(Closed) Spy Favor – Do nurse midwives wear engagement rings?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 16
197 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015 - Bali

I (and alot of my nurse friends) wear my engagement ring on a chain around my neck. My wedding band has stones in it, but I am contemplating getting a plain band just for work.

I’m not concerned with wearing my bling at work as much as I am about the filth that is in hospitals getting in my ring! lol.

Post # 17
292 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I work in telemetry/critical care and i wear mine to work and have never had a problem. I always make sure I wash my hands well around my ring and clean it once a week. I have never hurt a patient with it not have I ever hurt the ring. I always wear gloves when doing patient care so it protects both the patient and the ring. I was told not to wear rings in nursing school not because of infection control, but because of dress codes in clinical sites.

Post # 18
2837 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Stack_Squared:  I don’t work in the medical field– but I think ring wearing by midwives/nurses/DRs in general is 1) a personal thing and 2) perhaps a facility thing- meaning each facility might have different policies for different reasons.

My son was in the NICU at two different hospitals after he was born.  At hospital #1, rings were not allowed by nurses in the NICU- as well as parents who were handling thier babies.  Their cited reasoning was- babies in the NICU are fragile, and rings can harbor germs.  

At the second hospital- in the NICU- all the nurses had rings on.


I’m sure some midwives/nurses who have rings that won’t work well under gloves and potentially might tear or rip the glove– don’t wear thier rings (the DR that delivered my son wore her rings on a chain around her neck).  

If I were you, I’d get a ring that works well under gloves (low setting, bezel or tension, no prongs) just in case.

My cousin is nurse practitioner, and she has a beautiful tension setting.  It’s not even that low of setting- in fact, I’d almost consider it high.  But she got it so that it could go under gloves without a problem.  

Post # 20
2449 posts
Buzzing bee

ermine:  I know many surgeons at respected hospitals and I do not know of any who wear rings in the operating room. Operating rooms are sterile environments and therefore hospitals are generally strict with the no ring or bracelet policies.

Post # 21
75 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

MissMarple:  This is a rather old thread, but it all this seems to be hospital dependent. I’ve worked at several major US hospitals and often see rings in the OR. I’ve never seen rings banned in a hospital. Nothing new has transpired at our hospital. I did a case in the OR this week. Bracelets would just be annoying so I can’t imagine wearing a bracelet under a gown and gloves. 

ORs are not sterile. There is a sterile patient field in the OR when needed but the OR itself is absolutely not sterile. And not all procedures done in the OR are sterile procedures.

Post # 22
180 posts
Blushing bee

My midwife group either doesn’t allow it or they have all made the decision to wear a plain white or yellow gold band. All of the nurses in their office do the same. I had a left handed midwife deliver my son and I would feel weird knowing my wedding ring had been in some interesting places, gloves or not.

Post # 23
2449 posts
Buzzing bee

ermine:  I know that there are non-sterile persons and procedures in the OR. Maybe you’re someone who doesn’t need to be sterile, but you seem to be talking in generalities and generally, when the layperson thinks of an OR, they think of sterile procedures. When people scrub into the OR, they do need to remove their rings because their hands and much of their arms are part of the sterile field and I have not seen or heard of a hospital that doesn’t require this as part of procedure.

More to the point, I am not in L+D but a friend who is an OB told me that they do scrub in, as long as they get to the delivery in time, so I would think that would be more relevant to OP’s question, at least for the deliveries.

Post # 24
920 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 1984

I’m an ICU nurse and the hospital I work at has a clear policy of no watches or bracelets and only simple bands. Rings can and do harbour bacteria. It is impossible to get into every nook and crany of a ring when washing hands with either soap and water or sanitizer. From observational studies it has been shown that health care professionals are not very good at hand washing frequency or thoroughness. Doctors are the worst offenders and need frequent reminding to wash their hands both before and after patient contact. Our ICU abuts the OR and I have NEVER seen an anaesthesiologist, surgeon, RT or OR nuse wear anything other than a simple band.

Not sure what hosptial you work at ermine but I would not want to be a patient there.

Post # 25
1242 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Stack_Squared:  Seconding the not wearing rings during deliveries. Safer for the patients and you won’t want to get fluids on your rings.

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