Post # 1
So I am getting into clinical’s at nursing school and while there is no rule against it I wanted to know how many of you wear/don’t wear your engagement rings while working. My ring is pretty low set and doesn’t have sharp corners on purpose but do yall ever have issues with the ring tearing gloves? I’m not worried about the “getting stuff on it” part some people seem concerned over because that is exactly why I wear gloves but I don’t want my ring to mess up the gloves and create a health hazard or anything. Thanks!
Post # 3
I’ve never had a problem with my rings tearing the gloves, but I did lose a small stone from my enhancer.
The jeweler told me that the constant putting on/taking off of the gloves pulls the prongs loose and that’s why I lost a stone. After that I quit wearing my rings to work.
Post # 4
You shouldn’t wear rings under your gloves. I’m sure they will cover this in one of your labs.
Most nurses either leave their rings at home or wear them on a safety pin, pinned to their uniform.
Post # 5
I guess I will have to invest in a nice chain or something, wear it around my neck. Thanks ladies!
Post # 6
I’m surprised your school doesn’t have a rule against it — most do. For hygiene reasons, to protect the patients, you shouldn’t wear rings; germs love to hide on & around them, and you’re never going to take off your ring to clean your hands, and clean it too, every time you wash your hands, so it’s best to just not kid yourself. (On top of that there’s the issue of your ring tearing holes in gloves, but that’s a whole ‘nother issue and NOT the main one you should be concerned about.) You should not be wearing wristwatches for the same reason (buy a clip-on one from where you purchase your scrubs instead).
I wear my engagement ring on my nametag, or pin it inside my uniform pocket. I have insurance so I’m not afraid of losing it, and I’d rather have it with/on me.
ETA: I wouldn’t wear it on a necklace, either. : / I know my school has a policy against necklaces because patients can grab them & hurt you, and they can get caught on things. Sorry to make this difficult for you; it sucks, I know! I would just buy some safety pins and fasten it to your uniform. If you want other people to be able to see it, try to get it to stay on your nametag, or pin it to the outside of your uniform.
Post # 7
I always wear my ring, and it has never ripped any gloves. It doesn’t have any prongs though (I believe it’s called a half bezel setting).
Post # 8
I work in a lab and I wear gloves all day. I have never taken off my e-ring because of it. We do not have a policy against it, and I asked for a low profile ring so it would not tear the glove. I have never had a problem with it, but I know my Future Mother-In-Law who is a nurse does not wear hers.
Post # 9
Unless you have to work in the OR or NICU, you can wear your rings.
I see most of the RNs wear their e-rings and/or wedding band. Since I am an OR RN, I don’t wear my e-ring. Once we get married, I will only wear my wedding band except on days that I scrub. Then I will wear it with my necklace.
Post # 10
My school says that we can wear a small band, but i have seen students wear their rings. Personally I don’t plan on wearing my ring or a band. Just think of all of the germs that you come in contact with at a hospital even with the gloves off.
I have heard of people losing the whole ring when taking off the glove and throwing it away. Its not worth it. I know I’m engaged/married, do my patients really need to know? And on a necklace, what if the chain breaks? I had to do that when I forgot to take my ring off and I was a nervous wreck that the chain would break.
Post # 11
I work in a lab and I wear gloves all day with my wedding ring and another ring on my right hand. Neither ring is very low profile and yet I’ve never had any problems with snagging. The gloves seem to tear more easily on other things than they do on my rings.
I don’t think it is a problem. Sometimes my hands sweat in the gloves though and I wonder if that wears off the “white” gold. But my warranty from the jeweler allows me to get the rhodium plating done again for free so it’s not a problem.
Post # 12
I always wear my ring. I tried to taking it off for work but I find that I neve remember to put it back on. Plus I just like wearing it (my finger feels naked with out it)
The only time it’s ever an issue is when I’m using steile gloves. I find it next to impossible to glove using sterile procedure and not rip the glove or have it get caught and mess the whole procedure up. So whenever i need to do a dressing or trach care I take it off and clip it onto my ID badge.
Post # 13
Thanks everyone for the input. The answers seem to be all across the spectrum. Hm. I guess I’m “old-fashioned” or something because I have waited a long time to get this ring, I want to wear it as much as I can!
Post # 14
While I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE my ring, I too am in clinicals and am not wearing my ring while working. I do it for the microbe factor-both for myself and for my patients. I have channel set stones with a prong center stone and I can just imagine all the yucky stuff that will get inside all the little spaces on my ring-EW! I don’t want to give it to patients, and I also don’t want to bring it home to my family and wear the germs all the time! I also wear a lapel-pin watch as opposed to a wrist watch for the same reason. I DO seriously go through withdrawls for my ring whenever I don’t have it on, and as soon as I leave the facility I put it back on
Post # 16
I work as a nursing assistant and I’m a nursing student, and I haven’t had any problems.. I’ve had the my e-ring for a year now.
P.S.. almost all of the nurses at my work where both their e-ring and wedding band everyday to work. I really don’t feel comfortable wearing it on a chain or clipping it to my name badge.. I’d be afraid of losing it.