New CNA (what attire and accessories should I buy?)

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    Hey everyone,
    I'm starting a new job (subacute), and I was wondering if there were anyone who knew if I should be buying new scrubs, stethoscope, and the like.

    Did your facility provide you with scrubs and materials? I'm buying one but at the interview, color code was not mentioned so I'm just going to go with any common color.

    Also, do you think my stethoscope from nursing assistant school is fine? Or should I buy a new one?

    I only have a nice white watch and pair of shoes so far. Didn't get lucky finding scrubs at Goodwill, so Walmart is my next visit!
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    scrubs
    get shoes that are wipeable (lol) incase you dump some lovely stuff on them
    Get a pin watch rather that a wristwatch so you don't need to worry about it when you wash your hands
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    Don't buy scrubs until you learn your dress code. Some places are very strict, and a common color may not be good enough.

    Don't buy shoes until you learn what shoes are allowed and not allowed. Don't waste your money on a stethoscope, you probably won't need it much (most places provide vitals equipment if the aides are to do the vitals), and if you do, the one you have will suffice.

    Basically, don't buy ANYTHING until you find out what you need. Every facility is different, and unless you have unlimited funds, you won't want to waste money on things you don't need or can't use!
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    If you're really excited and want to buy SOMETHING, you can't go wrong with pens and hand sanitizer and lotion...but hold off on the specific stuff! If you really need to know right now, call HR and ask about dress code.
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    Loveoutloud, thanks for the pin watch advice! I didn't know they had such things and boy I'm going to love washing my hands without the watch.
    Yousoldtheworld, thanks as always for contributing. I will wait until my next call (from HR), and ask. Your right, I should wait (I got a little too excited!) since I really don't want to be spending time returning things back.

    I did get the shoes though yesterday (hope they aren't too strict on them!) Nice and waterproof like you said loveoutloud

    Would you and anyone else have a great place to buy scrubs (not online)? I hear Costco had some, I'll have to check on that.
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    Quote from jjic3982
    Yousoldtheworld, thanks as always for contributing. I will wait until my next call (from HR), and ask. Your right, I should wait (I got a little too excited!) since I really don't want to be spending time returning things back.

    I did get the shoes though yesterday (hope they aren't too strict on them!) Nice and waterproof like you said loveoutloud

    Would you and anyone else have a great place to buy scrubs (not online)? I hear Costco had some, I'll have to check on that.
    Haha, oh I know how you feel - when I got my first CNA job, I went and bought 4 or 5 scrub sets...and then learned that I had to wear royal blue pants and tops that coordinated with them, and everything I'd bought had to go into storage. So, I definitely learned the hard way! But even now, every time I get a new job, I appease my excitement by buying a ton of clicky top pens. I'm a pen fiend!

    As for buying scrubs, Walmart actually has some decent ones. The selection isn't huge, but it changes seasonally, and they're affordable - around here, they have tops and pants for 10-15 normally, and usually some cheaper ones on sale or clearance. There's a store that is sort of a farm/home store called Big R that has a TON of scrubs, too...but I know the stores aren't located everywhere.

    We also have some shoe stores that sell scrubs. I have found that actual uniform shops tend to be more expensive. The cheapest routes for me have been online and Walmart.
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    Hi Yousoldtheworld,
    Thanks for the reply again. I am also a pen fiend, I buy those packs with 8 at the dollar tree xD.
    As for the scrubs, Walmart it is! Now I just have to wait for that phone call so I can ask if they have a dress code xp. I'll see if there is a Big R around my area.
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    Congratulations on landing a job.
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    Thank you Poi Dog.

    Btw your avatar is so cute.
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    They have super cheap scrubs at Family Dollar. The pants are pretty dorky but some of the tops have a nice print... the only problem is that they're really big. The XS is not that much smaller than the XL. If you're not a runt like me it might be an option. I bought one there that had a beautiful print but it's like down to my knees and I look like a floating pair of boobs. But another woman has the same one and she's tall and skinny so it looks fine.


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