Can Nurses Wear Earrings or Not?

In American hospitals, nurses are not allowed to wear any kind of jewelry.

This rule applies to earrings as well.

Jewelry items are considered to be unsafe and unhygienic in a hospital environment.

This is because these items may harbor bacteria and viruses which may prove to be unhealthy and even dangerous for the patients.

The hospital environment is highly sanitized and all the people who are working closely with the patients need to be extremely careful that none of their activities jeopardize the high standards of hygiene and sanitation in the hospital.

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Can nurses wear earrings?

If nurses are allowed to wear earrings or any other jewelry, the standard of sanitization can be definitely compromised.

Earrings stay in the earlobes for months and sometimes for years.

They stay close to the skin where dirt, sweat, water, soap are some of the elements that routinely meet the surfaces of earrings.

There is every possibility that the earrings may host some kind of microbes and pathogens.

Moreover, in many cases, the whole earlobe itself is festering with a wound.

A nurse wearing an earring or with a festering earlobe whole is not good news to a patient who has just returned from the operation theatre after a surgery.

Can nurses wear stud earrings?

While American hospitals do not allow nurses to wear any kind of jewelry including earrings, the condition may not be as stringent everywhere across all clinics and hospitals as in some major hospitals.

A stud earring can be considered to be innocuous because it sits tightly in one part of the earlobe.

It’s never dangling.

But it can be a small piece as well as a big one.

It may have simple or even intricate designs.

If it is a big piece with uneven surfaces where dust, microbes, or pathogens can find a safe home, the earring may not be safe in a hospital where high standards of sanitization are deemed necessary.

However, if the clinic is small and the complexity of the diseases or treatment is not very high, nurses can wear some discreet jewelry pieces including stud earrings.

It all depends on what the guidelines of a particular health center, clinic, or hospital are where the nurse concerned is working.

If a nurse wants to wear an earring and if the hospital management allows such a thing, she can wear a tiny and discreet stud ring.

Check out this YouTube video for more information from a fellow registered nurse about wearing earrings at work.

Video made by Nurse Germz

Can male nurses wear earrings?

A male nurse working in a critical care department of a reputed hospital cannot wear earrings.

Like earrings worn by nurses, male earrings, too, can host harmful bacteria and viruses, which can prove to be dangerous for a patient.

As far as the rules are concerned, no one is allowed to wear anything that can be even remotely associated with infection, bacteria, viruses, microbes, or pathogens.

A piece of jewelry in a hospital where critical care facilities are working is a strict no.

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But if the healthcare system is offering only peripheral and non-invasive services, it may have less stringent rules.

And, in such circumstances, a male nurse wearing a stud may not raise heckle. But the issue is of greater significance than simply wearing or not wearing a fashion accessory.

The real issue is the level of awareness and sensitization about the need for maintaining hygiene and sanitization in a healthcare facility.

For a clinic or hospital to become a center of excellence, everyone working in such facilities need to collectively maintain the highest standards of professional behavior.

In light of this, it does not sound alright for a male nurse to wear an earring.

The rules that guide the behavior of hospital staff anyway prohibit wearing any kind of jewelry as long as they are in the hospital.

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What earrings can nurses wear?

Ideally, they should not wear any kind of earring.

The existing rules that guide the behavior of hospital staff do not allow nurses to wear any kind of jewelry.

However, if you are working in a healthcare facility where critical care is not available and patients come only for consultation and basic healthcare facilities, you may wear an earring provided the management of the hospital allows it.

When it comes to wearing an earring, the smallest and the simplest of the earrings is the best. A stud has the potential to pass this parameter.

It is normally a small jewelry piece that sits tightly on the earlobe.

Can nurses wear earrings?

Nurses must answer this question themselves. If yes, they must seriously consider what jewelry they should wear and what they should not.

They know the situation and they know what effect a piece of jewelry can bring about in their hospital environment.

But at all costs, they must avoid dangling earrings or any other item that has a chance to touch the patient.

With a dangling piece of jewelry, there are two possibilities.

One, it may touch and pass on the infection to a patient.

Two, an aggressive or confused patient may grab a dangling jewelry piece and harm the nurse.

Conclusion: Can nurses wear earrings?

The question whether a nurse should wear an earring or not relates to what the rules and the ethics of the medical profession say.

Related article: Ethical Principles in Nursing

The rules forbid nurses to wear any kind of jewelry because they can become a source of infection to a patient who is under treatment at the hospital.

The environment of a hospital is extremely sanitized and this is achieved through hard work and adherence to a set of rules.

As per these rules, nurses are not allowed to wear any kind of jewelry including earpieces.

Even the ethics of the medical profession would not allow any deviation from the strictest levels of hygiene and sanitization.

A nurse wearing a piece of jewelry can introduce a pathogen in an otherwise completely sanitized environment.

Some hospitals may allow their nurses to wear a set of minimal jewelry.

This is because these hospitals may not be offering treatment that requires the highest standards of sanitization within their environment.

In that case, nurses can wear jewelry pieces that are small and discreet.

Stud earrings as well as post earrings that don’t have a dangling design are two appropriate choices for nurses if they want to wear some jewelry during their work.

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Ida Koivisto

Ida is a both registered nurse and public health nurse. Her passion is to provide as much as possible valuable information about nursing to the world. In her spare time from work and blogging, Ida loves to workout at the gym and spend time with relatives.

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