(Closed) Calling all Nurses

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 16
10284 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

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julies1949:  as a person who almost lost a family member due to an infection caught while in hospital, I appreciate the info and I certainly would not call chosing to increase the odds of getting an infection “human error”. 

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Post # 17
677 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’m a nursing student and an employee at a hospital. Hospital policy allows wedding bands/rings to be worn. I wear my band that has pave set diamonds. I wash my hands all the time and utilize standard precautions as necessary. Pretty sure my ring doesn’t come in contact with patients, as I’m always wearing gloves if I’m touching them.

Post # 18
61 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Jeeze. Here I thought all this time I’ve been working I was doing some kind of good. Clearly not, I see. 

Post # 19
188 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

The only jewelry I wear at work is stud earrings.

Post # 20
30 posts

Having seen all the pediatricians carrying cotton made finger puppets and little toys hanging off their stethoscopes, I am certain that the that ring the least you have to worry about. By the way, I haven’t seen a single attending cleaning these toys between patients and rarely their stethoscopes. Although that’s not the standard of practice, I think the nurses are still doing a much better job at making sure they wear gloves, wash their hands thoroughly, etc. 

Also because the ring has such a small surface area, the chance of it as a carrier for infections is far lower than everything else we’re ignorant about everyday while working with patients. Wearing a ring and being extra careful about it is far better than being ignorant about not cleaning up your stethoscopes, clipboards, and even your pens/name tags between patients.

Post # 21
1186 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: A very pretty church.

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julies1949:  Thank you.

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lola5:  Great decision to not wear your ring on placement. It’s hard to keep to what we know is right when people above us who we respect professionally and who act as teachers/role models deliberately go against guidelines.

I’m a student in a hospital. I am routinely horrified by the lack of adherence to basic hand hygiene/clothing standards. My ring lives on my necklace at work. We have a no stones, no nailpolish etc policy. They do allow plain bands, not sure the evidence backs this policy though. Few people follow these rules (nurses, allied health, students, physicians, surgeons) – bracelets (metal and fabric!), chipped polish, nails that aren’t clean and short, rings with probably anything and everything in them all there (+ steths, wristwatches, ties unfixed by tiepins).

I guess the thing is, when I am on placement…I know when someome gets an infection. At handover or reviewing obs, checking bloods, talking to the patients themselves. Sometimes these situations end horribly and even when not, there is so much patient suffering involved. When this happens, I think “Oh no, this is awful” but if I hadn’t done my best to keep that patient safe I’d be thinking “Oh no, this is awful, I wonder of that was me”. For this reason, whatever anyone else does (and it is really hard to influence those senior to you, though peers can be receptive) I try my best to not contribute to this problem. And part of trying my best is to not wear rings when I am doing things on the ward, as well as hand hygiene and cleaning my steth, respecting contact precautions etc.

Just because other people do things doesn’t make them okay. MRSA doesn’t respect the symbolism of rings.

http://www.hha.org -> has a lot of cool resources for anyone interested in hand hygiene/ basic infection control. From my perspective I can follow all the ‘moments’, do everything perfectly, but if my ring is on when I do that, it just isn’t likely to be as effective. I know I won’t be 100% at it day to day, but why knowingly do worse?

https://youtu.be/RIsBB6TmZvA -> I really recommend this little video because it does bring it all back to me. I guess its easy for me to identify with the people involved.

https://youtu.be/Nrdq9MG42P4 -> and this one, where memebers of the public and patients express their very reasonable expectations as well as some of the evidence being discussed.

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Post # 22
495 posts
Helper bee

Our hospital policy states that we should be bare below the elbows, but we are allowed to wear one plain band. I wear my yellow gold plain wedding band to work. Although it has a little pattern around the edge of it, no stones in it though. Nurses tend to ignore the rules though, and many of them still wear their rings with stones in them.

Post # 23
384 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015 - Winery

I am not here to debate. If we are all nurses here, then I assume we already have the knowledge needed to prevent spread of diseases.

I specifically wanted my ering to have a low set diamond so that, should I choose to wear it to work, it wouldn’t puncture my glove. I am not married yet (218 days to go!) but I did choose to have a plain yellow gold band that I can wear alone if I choose not to wear my ering to work.

Post # 24
496 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

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lola5: I am a critical care nurse in an intensive care unit and I only wear a 2.5mm rose gold plain band. At at home I wear my solitaire and 7 stone shared prong band 🙂 

Post # 25
534 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

We are only allowed to wear a plain band per our policy however it’s a rule everyone ignores I wear my engagement ring to work and I take it off and put it on a clip on my necklace if I’m doing a sterile procedure or somethi g with the potential to get yucky

Post # 26
26 posts
  • Wedding: September 2016

I work in a hospital in the UK and the policy here is bare below the elbows apart from a plain wedding band with no stones in it.  I don’t wear my e-ring on the wards.

Post # 27
226 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: Demetries

I wear my ring to work in fact most nurses wear rings to work. If the infectious disease nurse is ok with it so am I, its called gloves and hand washing. 

Post # 28
272 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016 - State Park

I don’t wear my ring at work, although I have noticed most of my coworkers wear their wedding sets. 

Post # 29
944 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Where I’ve been, all the nurses wear their rings. This is going to sound a little crazy, but the germs scare me I’m also worried about bringing it home to my family. Usually I strip on the 3 season porch and leave my work shoes out there. Then I throw my scrubs in the washing machine and hop in the shower. For the most part, patients in the hospital have compromised immune systems. Even surgical patients. No one is in the hospital because they are healthy and in tip top shape. I would be devastated if a patient got an incisional infection or pneumonia because there were germs under and around my ring. Hand washing and gloving helps, but unless the gloving uses sterile technique, then the gloves protect the health care worker more than the patient. I am fresh from nursing school so for now, I remember all that weird stuff. My foundations prof drilled it into us that clean gloves are for us, sterile gloves are for them. So back to the original question. Will I leave my ring at home for work? You bet. I chose my career in healthcare therefore it is up to me to follow evidence based practice. If I wanted to wear my ring to work, I would not have gone into nursing.

Post # 30
1174 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

My son was recently in the PICU and all the nurses wore their rings/wedding sets.  I was honestly surprised to see that since they are so hands on with everyhing.  Didn’t bother me at…I kinda enjoyed seeing everyones bling..LOL

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