Do you wear rings to work?

  1. Hi Everybody:spin:

    I will be starting nursing school this September and wondering if most nurses wear rings to work. Mainly wedding rings. I would think that with the constant putting on and taking off latex gloves, hand washing etc that wearing rings would be cumbersome and worrisome that the rings/s might come off in the gloves.

    What do you do?
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  3. by   Snugglibumkins
    When I am at work, I do like to have my wedding band on. It does not protrude (no big diamonds here!). However, as I look down at my hands now, I don't have any rings on. I run and bike a lot and I don't like the way the rings rub on my fingers.

    I figure as long as I am using the PPE (gloves) appropriately and washing/drying appropriately (I slide my band up and wash under it) - than it is okay. For anything that I have to scrub for, the band comes off and gets safety pinned to my bra strap.
  4. by   donsterRN
    My school limits the kind and number of rings their students can wear. One ring only, without a protruding stone. Band-type rings preferred.
  5. by   stressgal
    Our hospital does not allow any jewelry below the elbow. No rings, bracelets or watches. I work ICU and we also leave our "work" shoes at work. Not a requirement, but when you think it over, it makes good sense to leave all of those germs in the locker room.
  6. by   Medic/Nurse
    There was a thread on this not too long ago.

    I'm trying to repost, but you can search Wedding, Rings, Work. Its about 7 pages - the topic is covered pretty well.

    https://allnurses.com/forums/f8/wedd...rk-158276.html

    I still say NO to rings at work, but EVERYONE needs to do what is right for them...so...
  7. by   clee1
    I wear a wedding band, a plain one, always.

    I wash my hands carefully, and have no problems with gloves.
  8. by   OgopogoLPN
    Quote from NREMT-P/RN
    There was a thread on this not too long ago.

    I'm trying to repost, but you can search Wedding, Rings, Work. Its about 7 pages - the topic is covered pretty well.

    https://allnurses.com/forums/f8/wedd...rk-158276.html

    I still say NO to rings at work, but EVERYONE needs to do what is right for them...so...

    Thanks for the link! I just read that thread and have a feeling I will purchase a plain gold band before I start clinicals.
  9. by   TazziRN
    I wear a wedding ring. It has diamonds but they're inlaid. Nothing sticks up. I told Hubs that because of my work I did not want an engagement ring and he understood.

    My first marriage I had a solitaire and could not wear it at work because of the protrusion.
  10. by   mamalle
    my wedding band.
  11. by   EricJRN
    In our NICU, we're supposed to wear nothing other than a wedding band. Bigger rings are an infection control concern and apparently a nurse on our unit inadvertently scratched a baby with a big diamond a while back.
  12. by   santhony44
    I've always been able to wear a wedding band (mine is plain). Now that I work outside the hospital, in a clinic, I usually wear one ring on my right hand, but I frequently take it off and slip it into a pocket if I have to glove. If a ring is at all loose, it would be very easy to lose it in a glove and not notice till much later.
  13. by   EmerNurse
    I wear only my wedding band, not my engagement ring. Ever try to put on a pair of too-small sterile gloves with a protruding stone? Rips the gloves every time. Took me one time to learn that lesson and I've never worn any ring but my band, since.
  14. by   Ruby Vee
    [font="comic sans ms"]i wear my wedding ring -- i never take it off. my husband designed it and a former patient of his, a jewelry designer made it for us. it's a wide gold band with the stone set in -- it doesn't stick up and is totally smooth so it won't scratch a patient.

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