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Do you wear your engagement rings at work?

i am engaged but he hasn't bought a ring yet because i have been pondering this question. i am actually a nursing student still but plan to work in a hospital setting after graduation. so my question to you, the experienced nurses, is do you wear a solitaire style or large center diamond ring to work? or just your wedding band? anyone who does wear their ring, does it cause issues with gloves and stuff? i know this may sound like a silly question but we (my fi and i) were thinking that if it would get in the way he might get me a diamond band for an engagement ring that doesn't stick out like a solitaire would if other people who have worked in nursing jobs had issues with their rings.

Silverdragon102, BSN

Has 32 years experience. Specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC.

When I worked in the UK the policy was only wedding band and nothing with stones that would be liable to scratch the patient. I never wore my engagement ring at work but was allowed to wear my signet ring which was flat and no stones.

NurseLoveJoy88, ASN, RN

Has 6 years experience. Specializes in LTC.

i wear my wedding rings at work. i have flat stone diamonds and my center stones are small. I used to have a marquise cut diamond but changed to the set i have now because its more safe.

Crux1024

Specializes in Cardiac Telemetry, Emergency, SAFE.

We're allowed one ring per hand. They ask they you use discretion as far as large stones go. Youre liable to scratch a patient OR damage/lose your own stone. My ring is pretty flat, so I have no issues.

P_RN, ADN, RN

Has 30 years experience. Specializes in ORTHOPAEDICS-CERTIFIED SINCE 89.

I wear NO rings to work. DO you really want to bring c diff, mrsa, crud and crap home in between the crevices of any decoration on your ring. I think the UK nurses also have it right in not wearing a wrist watch. I have 2 fob watches and when I wear a wrist type watch it's pinned to my shirt like a fob watch. I think too much of my family's health than to wear shiny objects to work just to show off.

I wear my wedding and engagement rings on a chain around my neck that is hidden under my scrubs. I wouldn't do this if I still worked psych, but it's fine where I am now.

In addition to getting all kind of creeping crud in your jewelry or scratching your patients, you can catch your gloves on the prongs of many settings and loosen them a teeny little bit at a time. Then one day you look down and a stone is missing. Not a good feeling.

I'd wear them on a necklace or leave them home.

BTW, congrats on getting engaged. :up:

I go to clinicals two days a week. I usually switch my rings during the week. I have a puzzle piece set that I wear when not at the hospital. I also have a flat wedding band that I clean with an alcohol swab when I leave the hospital. We are not allowed to wear anything but a flat wedding band with no stones and a watch.

SlightlyMental_RN

Specializes in chemical dependency detox/psych.

I wear my wedding and engagement rings on a chain around my neck that is hidden under my scrubs. I wouldn't do this if I still worked psych, but it's fine where I am now.

In addition to getting all kind of creeping crud in your jewelry or scratching your patients, you can catch your gloves on the prongs of many settings and loosen them a teeny little bit at a time. Then one day you look down and a stone is missing. Not a good feeling.

I'd wear them on a necklace or leave them home.

BTW, congrats on getting engaged. :up:

Hey, thanks for the idea! I haven't worn my rings to work for years, and I never thought of having the on a chain. (Duh!) Since I'm moving out of detox/psych and into pediatric home health, this is something that would be safe for me. Yay!

My unit doesn't allow any rings or watches, and I agree with this policy. Germs aren't sentimental.

I just got engaged too :) my fiacne bought me a flat Radiance cut diamond and I also work in a psych ward as a student nursing assistant and haven't had any prolbems. And as far as bringing home c.diff mrsa, and of those " has anyone heard of a new thing called GLOVES". I don't even touch a pt. without them and as far as mrsa, c.diff we have to gown up even to go into their rooms. And I too wash my hands as well as wipe my ring off with an alchol wipe before leaving work. So no worries about ring style, bc there are nurses on my floor with huge diamonds and have no prolbem!.. congrats:)

chevyv, BSN, RN

Has 20 years experience. Specializes in Gero Psych, Ortho Rebab, LTC, Psych.

I've always worn mine with no problems.

juliaann

Has 1 years experience. Specializes in ICU.

I wear my (plain) wedding band only. Since I have minimal patient contact (3-5 minutes or so per EKG), wear gloves, and wash my hands and wipe my machine and leads down with an alcohol wipe between each patient, I've never been that concerned about it. I don't wear my engagement ring much at all anymore, even when not at work. I'm not a big fan of jewelry.

Nurse SMS, MSN, RN

Has 9 years experience. Specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development.

I wear just my wedding band to the hospital and remove my engagement ring (leaving it at home of course).

rwright15

Specializes in CVICU, ER.

I wear my band, but not my ring with the stand up diamonds. I am always afraid that a glove will catch it, rip out the diamond, and it will be hours before I noticed.....

wearingmanyhats, RN

Has 23 years experience.

I wear both my wedding band, and my diamond, and on my right hand, a birthstone ring... always have, always will (I ALWAYS wear gloves, wash my hands WELL, and use alcohol wipes on my rings) Even if I wanted to, I cannot get my rings off... I have arthritis, and my knuckles are large

realnursealso/LPN, LPN

Has 34 years experience. Specializes in Peds Homecare.

I wore my rings to work every day of the 30 years I was married. Hospitals, nursing homes, and homecare. Never had a problem.

Libitina

Specializes in Obs & gynae theatres.

I much prefer the nhs rules of bare below the elbow except for a plain wedding band. Much more hygienic imo.

MinnieMomRN

Specializes in Med-Surg; Telemetry; School Nurse pk-8.

I also wear my wedding ring on a chain -- the engagement ring is left at home. I found that the foam we use in the hospital (after we take off the gloves, a-hem... :idea:) was not drying under my ring, and I developed this horrible rash/ peeling right under the ring site. Eeeuuww. That was it for me. My jewelry is worn outside the hospital now!

dudette10, MSN, RN

Has 9 years experience. Specializes in Med/Surg, Academics.

I used to wear four rings...flat wedding band, solitaire marquise engagement band, five-marquise anniversary band, and a mother's birthstone ring. After I got accepted to nursing school, I took them all off except my wedding band because I wanted to get used to them not being on my fingers. I used to freak out when I couldn't feel one of them on my fingers! I knew they would catch on gloves, and I was afraid of having to dig them out of the gloves.

Just seemed to make sense to me.

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