Post # 1
I’m a nurse and tonight is my first shift back on the wards following my engagement (I had a very long lazy holiday!!)
I’m wondering what you other nurses and healthcare workers do about your rings when you work??
Do you wear them on your finger or around your neck, or do you just leave them at home??
I’m wearing my ring on my finger atm but I have one of those Tiffany necklaces with a charm clip on it so I can whip it off and clip it around my neck when I wash my hands etc.
Post # 3
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
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
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
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 # 7
Good point about necklaces getting caught.
I’m not worried about the ring slipping off my finger it’s more worrying about the diamonds coming loose with too much hand washing.
Maybe the longer I have the ring, the less precious I will be about it hehe.
I love the clip and bra strap idea, that’s brilliant.
Post # 8
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
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
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.
Plus—think of the germs that can reside in your ring that you wear elsewhere??
Post # 11
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
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
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
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
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
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.