Docs/Nurses – What ring(s) do you wear to work?

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
2197 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I work in surgery (though not scrubbed in), so I take gloves off and on all day. I actually have a Henri Daussi and don’t have any issues with taking my gloves off. Just make sure you check each time. Honestly I take gloves off carefully in a certain way each time because you don’t want to get any fluids anywhere else. 

My ring is lower profile and fitted to me. Though in the OR your hands get cold and my ring spins. 

Post # 3
318 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

For me I’m a nurse, and I bought a bezel ring. Honesty, I wish I would have gotten my dream ring instead because I can’t wear my ring to work. I wash my hands so much that water the never dries under my ring, especially when I have to wear gloves right after, therefore it  irritates my skin, and I have to take off my ring regardless. Many health care professionals don’t wear a ring at work. So me and my fiancé have talked about upgrading to my dream ring in a year. with the big stacks I can see the water under the ring to be an issue. I say go for the ring you love and don’t worry about not being able to wear it at work. If anything, you can wear a plain metal band to work.

Post # 5
2197 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

glitz91:  I think water would stay under a huge stack more than it would a single one. Just a thought. You could always just wear your main wedding band and keep the stackables for after work. 

Post # 6
1677 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

glitz91:  I have a high profile solitaire and it doesn’t rip my gloves. At first I would always snag it when taking the gloves off, but now I just remove them in a different way and it’s not an issue. After the first few weeks I didn’t even have to think about it anymore.

Post # 7
8589 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

Im an xray tech so I wear gloves all just careful when I put them on and take them off..havnt had any problems with tearing the gloves yet. I have a princess cut diamond in a halo that sits kinda high. If your careful it should be fine..a bezel set or low profile diamond band would probably work best

Post # 8
595 posts
Busy bee

I’m a nurse and normally a size small/medium gloves so I have a little bit of space in a medium glove. I’m just careful getting the, on/off so I don’t tear it. Thankfully my setting isn’t too high! 

Post # 9
5883 posts
Bee Keeper

I’m a hygienist and I wouldn’t suggest wearing any rings to work. In school you won’t be allowed anyway, and in practice, just about every one I know ends up with contact dermatitis when they try and wear rings. Between scrubbing before and after gloving, it just isn’t worth it, nor is there enough time to get your hands really dry. Save yourself the grief and potential problems.

I wore my smooth channel set diamond anniversary band for awhile until I started to have isues.

Post # 10
905 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’m a clinical lab scientist and I wear a diamond wedding band to work. My ering stays home. I had a co worker accidently throw hher ering away with a glove she took off. It was awful and she never found it 🙁

Post # 11
1613 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Honestly, I feel your dilemma.  I wanted an antique halo but ended up choosing an eternity band as my “every day” ring and only wear the halo when I’m off work.

As much as a stack is lower profile, it’s not ideal for work (more rings–>more cracks and crevices for water and germs to linger) and it’s not your dream ring either so I don’t see the point.

Also, you have to consider the “rules” of your potential workplace; for example the hospital I work at allows one plain band, no typically styled engagement rings. 

I would suggest to find a pretty band with some stones in it and then have your dream ring to wear outside of work.  I struggled for months to come to this decsion, since I really didn’t want to not wear the dream ring every day….but I just realised it’s not practical and I don’t want to settle, so I wear the eternity band at work.  Or no band at work and hang your rings around your neck on a necklace so you can put them on when you leave work?

Post # 12
42135 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

It isn’t about ripping your gloves. It’s about fomites.

A fomes (pronounced /ˈfmz/) or fomite (/ˈfmt/) is any object or substance capable of carrying infectious organisms, such as germs or parasites, and hence transferring them from one individual to another. 

More and more health care personnel seem to be ignoring the basic lessons in infection control that we are all taught  early on in our education. There is absolutely no way that you can clean rings well enough between patient contacts to prevent possible transmission of  infection. And no, it doesn’t matter if you wear gloves.

Rings should be removed at work, if they are worn to work, and pinned to your uniform. Ever wonder why MRSA and other antibiotic resistant bacterial infections are  rampant in hospitals and now in the community? Someone is carrying those bacteria from patient to patient.


Post # 13
3197 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I suggest getting your dream ring and wearing a stand-in while working or no ring at all.  For clinicals I wear a a band with a floor design etched into it.  As long as when your drying your hands you left up your ring and do a quick sweep with a paper towel you should be OK. Or if I’m in a hurry I will wash my hands and use sanitizer so that alcohol dries the moisture under my ring.

Post # 14
1043 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

We had my diamond set super low and i can typically wear it with no issues on the wards and for clinic. When i have to scrub in, or theres a chance i will have to quickly gown up, i keep it on my emily c necklace (Sorry i dont have any pictures on me, but google emily c, and you should see them. Its a specific ring holding necklace thats designed so you can get rings on/off without having to take the necklace off)


Post # 15
149 posts
Blushing bee

I’m an RN. My e-ring is pretty low set and has bezel vs. prongs. I wore it to work all the time when I first got engaged. It never tore my gloves or got water stuck underneath it or anything like that….however, one day I was helping a patient out of bed and they grabbed my hand and squeezed my fingers on that hand together hard enough for the diamond to dig into the side of my middle finger and draw blood…. Ouch!  So now I just don’t wear my e-ring at work 🙂 I’ll probably wear my band alone when I get married.

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