Gel polish

  1. Not sure if this is the right place for this question...but is gel polish ( not gel tips) sanitary ?
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  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   OnOn2NICU
    We were told it was not by our faculty
  4. by   JustBeachyNurse
    It's not perfect and can have microscopic chips and as such not sanitary. While more durable than typical polish it's still kit permitted in many units/facilities.
  5. by   AJJKRN
    The ladies, and a few gents, at my facility wear something called shellac polish. I don't know much about either because I really haven't painted my nails in a decade.
  6. by   applesxoranges
    You'll have to look at your policy to see if it is allowed. To be honest, some facilities are more lax than they used to be.
  7. by   heron
    Quote from applesxoranges
    You'll have to look at your policy to see if it is allowed. To be honest, some facilities are more lax than they used to be.
    Thal'll last until they get their first superbug outbreak, then watch out!
  8. by   klone
    Well, it's no less sanitary than regular nail polish.
  9. by   klone
    Quote from AJJKRN
    The ladies, and a few gents, at my facility wear something called shellac polish. I don't know much about either because I really haven't painted my nails in a decade.
    That's what gel polish is. Shellac is just a brand of that.
  10. by   JustBeachyNurse
    Quote from klone
    Well, it's no less sanitary than regular nail polish.
    Most facilities, or at least high risk clinical areas such as NICU, PICU & oncology don't allow any kind of polish because microorganisms like to grow in the small chips/cracks.
  11. by   BmoreOrioles
    That's what I figured that it was unsanitary. I was hopeful because it lasts longer but not going to risk it. I start a job this week in LTAC and I guess I'll start it with naked nails. thanks every one for replies.
  12. by   SallyTheCamel
    One good thing about home health! I am allowed to wear polish. I get a manicure every 1.5-2 weeks and keep my nails very short (not past fingertips). I do work with a couple of ladies that have tips and very elaborate designs (crystals, charms, designs).
  13. by   NurseMegBSNRN
    I work on a med surg unit who is pretty laid back about nail polish but most days I still take mine off. Special occasions I might get them done but I would say get a feel for your unit first and know that you should always of course wear gloves when it comes to patient contact . I see some nurses who get the little gems on their nails and that to me is a HUGE no-no... but the polish as long as it's not super chipped I think would be OK if you're gloving.
  14. by   topazann
    Each hospital has their own regs and standards. Some won't allow a nurse to wear anything, while others will. But [personally I think If you are part of any kind of patient care at all (housekeepers, aides, lab, radiology, therapy, etc.), our town hospital doesn't permit enhancements of any kind. No polish is allowed, either colored or clear.
    Office workers are not included in the ban. I prefer nude nails like http://newaylook.com/best-ideas-on-nude-nails/or cream tip french.Now I have done real short gels with a sheer pink polish.

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