are "fake nails" okay for nurses? - page 4

I am a nursing student graduating next month. I wore "fake nails" before nursing school, but my program did not allow them during school. I am considering getting them again after graduation. ... Read More

  1. by   Scavenger'sWife
    As I have said earlier, I have had "falsies" (lol) for 3 years. I have never had one fall off. Mine are short and most people don't even comment on my nails at all because they are so natural looking. I don't understand the thing about acrylics being sharp or poking through gloves. They are thicker than "natural" nails...if your OWN nails do not poke thro gloves, how can the fakes? I understand that many people do not take the precise care of their nails that I do, hence the rules. I am not usually a "rule breaker"...I am usually the one who is scared to death of consequences. But I have no nightmares about what I am doing. I have seen NASTY fungal infections. Those persons do NOT care for their nails at all, not their own or the fakes. I mostly do home care, as I work for a home health. Most of my work is paper-pushing. And within the home, do the patients take the extreme care to have clean hands that I do? As for the nurse who said her nails "lifted" after 6 hours r/t handwashing, I have never had that problem. It has to be the product that was used on your nails. NO ONE should ever get "tips"...they WILL fall off or lift.

    Ah well.....

    And Helllllo Nurse...SURE! We can be friends! There is still hope for the world!!!
  2. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Originally posted by regnursein99

    And Helllllo Nurse...SURE! We can be friends! There is still hope for the world!!!

    Nice to meet you, regnursein99!

    I've enjoyed your posts.
  3. by   GraceyB
    borrowed this from another thread.

    Hmm. I've got gross, but 'strange'? How about dumb? I had a patient who looked completely normal, sitting on the edge of the bed when I went to introduce myself. Very cute girl, about 19 or so, hair all done up, full makeup on. Boyfriend on the edge of the bed. I asked her what brought her to the hospital, and she held up her hands: eight of her fingers were so disgustingly gangrenous and necrosed that it looked like...SHUDDER.


    She said that she'd had her nail tips applied and the tools had apparently not been cleaned properly. A fungus grew underneath the fake nails and spread quickly (matter of oh...about a week?) to her fingertips, then down to the knuckles. She had to have multiple digits amputated. All that for fake nails?
  4. by   Jenn CLPN
    There was a lawsuit at the hospital i used to work at about fake nails. One of the nurses fake nails popped off and landed on the chest on a pt. that was tubed. The family got very upset and made a huge deal of it. They got a lawyer and the hosp. was in court. The family won because there is a NO artificial nail policy in place at the hosp. I dont think there worth a lawsuit! Some families and patients may not of taken it that far, but there just has to be one!
  5. by   redshiloh
    Just think of all the nasty bugs in a you really want to take them home to your family?
  6. by   KMLWA2003
    they don't belong in nursing.
    you're school has a reason for not allowing artificial nails.

    Mary Beth
  7. by   Agnus
    Not only have there been numerous duplicated studies done that suggest fake nails harbor excessive pathogens under them. To a much greater extent than natural nails but the CDC has reciently published their recomendation that health care workers refrain from wearing them.

    The CDC does not make recomentdations lightly.

    I would love the wear fakes as I am a nail biter but...
  8. by   Berta
    Fake nails should not be allowed for nurses. Nor should they be allowed for any food service worker. I should know, I lost one in the meatballs, and one in the Greek salad. I hate to think where I could loose one as a nurse.
  9. by   Streamlined
    What is it with nails, anyway? Why do gals need to adorn their nails, sometimes so grotesquely it besmirches their characters? Yes, it's fun to color-up yourself, but do those nails really need to be two inches long and have little diamonds imbedded in them? And what does it say about you that you would spend your money and your time having layers of petro-chemicals applied to your fingertips as you inhale the fumes ? Somebody, please, explain the nail thing to me.
  10. by   Cletus
    hey not all of use can wear unploished nails if i did wouldhave bloody cracked nubs have to wear nail strength protection due to all the handwashing. severely damages my nails and greater risk for infection. However i only wear clear at work
  11. by   Cletus
    streamlined you must be male
  12. by   onco gal
    Sorry but fake nails do not belong in this profession. It is a proven fact that they harbor fungus as well as bacteria, not to mention the potential harm that can be caused to the patient's skin integrity. I saw a CNA scratch a patient very badly during repositioning because she was wearing a ring on every finger. This type of adornment as well as nails do not belong in patient care.
  13. by   mattsmom81
    Are fake nails OK in this profession? Nope.

    Do I still see lots of 'em out there? Yup.

    Too many studies out there showing the dangers for a prudent nurse to err on the side of vanity, IMHO.