A nurse on TikTok is urging others in her profession not to use best practices when it comes to their nails.
Nurse Christina Dunham, or @cdunham.rn on TikTok, has accumulated 3.4 million views of her video Call another nurse to do her acrylic nails. In the video, she shows another creator @patriotnursemeggydrn, real name Megan D’Andrea, showing off her long pink and white nails. The video caption is “New Nails” with a winking emoji.
Then @cdunham.rn appeared.
“I don’t mind when I teach some evidence-based practices from my own home because some nurses don’t,” she explains.
“In some videos, you made it clear that you don’t care about your long fake nail,” she speaks.
She then went on to explain that in 2000, NICU infants died, and they traced some of them back to bacteria found under the nurses’ fingernails.
The research she’s talking about the deaths of 16 babies at the Oklahoma Children’s Hospital. But most of those deaths were related to the population they were working with, the tiny babies. They found some with bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa, in their blood system. This bacteria can be found under the fingernails. An earlier study in the 90s with a sample population of 104 people found that bacteria were also likely to appear under natural nails.
Christina went on to explain that many hospitals have a strict policy on long nails to ensure patient safety.
“Many nurses wear nails,” D’Andrea, a travel nurse, told the Daily Dot. “All patient care is done wearing gloves.”
D’Andrea says Dunham’s video doesn’t bother her because she knows who she is: “Everybody has an opinion and my patients love me. I have always been very safe in my practice and have several state nursing licensure. ”
She added that she has never worked anywhere with a problem with her nails.
TikTok users weighed in, some in favor of Dunham’s.
One person wrote on the video: “Watching my teacher examine the cervix with her long acrylic sheets makes me feel physically exhausted.”
“In my experience, there are two types of people who become RNs – the really caring, kind… and the mean girls from their college days that never change,” wrote another user.
“They are not willing to vaccinate their patients, we KNOW they don’t change their nails,” @molly112 commented.
Others suggested that she overreacted in the video.
“Can someone explain this…especially since we’re wearing gloves. How dangerous is this? ‘ one person asked.
Others thought Dunham’s video was too harsh.
“Nurses eat other nurses. Let’s get better,” wrote one.
“So you need to post this and publicly humiliate her,” commented another, who has since had more than 400 likes.
D’Andrea says the nursing field is “extremely toxic.”
“I am very bold and do not tolerate bullying in the workplace,” she added. “In nursing, you have to be thick-skinned and bold and unrepentant.”
We have reached out to Dunham for comment.
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*First published: December 30, 2021, 5:51 p.m. CST
Elizabeth Rose began her career chasing celebrities throughout New York City. Now, she gets insider news about TikTok stars and trends. She graduated from Columbia School of Journalism and her work has appeared in ETOnline, New York Daily News and InTouch Magazine.
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