(Closed) Nurses/Healthcare Workers and Rings….

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
1944 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I am a nurse too and we all wear our rings. The necklace idea is not good for us bc sometimes disoriented, confused patients like to grab at shiny, dangling things. I’ve never had an issue with gloves in over 3 years, if it’s sized properly your ring will not come off in glove removal.

Post # 4
1576 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m not a nurse (I work in a lab) but I wear mine on a long black silk necklace and tuck it under my shirt.

I like having it on me all the time. I didn’t like leaving it in my locker before I got the necklace. And since the necklace is long (24″) it never falls out, so it can’t get caught on anything.

Post # 5
46 posts
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m in my medical residency (currently a third year OB/GYN resident); because I operate, I need to take my rings off fairly often.  One of the midwives at my hospital gave me one of those Brighton decorative safety pins (http://www.brighton.com/product/charm-holders/36956-16291/-abc-swiss-charm-pin.html) — I wear it around my bra strap and put my rings on it.  Feels more secure than a necklace, and I can always feel my rings on my chest. 

Post # 6
3771 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

All of the nurses I work with, including myself wear our rings. If I weren’t wearing them I would leave them at home. The chance of something getting caught on that necklace is too great and I would never leave them in my locker.

Post # 8
1109 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I work in psych with residents who tend to get violent at times, so I can’t wear a necklace because they can grab onto it and throw some punches. I only wear my wedding band because it’s very flush to my skin and won’t get caught in my gloves and fall off. My e-ring fits but sometimes when it’s cold my fingers get super tiny and I worry I’ll lose it. I do have a fake set for work that I wear when I remember to switch out of my wedding band and I leave my real set at home.

Post # 9
327 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m a nurse and I used to wear mine at work and never had any problems regarding gloves since my ring is nice and snug. However, I’m clumsy and bash into things all the time (iv poles, side rails, walls, etc.). I was paranoid that I’d damage my ring somehow (or that c.diff would get in the nooks and crannies lol) so I bought a fake to wear at work. I’m not comfortable wearing it on a necklace. 3 of my coworkers are also recently engaged and none of them wear their rings to work, either.

Post # 10
184 posts
Blushing bee


I leave mine at home.

Had a friend many years ago who had a small skating rink on her finger….she pulled it off in a glove accidentally without realizing it.  Never found it.

Plus–diamonds WILL chip.  


Also worked in a small hospital with a relatively poor population and sometimes some shady people. 

I just did not want to be a target in the parking lot later with my jewelry. Wink


Plus—think of the germs that can reside in your ring that you wear elsewhere??

Post # 11
106 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m a pediatrics resident, and I wear my ring. The only time I don’t is in e nursery cause I’m afraid of scratching the babies. I never had an issue with my ring getting caught on the gloves. But once I’m married, I’ll probably just wear the band.

Post # 12
5475 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I work in a lab & tried just turning my ring around so the daimond faces my palm, but it caught on gloves all the time.  I now use a safety pin & pin my ring on the inside of my scrub pocket.  I was afraid a necklace might break & I’d lose the ring, and I don’t want to leave my ring at home in case I do something before or after work (gym, grocery shopping, etc).  I have not had any issues with pinning my ring inside my pocket- and one time the safety pin popped open but my ring only fell into my pocket so no big deal.

FWIW- gloves on and off over and over again all day can, over time, wear on the prongs.  Cleaning chemicals can also erode the metal.

Post # 13
95 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I wear mine. If I didn’t wear it on my finger, I would leave it at home. No point in wearing it anywhere on you imo if it isn’t on your finger….I have considered a fake for work in the past but never bothered. All the ladies at my work wear their real ones.

Post # 14
2693 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

I’m not a nurse, but I work in a hospital.  I work in one of the management offices so I enver have to take my rings off.

When Fiance does his medical school rotations and then during his residency, I konw he’ll have to take his off often.  Especially if he does a cards fellowship (he is currently leaning towards cardiology…specifically procedural based EP).  That was the main reason we went with a tunsgsten ring.  It was leagues and leagues cheaper than the palladium, platinum, or white gold.  With all of his reasons and requirements to take off his ring, we figured he’ll lose it at least once (especially early on while he’s not super used to wearing it).  He’s told me that he sees surgeons tie their rings onto their scrub pant ties, and thinks that is a secure way to keep track of it.  Whatever works best for him is fine, but I fully expect him to lose the ring at least once.  Which is why a $300 tungsten band was a better option for us than a $1200 white gold band.


Post # 15
246 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I am a RN in an ICU. I have worn it  on my finger since day one at work. my ring is a solitare, less little creases for dirt to get into. With the hand washing my fingers do get smaller, but it has never fallen off. I am a klutz and am always banging into things and it hasn’t chip it yet.  I figure it was made for life- I will test that theory. 🙂

Post # 16
820 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m a nurse and I wear my e-ring all the time. It has never fallen off or gotten stuck in gloves, but it is also a channel set band so that may have something to do with it. 

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