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Any other nurses with poor quality fingerprints?


Every time I start a new job or have to be fingerprinted for any reason, my fingerprints get rejected for poor image quality and I have to redo them. I'm wondering if this is common among nurses, possibly because of all of our hand washing?

bagladyrn, RN

Specializes in OB.

I've had the same issue. Usually works better if you find some place that does the electronic fingerprinting.

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 15 years experience.

In 2006 I was told that my fingerprints are of 'poor quality' by a technician at the local police station who was inking and rolling them onto a fingerprint card.

Ah, the joys of earning a living by using one's hands all day.

Yes. It has taken over an hour to get a good set of prints off me. Imagine my shock when the last time I went to get this done and it was all over in about 5 min. I don't even think there was one retake! The only thing I can point to is that I have been using bath and body works 'look ma, new hands' cream w/ paraffin every day and night. Try it! ;)

mmc51264, ADN, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in orthopedic; Informatics, diabetes. Has 9 years experience.

i managed to fingerprints for school/jobs, but may of the fingerprint recognition resources at work (so you don't have to login everytime) don't read mine :(

I have this problem. I have been told that it often happens when hands are cold, which mine often are. I try to keep my hands warm when I know I'm going to be fingerprinted, but otherwise I've just resigned myself that it's going to take a few tries.

I think it's years of alcohol wipes and gels, plus using disinfectant wipes without gloves (yes, horrors, I done that!). I track very poorly in ink, and worse electronically. Scanners can't seem to find a usable pattern/print on me.

PYXIS, I need to use a password, as half my thumb doesn't count as a real print :cyclops:

I do fingerprinting from time to time and it's part of my husband's business.

People who do manual labor over many years are notoriously hard to read.

Years of wearing down the prints, diabetic fingertips, dry hands and cold hands are culprits.

The fingerprinter can "force capture" the fingerprints through and hope for the best, and it sounds like, in OP's case, the prints just weren't good enough.

This is not unusual.