Post # 17
I really wanted to wear mine too, and felt really bad not wearing it on my finger. BUT I feel that the health & safety of my patients comes before my personal comfort regarding a trinket. Eventually you get used to it. : )
I know that a lot of nurses DO wear them (in fact, I don’t know of any nurses I’ve worked with who don’t), but when you consider the fact that the number of hospital-acquired infections are on the rise…you start to think that maybe this is one of the reasons why. (Plus, a lot of the infections now are antibiotic-resistant, so it’s even MORE important to be washing your hands thoroughly, which means without a ring on your finger.)
If you’re afraid of the ring getting lost, I’d suggest taking out insurance on it so you know you can get it replaced, or don’t wear it to work/clinicals. (Again, like I said, I KNOW it’s hard. But it’s for the good of your patients, and a good nurse should always put her patients’ safety first.)
Post # 18
Thanks for this post! My BF and I are looking at rings, and as I start clinicals in May (medical student), the glove thing is a definite concern. I was limiting the search to low-profile rings, but he kept insisting I wouldn’t wear them at school/work anyway. Sigh, I guess he was right (he better not get used to that!).
Post # 19
I am a neuro ICU nurse and can’t stomach the thought of wearing my engagement ring or wedding band on my hand at work. If you are familiar with neuro patients, you’ll know what I mean. I keep my rings at home……too scared one of my combative or confused patients could yank it off a necklace. My husband is an anesthesiologist and they are not allowed to wear their rings in the OR. He slides his onto his ID holder while at work.
Post # 20
I’m a clinical microbiologist and I work in a hospital. I wear my ring to work, and so do most of the other women in our lab. I’m constantly taking gloves on and off, but I haven’t had a problem. Just take your ring to get the prongs tightened about once a year! As for spread of infection, if you are wearing gloves, washing your hands and using alcohol based sanitizer per protocol I wouldn’t foresee it causing a problem. Of course you would have to take into consideration the form of your ring, and whether there are little nooks and crannies that don’t get clean. We do have a rule that fngernails can’t be more than 1/4″ long, and nail polish cannot be chipped, because bacteria can hide there. I don’t have patient contact though, so there may be other reasons for not wearing a ring when dealing with patients.
Post # 21
I’m a pediatrician, and purposefully got a ring that I can wear to work. It’s a band with a few tiny diamonds scattered about, but they don’t stick out. All of the doctors I know just wear a simple band to work, even though some of them have solitaires they wear socially ( I don’t because we spend most of our free time camping or hiking or doing something outside, and I figured if I’m not going to wear a soliataire to work and I’m not going to wear it on the weekends, what’s the point?)
Some of the nurses wear their solitaires to work, but not many of them. If you do decide to wear a ring at the hospital keep in mind that it will be exposed to gallons of hand sanitizer, and so you’ll probably want to get it cleaned more often than your average ring.
Post # 22
I’m a family practice physician, and was a little concerned about this issue when I picked out my dream ring. My ring is 1.5 ct center princess-cut with channel diamonds. I was so happy to find that I can wear my gloves at work with no issues whatsoever, and have no problems even when I’m doing minor office procedures or surgeries. But some of my partners do just wear their band.
Post # 23
In the world of pharmacy, our regulations require all jewelry to be removed prior to washing and gloving. I comply with this and do not wear my ring when working. However, my ring is very uncomfortable under the gloves anyways. Our regulations also state that powdered makeup cannot be worn while making IVs, only liquid makeup can be… We have very detailed, strict regulations!
Post # 24
I am in Nursing school too, and our hospital’s policy says no jewelry except for wedding/ engagement rings. For clinical, I leave my e-ring at home and wear only my wedding band. My e-ring never ripped a glove, but it seemed to slow me down when I was putting on and taking off gloves. Plus I was always worried about accidentally scratching a patient while repositioning them.
Post # 25
I’m a RN and I wear my ring every single day 🙂 I have had no issues with it ripping gloves or anything. I would say wear it!
Post # 26
I’m an RN and work at a place with a no long sleeves and no watches or rings policy. I don’t mind it. It is gross if you think what could be on your ring from work exposure.
Post # 27
I never wore my rings to work, but after having forgotten where they last were so many times, and panicking thinking they were lost, I started wearing them to work. They’ve never torn the gloves, even though my e-ring is high set. When I go to the OR, I tie them into the drawstring on my scrubs. Not a problem:)
Post # 28
I am also a student starting my clinical and I wear my ring. I didn’t at first because its a solitaire and sits kinda high. But then I looked around and realized everyone else was wearing theirs and I felt left out 🙂 So I started wearing it. The only issue I have sometimes is trying to put on sterile gloves. Other than that, no issues. Once I acutally get married I plan on just wearing my band to work.
Post # 29
I am an L&D nurse, and I do NOT wear my ring anymore at work! When I first got engaged the constant taking on and off gloves actually popped my solitaire diamond out…thankfully I told everyone in the patients room “dont move” and found it on the floor before it got kicked around! You will be fine without it for the 8 hours you’re in clinicals.
Post # 30
I also wear gloves all day with my wedding rings. My setting is not particularly high or low. I do find that the thicker mil nitrile gloves (purple Kimberly Clark) don’t tear as much. If I wear the cheap blue nitriles, they rip really easily (with or without rings). I don’t wear latex gloves, as they are not compatible with the chemicals I work with.
Post # 31
I normally don’t wear my engagement ring, but I do wear my wedding band. I just think it’s to risky. I see alot of my fellow RN’s wear their whole set, so, it’s up to you