Fake nails

  1. Just wanted everyone's opinion on this. The hospital where I work just banned artificial nails. How does everyone feel abouth this new policy.
    Last edit by nascargirl381 on Jul 22, '02
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  3. by   nursejws
    Really? Don't you all wear gloves?? I just got my nails put back on after having them off for about ten months. The more I look at them the more I think they look like crap! I definitely will not go back to that salon. My nails look so wide, I mean they look fake! It's taking me some time to learn to type with nails again.
  4. by   LasVegasRN
    I wore them for several years while working in ICU. Had an excellent manicurist in while I was in Cleveland. I don't understand why they would have this policy. Are they going to ban nail polish? I would wager (oh geez, now I'm using "Vegas" terms, I need to get out of here) that people with artificial/acrylic nails are more meticulous with their handwashing than most. I know I was, I just had to have my hands looking good and CLEAN all the time.
    I will say it took about 2 years for my nails to get back to their normal strength after having stopped the acrylic nail thing after 5 years.
  5. by   shay
    Banned at my hospital. I personally believe the evidence supporting that they promote bacterial retention and growth. That's my opinion, anyhoo.
  6. by   Ragin Cajun
    Sorry,but I have to agree. Studies done have revealed that they harbor bacteria, increasing noscomial infection rates. They also are a hazzard to the patient in the sense of possibly scratching them. They poke holes in the ends of gloves exposing the staff member to any number of things. They damage your own nails like Las Vegas RN said. And, if this isn't enough, they cost a fortune to maintain.
  7. by   BBnurse34
    Banned here in all areas that deal with newborns.
    There was a L&D RN that had realllllly long fake nails. I never would want her to check my dilation.
  8. by   Mkue
    I wear my nails fairly short, but do have the acrylic top coat, but they are my nails, I hope this will be okay.


    Marie
  9. by   NRSKarenRN
    Previous post on: Fake Nails, does it cause infection? 63 responses

    http://allnurses.com/forums/showthre...ght=fake+nails
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  11. by   Cowgirl
    I live in Texas, in the Hunt county area, and they don't let them have fake nails here. I love my $20 every 2 weeks, Nails! LOL! I dont know what I would do with out them!
  12. by   Love-A-Nurse
    originally posted by shay
    ...i personally believe the evidence supporting that they promote bacterial retention and growth. that's my opinion, anyhoo.
    i concur.
    some i have seen on others are sooooo looonnnnggg that i really don't see how they can work in them or get a glove on.

    they also may cause injury to the patient or others and of course this includes nature nails too.
  13. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Well, my opinion is that anyone that spends as much time as I do around vaginas and newborns with fragile skin should not have daggers on the end of their hands.

    Besides, I've had them before, and I've seen what can get trapped under them. Bleegch!

    Heather
  14. by   live4today
    originally posted by nascargirl381
    just wanted everyone's opinion on this. the hospital where i work just banned artificial nails. how does everyone feel abouth this new policy.
    i feel happy and cheerful and glad! i don't have any nails, hard to grow any, when i do grow any they break off easy, so if i can't have any nails.......why should any other nurse.

    my three daughters get the hair done, get the nails done (artificial most times, but have nice nails of their own....obviously didn't get them from my dna ), and they simply have a ball doing so. they keep them well trimmed, polished, clean.....as possible for artificial nails....and two out of three of them work in the medical field. their personal opinion is they don't see anything wrong with wearing them in the health care field, so.......

    okay......now that i've said all of that......let me travel through the thread and see how many times my comments get slammed because i haven't read anyone else's opinion yet just to see how i would fair in the mix.
    :kiss

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