Healthcare workers, do you wear your ring at work?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
486 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

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
1434 posts
Bumble bee

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
1773 posts
Buzzing bee

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
30399 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
1487 posts
Bumble bee
  • 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
1356 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2021

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 # 9
4 posts

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
366 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2019

I work in healthcare (nothing invasive), and I wear my ring, and so do many of my co workers!

Post # 11
839 posts
Busy bee
  • 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
736 posts
Busy bee
  • 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
555 posts
Busy bee

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
855 posts
Busy bee

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keikochan :  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
194 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: City, State

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.

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