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Glove Awareness Week

30 April – 4 May 2018

To coincide with World Hand Hygiene Day on 5 May, we hosted Glove Awareness Week from 30 April to raise awareness of skin health and appropriate glove use by nursing staff. 

The Week highlighted when gloves should and shouldn't be worn and how to look after your skin to prevent infection. 

Following the pilot of the first RCN Glove Awareness Week we are seeking feedback on how materials were used and their usefulness in supporting your role and practice locally. Please send your feedback to us via our online evaluation form by Sunday 8 July.


Are you glove aware?

Approximately one in five nurses develop hand dermatitis – a painful, debilitating condition which may require nursing staff to be moved out of clinical areas due to the risk of infection from damaged skin.

Hand dermatitis can be caused by frequent exposure to water, cleaning agents and inappropriate glove use.

Over or under use of gloves can put you and your patients at risk of infection. 

Types of glove fall into two main categories – examination and protective. It’s therefore crucial to carry out a risk assessment to decide whether, and which type of gloves to wear. 

Download our leaflet and poster.

Get involved


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#RCNchat: Are you glove aware?

On Tuesday 1 May 2018 at 7.30pm we will be hosting a one-hour Twitter chat to discuss the importance of appropriate glove use and skin health.


Download our resources

We have designed some simple resources for you to use in your workplace to raise awareness of appropriate glove use - these include a poster, a leaflet and a selfie board. The resources can be used in any way that fits in with your local practice or organisational activity, for example many members are sharing these with their link nurses/champions, or using them as aids for local updates on skin health and glove use.

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Download selfie board

Create a frame for your photographs by cutting out the white area of the selfie board. Use the photos to promote GAW locally or send them to us on social media to share.