nurse starting an IV on me. (yes she wore gloves, but sometimes that is not enough!).... I just prayed she wasn't gonna be the one to take care of my newborn, when she came. Imagine wearing such DAGGERS in the NURSERY!!!!

    If you want to wear art. nails or even LONG natural nails, then PUHLEEZE don't do bedside nursing. Go into research or some other field where they are not a hassle and a hazard. They are not worth the risks to yourself, your family, (when you bring organisms home), and the patients you are pledging to protect and "do no harm" to. BIG HUGE PET PEEVE OF MINE, sorry. NAILS AND PERFUME ON THE PT CARE AREAS...should be NO-NO's w/o exception.
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Jun 21, '02
  6. by   twells
    I've heard that well-kept, non-chipped polich and false nails would be safe, but how can anyone make it through 12-14 hours washing hands multiple times per hour and still have non-chipped polish?

    When I worked in surgery, I discovered that a 3coat plus topcoat manicure didn't survive the first scrub. After that, I went bare.
  7. by   RNforLongTime
    It's been two months now since I took my nails off. My nails are starting to get back to normal. I've been having a major problem with hangnails though. I try to push my cuticles back while I'm in the shower but it doesn't seem to be helping. The skin around my right thumb nail is constantly peeling. I don't know what to do. I tried putting a strenghtener on them but it just keeps chipping off. HELP!!!
  8. by   fadingyouth
    I just reapplied nail tips. Short enough to be able to do anything .
    I tried applying strengthners, creams, gels, but my nails curve inward and split straight down the middle.
    They did all this prior to my first application of artificial nails so they are not the culprit.
    Better that I try to keep my nails clean than to snag, bleed, tear or otherwise open myself to a bacterial field
  9. by   jewelsvu82
    about the nail issue.... (my parents have a nail shop)

    i just think that it all depends on how long and clean anyone want their nails to be. but, nevertheless, it is better to have short and clear nails if one would want to put in artificial nails.

    many of my parents' clients that are nurses tend to have short and managable nails and manicures to keep their nails clean and looking appropriate for sanitary purposes.

    all in all, personally natural nails or artificial -- a thorough hand wash before handling a patient and having an experienced nail tech would be best.

    so does nails promote infection? i think, yes. only because many nail techs who do not do the acrylic nail properly, then the natural nail bed can be infected with bacteria if water cracks through the artificial nails.
  10. by   Whisper
    Slightly off topic:
    But... at the monet I am on a community mental health placement, so no clinical tasks or anything that would require gloves, I have been able to let my nails grow. I had forgoten that the end of your nails were meant to be white! I had got that used to chopping them off, but I am having great difficulty doing normal tasks such as typing and opening packets. They will be cut off as soon as posible, I am trying to keep them long for a family wedding.

    I couldn't imagine having nails this length on a ward, I wouldn't be able to do anything, even if I got the time between washing my hands and nails.
    Last edit by Whisper on Jun 23, '02
  11. by   BROWN_KK


    I have to say that I have had those "dreaded" nails
    for the better part of 12 years. I wash my hands without fail. I am very, very picky about my nail operators and am almost crazy about any spaces opening between the overlay and my nail. I do not usually have tips on.......they are may nails underneath. And I keep them short and squared off. I also soak them off every four months and completely replace the overlay. Personally I think one should have the responsibility of their own hygiene. I choose nails instead of intricate jewelry which could easily harbor nasties. I also think you can tell who is a decent operator......and some peoples nails do not take well to the procedure. If they lift off frequently they are not for you. I do not intend to take them off unless forced or I decide they no longer are safe. Blanket statements about the cost or appearance are personal opinions and not relevant to the arguement.
  12. by   Love-A-Nurse
    originally posted by april0121
    at the hospital where i work they have just recently come out with a policy to ban wearing fake nails. the reason that they did this was because there was an outbreak of seratia in the nicu that took a long time to contain. many of the babies got very sick.
    wavey: and welcome. what a shame!
  13. by   TheLionessRN
    I am not saying that all nurses who wear long fake nails are lazy, but, in my own personal experience on the floors, the nurses who had those long nails were the ones who did absolutely nothing more than the bare minimum in their care. I am blessed with healthy fingernails. I cannot stand to have them cut all the way down because they seem to pick up dirt faster when they are really short. I cannot imagine doing the work on the floor with nails that had to be protected or with nails that are so long my fingertips never touch anything.

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