Post # 1
Some of my coworkers do and some don’t. I don’t wear my engagement ring because the stone is pretty raised and it catches on clean gloves and I can’t even get sterile gloves on. (For non-medical bees, those are the super tight ones you see surgeons wear on tv. Lol)
I’m thinking once we’re married I might just wear the band on it’s own since that won’t interfere with gloves, but then I also think about the billions of hand sanitizer uses every shift and that worries me. I don’t do iv chemo, only chemo pills, but I do have a coworker who spilled a drop of chemo on her ring and it completely stripped the coating clean off half the ring!
Post # 2
I just try to be careful when i pull gloves on (I do drug tests on clients all day long). I’m just afraid if I take it off I’ll lose it!!!
Post # 3
I’m currently in PT school, and there are days where I’m working with cadavers and I don’t even bother with a ring. I wear my silicone one when I am doing a lot of hands on work with patients and classmates. I just ordered a Ring Bandit so I am super excited to be able to just slip my ring into that when I need to take my ring off in a jiffy!
Post # 4
I can’t wear mine unfortunately. If I have a clinic day I will wear my plain gold band but otherwise I don’t. xo
Post # 5
I don’t wear my rings at work. Besides the selfish aspect of not wanting to bring who knows what germs home to my family. I also don’t want to carry them from patient to patient.
Post # 6
- Wedding: September 2005 - A Castle
I wore my set almost always. It’s been years since I was at the bedside but I don’t recall having much of an issue with sterile gloves ripping.
Post # 7
I always wear mine as do most of my colleagues, I don’t do anything invasive and always wear gloves when touching patients. I work in cath lab, but the most invasive things I do are ECGs, BPs and putting on sats probes an defib pads. The rest of the time I am pretty much just in the control room. If I was scrubbed I would probably take me Engagement Ring off as the gloves are very tight and my e-ring might rip them.
Post # 8
its not that the sterile gloves rip, more like it’s nearly impossible to get on. But like I said, my stone is pretty raised off the ring. I did tear a set of clean gloves the one night I wore my engagement ring to work right after getting engaged and thats how I decided it comes off before work. I think what concerns me most is the hand sanitizer ruining the ring. Not sure if there’s any truth to that
Post # 9
I’m in the OR so I can’t wear it at work. Some girls pin their rings to their scrub tops or put it in a wallet/pouch in their pocket. But I’ve heard a few horror stories of rings being left in scrubs and sent down to the laundry never to be seen again. Although I’m newly engaged and it kills me not to be able to wear my ring everyday, I’d rather just leave it at home where I know it will be safe!
Post # 10
I work in healthcare (nothing invasive), and I wear my ring, and so do many of my co workers!
Post # 11
- Wedding: May 2019 - Country/barn
I wear mine but it is not set high and has never ripped my gloves. I too often wonder about the hand sanitizer though. All of my coworkers also wear theirs.
Post # 12
- Wedding: June 2015 - Backyard
I wear a plain white gold band that is easy to clean, I wipe it with an alcohol swab after every shift. I don’t wear my e-ring as it’s a 3 stone with pave band, too many nooks and crannies and it was getting all gunked up with hand sanitizer. I used to wear it to work for the first couple years after I got it but I’m in the ICU now and feel like my job is grosser now than when I worked med-surg. I feel like it’s hard to properly sanitize your hands when you’re trying to avoid e-ring stones vs a plain band you can easily sanitize your whole hand and kind of pretend it’s not there. Also it just got in the way with putting on gloves etc and I was always worried about banging it into something.
Post # 13
I’m not allowed to wear rings, it’s against the hygenic rules when you work in the health care system in my country. Not sure I would if I could though, the rules are there for a reason.
Post # 14
I do not, as the nature of my work does not allow it. But, I do know that as PP said, nursing staff sometimes wear theirs pinned to their scrubs, on necklace holders, or wear silicone bands. I am many years married now, so surrendering my engagement ring and wedding band are just part of habit now. I know in the early days, it was a shame to have to part with my rings during work/on call hours.
Post # 15
I’m in research and have to wear gloves a lot of the time. Initially I also had a hard time putting gloves on, but now I just turn the engagement ring around such that the stone sits in the crook between my palm and the anterior side of my finger, and now I have no issue getting gloves on/off.