Nurses General Nursing


  • by Whisper
    Specializes in Cardiolgy.

I saw some pictures earlier with Nurses wearing wrist watches, however many hospitals over here are banning them, so fob watches are the norm. I just wondered if any one had an opinion on this?


280 Posts

It is really hard to wash blood, amniotic fluid, vomit, stool, urine, etc out of ever nook and cranny of a watch.


597 Posts

Specializes in Cardiolgy.

That's what I thought, but I think I would also be worried about tearing a patients skin.


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I usually wear a wrist watch that is waterproof and has a stretch band. However, I do also have a lapel watch I bought in London. It's hard to read though unless I pin it really low down and then it looks tawdry.

The jeweler was insistant that I couldn't buy it unless I was a nurse!! I guess the Southern American Accent confused him or something. I do remember it was like 15 pounds and I thought that was a pretty good price.

Jenny P

1,164 Posts

Specializes in CV-ICU.

I can't stand to wear a wrist watch; my skin itches and breaks out (probably from moisture?) when I do. A fob watch is impossible for me to read even with the trifocals- too close even if it is down far enough to be tawdry:D . So I use an old-fashioned pocket watch on a chain- which works well most of the time but can get tangled up with the pens, calipers, scissors, alcohol wipes, and other stuff in my pocket.:rolleyes:

Katnip, RN

2,904 Posts

Has anyone tried a stethascope watch?


104 Posts

I'm one of those folks who break out under a regular wrist watch, so that's out of the question for me. I have one of those little keychain watches attached to the back of my name badge which is on a pulley type thingie (you know what I mean??) It works quite well, and I've had it like that for about a year without complaint, and it's always handy. :)


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We have clocks in every patient room and in the hallways, nurses stations, breakrooms, etc. So, we don't really feel the need to wear watches.


518 Posts

Sorry guys, I'm lost without my watch. I work ER and we don't have clocks in the rooms except the trauma rooms and they are digital with no second hands. I haven't heard anything about banning watches or that they are an infection control issue.

I have to chart times on everything I do in the ER and I don't want anything else in my pockets or pinned to me or around my neck. I'll stick to my wrist watch. As far as tearing pt's skin I think some of the jewelry I see some nurses wear have much more potential for doing that then my little wrist watch.


48 Posts

I couldn't agree with you more Kaycee. You need reference to time so often in ER ie) IV push meds, vitals, record events. I tried pinning my watch to my uniform and it did not work well at all. However I do choose a watch that is very smooth, rounded and zero sharp edges, they're out there just have to keep looking. As for the cleansliness, Alcohol swabs and the odd bath in a bleach or germicide solution for my watch.

TracyB,RN, RN

646 Posts

Specializes in jack of all trades, master of none.

OK, not to sound stupid, but what is an "fob"watch??

I feel nekkid without a watch. I wear my trusty plastic waterproof Swatch. Never had any problems scratching anyone & wipe it down throughout the day with antimicrobial wipes.

( I work in a hospital with NO clocks in any patient rooms. How strange is that?!?!?)


597 Posts

Specializes in Cardiolgy.

A fob watch is, a watch that pins onto the front of your tunic, and hangs with the face upside down, so that when you glance at it, it looks the right way up.:)

Here is a pic of my watch, because I am not very good at explaining what it looks like.

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