Clipping nails at nurse's station

  1. I live in Alabama and several nurse's where I work clip their nails at the nurse's station and I find that to be horribly disgusting. Has anyone else had coworkers who do this? Does it bother you all or am I just being fussy?
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  3. by   Canucks
    What bothers you more? Cleaning up poop or seeing your coworkers clip their nails at the nursing station?
  4. by   BillieP
    @Canucks RN
    Caring for sick patients is my job and I love my job. . Cleaning up waste from someone sick or incontinent patients , though not my favorite thing about being a nurse (is it anyone's?) is not comparable to an able bodied nurse coworker sitting at the nurse station clipping his or her nails.
    Last edit by BillieP on Mar 26, '16 : Reason: spelling error
  5. by   jadelpn
    Ok, that is really weird. And somewhat inappropriate.

    Thankfully (hopefully) they are not then whipping off their shoes and socks and clipping their toenails. With that being said, are they bringing their own clips to work? Or are they (EWWWWW) using a community clipper? One that is in stock on the floor for patient use?
    (fun fact o the day.....there can be rules regarding not using clippers on patients/resident's nails)

    Reminds me of old movies where the secretary is smacking gum and filing their nails at their desks.

    Seriously, clippers are sharps and all of this sounds like an infection control nightmare...
  6. by   Canucks
    Quote from BillieP
    @Canucks RN
    Caring for sick patients is my job and I love my job. . Cleaning up waste from someone sick or incontinent patients , though not my favorite thing about being a nurse (is it anyone's?) is not comparable to an able bodied nurse coworker sitting at the nurse station clipping his or her nails.
    I don't know. I've seen that behavior at my work before and it has never bothered me as long as they clean up the area after clipping their nails. I'd rather sit with a coworker that is doing that than to clean disgusting bodily fluids.
  7. by   loriangel14
    Clipping nails doesn't bother me
  8. by   Horseshoe
    An errant ragged nail, okay, but sitting there clipping one's nails while on the clock? Don't tell me they don't have something else productive they could be doing.
  9. by   dishes
    If it is a snagged nail they need to quickly fix, ok, but if it's routine nail care, they can do their grooming in private. It is discourteous to do grooming in a shared space.
  10. by   LeChien
    Can they not do it in the break room over a trash can? Ew.
  11. by   LibraSunCNM
    Wow I can't believe people are saying that wouldn't really bother them! I think that's absolutely disgusting and shows a complete lack of understanding of appropriate professional behavior.
  12. by   Dany102
    Quote from jadelpn
    Ok, that is really weird. And somewhat inappropriate.

    Thankfully (hopefully) they are not then whipping off their shoes and socks and clipping their toenails. With that being said, are they bringing their own clips to work? Or are they (EWWWWW) using a community clipper? One that is in stock on the floor for patient use?
    (fun fact o the day.....there can be rules regarding not using clippers on patients/resident's nails)

    Reminds me of old movies where the secretary is smacking gum and filing their nails at their desks.

    Seriously, clippers are sharps and all of this sounds like an infection control nightmare...
    I'm with jadelpn on that one. I was about to say at least they're not cutting their toenails. Just hearing that plink! plink! sound set my teeth on edge.

    That reminds me of a funny embarrassing moment. At a place I used to work, I once walked into a changing room only to come face to face (so to speak) with a... Well, let's call him a gentleman... Who was liberally applying moisturizing lotion to his legs... While being completely naked, one leg up on the bench. When he saw me he just said "oh hey man, how's it going?"

    All I could think of was don't make eye contact, don't make eye contact. People...

    Dany
    Last edit by Dany102 on Mar 26, '16 : Reason: emoji malfunction
  13. by   Horseshoe
    Quote from LibraSunCNM
    Wow I can't believe people are saying that wouldn't really bother them! I think that's absolutely disgusting and shows a complete lack of understanding of appropriate professional behavior.
    I agree. It wouldn't totally gross me out, but it's not at all appropriate imo.
  14. by   Pangea Reunited
    It wouldn't bother me, at all. I can't recall it ever happening where I work, though. I'd rather sit with someone clipping their toenails than chewing ice or wearing scented body lotion/perfume.

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