As a resident, I kept everything in my white coat which I hung up in our front hall with everyone else's coats.
Now I keep my stethoscope in the office and am scrupulous about cleaning my hands before I leave. However, I work in the same community that I live in so I figure that my kids are being exposed to the same stuff I'm seeing kids for in my office, anyway. (Some of them are even their classmates!)
I always wash my hands one last time right before I leave the office to protect my family. Then I change when I get home. My boys are school aged now so I am not holding or touching them as much anymore. But, I do think about it.
I'm a little crazy about-moreso than I thought. I'm still only a nurse, but since clinicals in nursing school I wipe down my stethoscope like a maniac when I bring it home (to take DH's BP), have "work shoes" that I take off before I step into the apartment (and DH gets embarassed that everyone sees my shoes) and I NEVER took books to the floors-I read in my bed, and I don't want them associating. I also have separate pockets for money/chapstick and another for pens/tape/alcohol swabs/penlight.
I know it's probably overkill, but it makes me feel better!
Wow. I come home after a 30+ hour call, hold my kids while still in my nasty scrubs, sometimes I even collapse in bed without getting to shower. My kids play with my disgusting white coat in the car all the time, my daughter having a predilection for tasting my stethoscope! I guess I should be more careful, huh?
Nah. You're just practicing dirt theory. You know, the whole clean homes = more asthma stuff. (I don't know what it's really called. I just made that up. But still. Aseptic homes aren't necessarily best. IMHO, at least.)
I don't have kids, but I do know that my dogs slept on my coat a few times in residency.