We don't have a policy regarding artificial nails at my work, as far as I know.However, several of my RN coworkers do have artificial nails.
Personally, I don't know how people can work with long nails (starting IVs,blood draws,etc)!It's amazing that you can work w/ them. I find long nails just get in my way & I end up scratching my pts w/o intending to. I try to keep my nails fairly short & bare (never polish @ work).
I have heard that nail polish and/or artificial nails do harbor more bacteria despite universal precautions.Here's one study in favor of banning them in the workplace:
Obviously, you wouldn't want to risk your patient's health, if you know the false nails are hazardous. Maybe the artificial nails & polish should be for "special occasions" only, and not for at work?
[This message has been edited by kona2 (edited April 20, 2001).]