Do you wear nail polish at work? I know at school we weren’t allowed to, so it’s probably a no-no, but I’ve seen other people wearing it when out in the real world. I’d love to wear it but I feel weird asking my 60 yr old boss if I’m allowed to or not. Obviously it would be up to the practice, just wondering what everyone else does.
I don’t wear nail polish. I tried years ago and it would come off the first hour on Monday. Not worth it. Shellac Polish is better, but have the time to go every few weeks and have it done. It is a better option than fake nails. The fake nails harbor bacteria no matter how often you get a “fill”. Short nails are better for hand ergonomics too.
In school, we were not allowed to wear nail polish for the sanitary reasons EXCEPT clear.. How clear is any different in that aspect, beats me?! Anyways, in my new office I see it worn quite often. It is always a more neutral color and looks very professional though. My mother is an RN at a big hospital and they all wear acrylics (she doesn’t – she just likes manicures).
I have been told by a cross infection expert that apparently you can’t wash off all the microbes from the nail polish because of some kind of statics..?. But I still wear it – washing hands makes my nails dry and they peel, which I find less hygienic and aesthetically pleasing than wearing a nail polish, as long as it is not chipped. I keep my nails short and neat so it doesn’t look to dressed up. I didn’t ask my boss – I just explain to him why I do it if he ever asks.
I graduated 2008 and was taught no polish at all, even clear. It can affect the integrity of the gloves, esp. if chipped.
This paper was in the March issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene.
http://www.dimensionsofdentalhygiene.com/2014/03_March/Features/Nail_Hygiene.aspx Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. March 2014;12(3):28,30,32.
According to the CDC, nails should be short and regular nail polish must be unchipped and replaced after 4 days or as soon as it chips. Gel polish is less likely to chip and it has not yet been studied. However, I have worn gel polish and it does start to form little gaps at the edges like acrylics or wraps, both of which have been shown to harbor micro-organisms and are unacceptable. Now I only wear gel polish on top of at least one layer of regular polish so I can remove it easily every three or four days without damaging my nails but still get good chip resistance almost like full gels.