Dear "New" Nurse,
I don't think that you are crazy for wanting to protect yourself and your patients, however, some of those "older" nurses and CNA's were probably around when there were not any gloves to be used. It shouldn't be common practice, but there are those times when there is an unexpected moment or a Patient needs something now and not 2 mins after I get gloves and put them on. You should use your judgement with each situation. Should you use gloves, Certainly, without a doubt. However, I would like to hear from you in about 2 years to see if you do and feel the same way. Just curiosity. You will weigh your moments and your time.