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I Miss My Nails


One of the things I have missed since becoming a CNA is being able to have long nails. I have had long nails since middle school, and it is hard now these last two years to get use to having short nails now. I seem to have to cut them all the time as well. Before I know it I feel my nails are out of shape and too long much faster then when I had long nails. Even my 7 year old has longer nails then what I am able to have. How I miss my nails. :(

I can empathize! I always had nicely kept long nails...they were always impressed at the salon about how healthy my nails were. Now they are shorter than short and almost always unpolished. :yuck:

Junebug903, LPN

Specializes in LTC, SNF, Rehab, Hospice. Has 9 years experience.

Me too, I always love getting my nails done. I feel much more feminine. Sucks, but hazard of the job.

HouTx, BSN, MSN, EdD

Specializes in Critical Care, Education. Has 35 years experience.

Even worse (I bet) is that when you do see someone with those long and lovely talons.... all you can think of is all the germs that they harbor.... LOL!

meanmaryjean, DNP, RN

Specializes in NICU, ICU, PICU, Academia. Has 40 years experience.

Yeah, take a look at a petri dish growing out the germs under long nails. That should take care of it.

la_chica_suerte85, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.

I think I was more relieved about not having to keep my nails long but also reticent about having to keep them short before clinical constantly. Now, if someone grazes me or scratches me on accident with their nails I think of all the germs I just got innoculated with. :eek:

I think you'll get used to it.

I can't stand it when my nails grow out even a little bit. It feels so much cleaner to have them short.

Plus, nail polish peels off my nails in one day. Definitely not worth it.