That's preety gross. I know of some nurses who won't do mouth care without putting on gloves first. Then there are some who will empty and clean a bed pan with bare hands. Some things can be a personal choice, but others should really be mandatory and enforced.
Get a load of this experience I had re gloves:
doing praticum at a LTC center. Was told by staff to only use gloves if absolutly necessary. Apparently, peri-care was not considered one of those times!
That's disgusting! Supposedly the center was under funded or something and couldn't afford to buy the amount of stock necessary. My instructor was awesome and brought boxes of gloves from the school for our use.
Gloves are your best first line of defense against all those nasty infections and viruses! Why would someone put themselves and other staff and patients at risk? Some people...