(Closed) Nursing Bees – Wedding Band?

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Bumble bee

I just leave mine at home. I work in surgery and we aren’t allowed to wear rings in the OR for infection control. If your wedding band fits securely, there is no reason it would fall off just because of the width. Bear in mind, that you will be washing your hands very often and needing to put gloves on and off all the time. There is less chance of losing a ring in something gross or spreading germs hiding in ring crevices to very ill patients. 

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

My mom has been a nurse for 25 years and never wears a ring or a band. She said it’s too easy to spread infection and doesn’t want to chance it. She is also scared of a ripped glove. Not to mention if you do take it off, things often go missing from hospital lockers. People have even stolen her socks, there is zero shame out there!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 1995

Lol – my first thought was “why does the band matter for nursing a baby?”  Haha -I am not a nurse but I  work with doctors and nurses. Most wear nothing or a plain band.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

It always grossed me out to wear my ring at work, so I’d just wear it on a necklace.  Even a thin band, no matter how often you wash your hands or wear gloves, it just made me feel grimy, like it was somewhere for dirt to get trapped. 

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I don’t wear any jewelry to work. I’ve never understood why wearing a ring is more important than infection control. You could always wear your e-ring on a chain around your neck.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

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Daenaria727:  for the longest time i did not wear any rings.  I bought a tiffany charm enhancer necklace to wear my rings on, but i was too worried of the chain breaking and losing the rings.  So i went to “eweddingbands.com” and bought a 3mm simple rose gold band that i now wear to work.  It complies with the one simple ring and its super easy to clean, does not have any crevices.  It only cost me about $100 bucks.  

I actually find that i barely wear my ering/wb unless going out since i work full time.  Easier just to leave the rose gold band on.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

My husband’s a nurse and he wears his wedding band. 

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2005

I know some nurses wear their rings.  I don’t know why…you can scratch people, you can get crap in it, you can lose the diamond….to me it was never worth it.  Plus the anti-bac soap and the hand sanitizer eats through the gold.  I now work in the NICU and we are only allowed to wear a plain band.  I have a tungsten band I wear.  It’s simple…no design or anything that crap can get stuck in.  Also, the hand sanitizer doesn’t eat through it and scratch it like it did with my gold one.  I got mine from Blue Nile but you can get them on Amazon for under $50. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

I’m in nursing school myself, so I feel your pain on the no nail polish policy (don’t worry, they aren’t that strict in the real world!).

My school allows engagement rings and wedding bands along with a single lobe piercing with a stud, and that’s it…so come August when I go back to school, I can’t wear all my great jewelry (I have visible piercings) or my necklace which I literally never take off (which I think they should allow because it’s a religious thing, but oh well). If you don’t want to go without a ring, how about buying a cheap band that you’re sure won’t fall off?

And IRL, nurses wear both e-rings and wedding bands all the time!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’m in nursing school and our policy allows wedding sets. However, at clinical and at work (I’m a tech at a hospital,) I don’t wear my engagement ring! It’s a pain to take gloves off and put them on with it! I do wear my pave half eternity band to work!

Post # 12
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Newbee

Nothing, I work in the NICU and jewelry promotes the spread of germs. I am almost certain our entire hospital does no allow jewelry below the elbows. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2002

I am a nurse and our policy is bare below the elbows with the exception of a plain wedding band.  I started out wearing a plain wedding band but honestly I find it easier to wear nothing at all.  I do see lots of nurses wearing their diamond rings but, despite being a big jewellery lover, for the safety of my patients and family I’d rather not risk it in regards to infection control.  I use to wear my rings on my watch but since I have upgraded my rings I am worried about them wearing and scratching.  It’s the first thing I do when I get home is put them back on and you can always tell if I have a couple of days off in a row and I have polish on my nails.  I really miss wearing polish on my nails…but I love love love being a nurse!!!

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2015

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lildropofsunshine:  sorry but just because “they aren’t that strict in the real world” doesn’t mean we as nurses don’t have to take responsibility for our own actions. No, someone will not be watching you behind your back all the time like in nursing school, but that is not an excuse to just start painting your nails etc. 

I personally don’t wear anything, my band is Etoile style and has some diamonds that I could lose, and/ or gunk could still collect around and I just don’t feel like purchasing a plain band to wear at work. I don’t feel any less married without one on. That is not to say that I didn’t wish I could wear my ring after I got engaged. I loveD it! But I Just kind of got over the need to wear it at work. 

Post # 14
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Busy bee

My husband is a physician, not a nurse, but he works with a severely immune compromised population. He never wears his ring or watch at work. He also has clothes and shoes that he only wears at work (under the scrubs, of course, he’s not going commando under there, lol). The protocols are the same for the nurses. His patients can die from infections, so everyone at work takes it very seriously.

Sometimes people ask if I worry about him not wearing his ring to work. First of all, my husband isn’t the type of guy to run around on me, so having a ring on or not is immaterial. He’s honest with or without it. Secondly, everyone knows he’s married and I know almost all the people he works with, so he’s obviously not hiding his marital status.

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