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Bringing your own masks to work..


I recently asked my charge nurse if I am allowed to wear masks that I have in storage. She told me no, because they are not approved tested masks. I had a bad cold last year and bought those blue facial masks from CVS. I only used about 2 from the box and put the rest in storage. I don't want to waste time digging them out of storage if I am told I can't wear them at work.

What say you all?

kbrn2002, ADN, RN

Specializes in Geriatrics, Dialysis. Has 19 years experience.

If you are lucky enough to work in a facility with no shortage of PPE abide by their current policies. Keep those masks available though as I would expect that policy to be a bit more flexible when a shortage of equipment does hit.

Or you could always use them yourself when you are out and about in public. I assume that there are times you are going to the grocery store, gas station etc. Those times would be perfect to use your personal masks.

mimibrown, ADN, BSN

Specializes in Med-Surg. Has 7 years experience.

I would bring them if I were you. We are running low on supplies. Keep them in your car or locker in case you need them.


Specializes in ICU. Has 27 years experience.

Use what the hospital supplies for you first, then keep those for your own use when-not if- when your hospital runs out. Follow CDC guidelines for re-use.