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Bringing your own masks to work..

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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?

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kbrn2002 has 25 years experience as a ADN, RN and specializes in Geriatrics, Dialysis.

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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.

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mimibrown has 6 years experience as a ADN, BSN and specializes in Med-Surg.

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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.

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PAPRWRK has 26 years experience and specializes in ICU.

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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.

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