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hey guys! so I'm a nursing student and worked at my hospital in patient transport for a year and I am now a nursing assistant in the ICU. when I worked in transport I noticed this but even more when I started in the ICU as an aid because I use hand sanitizer CONSTANTLY before I go into a room after each room and theres over 20 beds so when its time for sugar checks I use a whole lot of hand sanitzer. since the sanitizer is basically alcohol it destroys your hands and nails (especially if you have nail polish on) the polish will get sticky as all hell and basically come off and due to the tackiness of the polish then you get fuzz stuck to your nails (not cute). I have stopped wearing nail polish now but I noticed like all the women nurses wear normal nail polish and they dont have this problem.

Do you girls wear nail polish?

If so, does yours become tacky and gross?

I have sooooo much nail polish and have tried this with many different brands and it happen with all them pretty much. I know this is kinda a silly question but I am just wondering haha.

Fiona59

Has 18 years experience.

Simple, this woman doesn't wear nail polish to work.

My health authority has banned artificial nails as an infection control risk. Yes, some wear them but can be disciplined for it.

Frankly by the end of my rotation of shifts, my nails are the lowest concern on my list. I'm more worried about the rough red handskin from the sanitizers and frequent washings.

I've never heard any of the women I work with mention sticky, tacky nailpolish when they've forgotten to remove it before coming to work. I actually know of one unit, where the Nurse Manager keeps a bottle of nailpolish remover for staff who have left it on and come to work.

RNperdiem, RN

Has 14 years experience.

I love nail polish, but only on my toes!

due to documented evidence of increased risk of infection, real nurses who do patient care do not wear nail polish or acrylics. no nail polish or acrylics in patient care. try not to swoon over this.

HouTx, BSN, MSN, EdD

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

grntea said:
due to documented evidence of increased risk of infection, real nurses who do patient care do not wear nail polish or acrylics. no nail polish or acrylics in patient care. try not to swoon over this.

LOL! maybe this should be given greater emphasis in the information provided to folks who think that nursing is their ideal career goal... it might weed out the kardashian crowd

I was trying to head off the inevitable crying and moaning. being a mean biter and all lately, you know.

OncRNMichelle

Specializes in Oncology.

meghan91 said:
hey guys! so I'm a nursing student and worked at my hospital in patient transport for a year and I am now a nursing assistant in the icu. when I worked in transport I noticed this but even more when I started in the icu as an aid because I use hand sanitizer constantly before I go into a room after each room and theres over 20 beds so when its time for sugar checks I use a whole lot of hand sanitzer. since the sanitizer is basically alcohol it destroys your hands and nails (especially if you have nail polish on) the polish will get sticky as all hell and basically come off and due to the tackiness of the polish then you get fuzz stuck to your nails (not cute). I have stopped wearing nail polish now but I noticed like all the women nurses wear normal nail polish and they dont have this problem.

do you girls wear nail polish?

if so, does yours become tacky and gross?

I have sooooo much nail polish and have tried this with many different brands and it happen with all them pretty much. I know this is kinda a silly question but I am just wondering haha.

any employer that I have ever worked for has always discouraged nail polish and acrylics. in some places it isn't allowed at all. this is for obvious sanitary and safety reasons.

amoLucia

Specializes in LTC.

"nuff said"

Hay, RN

Specializes in Med-Swing/Rehab.

Real nurses don't wear nail polish to work? What crap is this?

I have not worn nail polish in a few months (too lazy to paint them).

NEVER acrylics though. (:

*dung* on poster who insulted a lot of nurses. ^

BostonTerrierLover, BSN, RN

Specializes in Adult/Ped Emergency and Trauma. Has 16 years experience.

Yeah, I don't wear it either, lol. But, I have a CNA that is a farmer on the sides, the Infection Control Nurse has fits with! He could grow potatoes under them, Yuck! I have told him 2nd time this week to scrub'em good! Embarrassing for all parties.

Nurse SMS, MSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development. Has 9 years experience.

I am not sure "real" nurses is the right word but perhaps "conscientious" is. I have heard but never seen studies done that it is a known infection source, so I don't wear it to work.

OnlybyHisgraceRN, ASN, RN

Specializes in LTC and School Health.

Since I'm a total girly girl, I do wear nail polish. I get gel manicure. The gel polish does not chip like regular polish does. It lasts for 2-3 weeks ( no chipping). Even though I wash my hands a thousand times a day the polish is still shiny. Best 40 bucks I've ever spend.

OnlybyHisgraceRN, ASN, RN

Specializes in LTC and School Health.

grntea said:
due to documented evidence of increased risk of infection, real nurses who do patient care do not wear nail polish or acrylics. no nail polish or acrylics in patient care. try not to swoon over this.

I'm a real nurse who wears gel nail polish. as stated in my previous post this polish does not chip or wear. I wear a neutral color ( light pink or beige).

I've seen real nurses, real doctors, real nurse managers, real nps, wear nail polish and acrylics.

this is a topic that is a loosing battle. just like there shouldn't be nurses who smoke or who is obese... yeah right.

klone, MSN, RN

Specializes in Women's Health/OB Leadership. Has 14 years experience.

Our hospital's policy is that you can wear "earth tone" polish (meaning, purple or green is out, sorry) that must be well-kept - no chips. As others have said, gel polish holds up well. I would suggest trying that.

OnlybyHisgraceRN said:
I'm a real nurse who wears gel nail polish. As stated in my previous post this polish does not chip or wear.

My friend who started at a hospital had to go back to the salon and rip her new gels off (not just the polish.. the acrylic GEL that goes with it) days after she had them applied.

klone, MSN, RN

Specializes in Women's Health/OB Leadership. Has 14 years experience.

So just to be clear, nurses who don't do direct patient care - are we not "real nurses"? Or is that only those of us who don't do direct patient care AND wear nail polish? Just wanted to make sure I'm clear on that.

Nurse SMS, MSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development. Has 9 years experience.

I have thought of doing the gel manicure, as I hear it strengthens nails too, which I desperately need. My hesitation though is this: How do patients and administration know it is gel and not just nail polish? Doesn't that kind of fall into the vagueness that requires a policy to be all sweeping? The above comment about earth tones being permissible is the first I have ever read of nail polish not being against policy for an RN. Though Klone, I am unsure (and not being at all snarky) if you are doing patient care or not? Obviously that would make a difference in terms of the permissibility of it.

Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in OR, education. Has 15 years experience.

Our OR policy states that nail polish in neutral/natural tones that is not chipped and less than 4 days old is okay. No acrylic, no gel, no chips, and no week old manicures allowed. I personally don't wear it because I think it's more hassle than it's worth. I do, however, get a pedicure every four to five weeks with a really bright cheerful color.