Oh, for Gods' sake. At first I thought this was a JOKE.
2 words: SACRED COW.
I thought we got over all this nonsense years ago, when we got rid of the stupid rule that dictated we had to wear shoe covers and cover gowns outside the suite, and realized that wearing street shoes in the OR did NOT
contribute to surgical infection rates.
Everytime some new middle management "suit" comes aboard, there is some new ridiculous rule made: We had to give up wearing scrub dresses, due to invalid and insulting concerns about "perineal fallout" (as if women went around shedding, like dogs or cats, despite underwear and pantyhose.) We can no longer wear hoop earrings that peek outside our caps. We can no longer wear cloth caps. In some ORs, you cannot bring your own scrubs
that have been laundered at home. We can no longer wear sculptured nails. We can no longer wear nail polish. Next it will be "No lipstick." Then, "No makeup whatsoever." Where do we draw the line and say, "Enough!"
All of this is nonsense, in my opinion, because hospital aquired infections are normally acquired POST-OP,
on the floors, due to poor handwashing practices among caregivers!! Plus, pre-op prophylactic antibiotics are SOC, these days!! So, where is the link between jewelry etc. and infection? I'd really like to see a study that proves that wearing jewelry contributes to higher surgical infection rates.
Honestly, some of these bean counters have FAR
too much time on their hands.
I am glad I work in CA, where some of the best and most educated and experienced RNs and techs that I have ever had the privilege of working with have nose rings, etc. and people have far more important things to do and think about then functioning as clothing/jewelry Nazis.
Some of the best women surgeons I've ever worked with have colorful dangling earring collections that they love to wear and show off, and why not? Aren't they entitled to show a little bit of ingenuity, femininity, individuality and playfulness while wearing baggy and unflattering scrubs?
And please, let's not bring up that old saw about "what if an earring falls off into a patient's surgical wound." I've worked around ORs for 30 years and seen a lot of things, but never have I seen that happen.
I have a lot more of a problem with the people who, for whatever reason--(No, wait; I actually HAVE
heard the reason--they want to be "natural"
) do not believe in showering or bathing daily, or using deodorant, and have the offensive smell to prove it. Why are the bean counters not zeroing in on addressing this problem? There seems to be at least one of these individuals in every operating room.