rings and health care

posted 2 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Do you wear your e-ring at work?
    Yes on finger : (10 votes)
    50 %
    No, not at all : (5 votes)
    25 %
    Wear wedding band : (2 votes)
    10 %
    Wear it around neck : (3 votes)
    15 %
  • Post # 2
    Member
    5228 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Jasd:  I wear mine as well as my wedding band. I have a small solitaire with a plain band. If you really want to wear an ering to work, I’d go with one as understated as possible. Stick with a simple setting and avoid intricate baskets and pave. I don’t have a problem getting gloves on and off, but my diamond is smaller than what most people prefer. A bezel setting is really nice for a job where you have to use your hands a lot. I am actually considering getting mine reset in one.

    Post # 4
    Member
    528 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2014 - Columbia, SC

    Jasd:  Mine is 2 carats so I wear it around my neck.

    Post # 5
    Member
    539 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    I wear it and if I’m doing something gross I throw it on my charm enhancer necklace. I notice I take it off more than I leave it on so I am planning on buying a plain wedding band to wear at work.  Here is a pic of my e ring on the charm enhancer necklace 

    Post # 6
    Member
    1201 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: A very pretty church.

    Not a chance, it’s an infection risk. Patient wellbeing needs to be the first priority.

    Post # 7
    Member
    188 posts
    Blushing bee

    My mother is an ER nurse, and wears her engagement ring and two bands to work. She has ever since she became a nurse. She’s always wearing gloves, so they stay pretty clean. Her engagement ring is pretty low set though.

    Post # 8
    Member
    217 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    LoveLikeCrazy:  where did you get that necklace to hold your ring?

    Post # 9
    Hostess
    2920 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I have a high setting and I wear mine at work. I don’t wear gloves often but I do work with my hands quite a bit. It gets caught in people’s hair every once in a while but it’s never a real problem

    Post # 10
    Member
    539 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    Lizzy272:  it’s from Tiffany & Co. My FI bought it for me as a Christmas gift 2 years ago. 

    Post # 11
    Member
    42538 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    The issue is not about wearing gloves to protect your ring. The issue is taking off your ring to protect your patients. Every time this subject comes up we get responses from health care workers who wear their ring to work and “have never had a problem”.

    The problem is that you will never know the problems you have caused for your patients as you carry MRSA etc from one patient to another.

    Post # 12
    Member
    89 posts
    Worker bee

    Jasd:  Hey girl! I voted wedding band. I work in pathology as a PA grossing assistant (dirty stuff lol! I cut in surgical specimens for diagnosis) and I am not yet married, but I wear a pretty band I bought at Swarovski for $60 for my most recent trip to Vegas, because I was most certainly not wearing my ring there! But I have a round solitaire and those gloves will rip because of the high setting the second I try to put them on… so the band is not only pretty and cheap in case anything happens to it, but my ring stays clear of “bodily fluids” if you know what I mean. It makes me sad to take it off everyday, but I am glad I don’t have to constantly worry about it! It is important to recognize the risk of transferring any kind of bacteria from patient to patient. I would NEVER do my job without gloves, but it is NOT to protect my ring.

    Previously, I worked in the PACU, or recovery room after surgery, and with the amount of patient contact I agree with the previous posters about infection risk and even scratching patients and spreading any kind of infection from patient to patient. I agree patient care is the number one priority, and the reason we do what we do. It’s just not worth the paperwork. Throw it back on as soon as you’re walking out! Or get a cheapy like I did!

    Post # 14
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    1201 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: A very pretty church.

    julies1949:  I have noticed this too, and it’s something I factored into choosing my wedding band. Initially I was fairly decided on a plain band because those were currently ‘allowed’ in the hospital network that I had the most experience with. It was discussed on a more medically focused forum though and found that what I had suspected was correct, the general consensus is that plain (no stones etc) bands were allowed as a political concession to more conservative elements in the workforce, but that this was not best practice. Naturally it depends what work you do and where you do it, maybe it is different in general practice etc, but in a hospital…’bare below the elbow’ really does seem to be the most responsible choice. Hand hygiene matters even when you wear (sterile!) gloves, scrubbing in for surgery, even with double gloving you still have to do the loooong handwash  

    Post # 15
    Member
    89 posts
    Worker bee

    Jasd:  Giiiiirl, of course! I love this blog. I feel like I have a million fellow Bee’s who always have my back! Also, with Swarovski… you get a killer warranty in case anything happens. Check them out! It will probably join my band after the wedding! Eeeee!

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