"Professional Whites" for nursing week?

  1. Our facility is allowing us to celebrate Nurse's Week this year (as opposed to no recognition for the past 2 years) with a theme week. One day is "Professional White (caps optional)". I have not worn white since 50 lbs ago and my cap is in my Halloween box. Our graduating class "76 BSN ASU" voted to be pinned rather than capped because of the connotation of caps --http://www.civilization.ca/hist -- and the professional image of nursing.

    Any suggestions for my attire that day?

    My ideas are not practical--either a professional suit (shoes would kill me and environmental factors would not be conducive to work) or a dingy white uniform stained with various bodily secretions and an askew cap tangled with IV tubing or perhaps in the grip of a violent patient.
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   meownsmile
    I would think it would be optional anyway. You sound as if you dont want to buy whites for the occasion. So wear what you have,, scrub up the cap if you have one,, if not,, be yourself. Your patients wont care as long as you do your job and do it well. Anyway having everyone show up in whites will just give someone in administration the idea of trying to make whites mandatory again
  4. by   susanmary
    Wear whatever you want -- I'd simply wear my usualy scrubs. Hey, if you want to go along with the crowd ... wear white socks. Sounds like your facility is looking for some photo ops. I wouldn't advise wearing a suit/heels if you work at the bedside -- ouch. :roll :roll
  5. by   canoehead
    Shoot me if I ever have to wear whites again.
  6. by   BadBird
    If you don't have whites, don't worry just don't wear them. Being a professional is not in what we wear but our knowledge and application. Enjoy nurses week.
  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Originally posted by BadBird
    If you don't have whites, don't worry just don't wear them. Being a professional is not in what we wear but our knowledge and application. Enjoy nurses week.
    Excellent post. WHO SAYS only professional nurses wear whites? Many of us CANNOT (e.g. OR/OB) but believe me, we are professional. Wear your profession with pride in your daily performance and attitude. It will be noticed.
  8. by   moonshadeau
    Couldn't wear whites anyway...against dress code. White pants that is anyway. Agree that professionalism is inside of you and and how you choose to use your professionalism, not the color of scrubs.
  9. by   pickledpepperRN
    In the mid 90s we were "rightsized". 1/2 the licensed nurses were replaced with unlicensed people who had not chosen patient care and were frightened.
    During Nurses Week we RNs and LVNs wore white uniforms or scrubs if we had them, we ALL wore caps, bought the entire stock at the local uniform store. Some even wore a coffee filter on their head!
    The CEO and other management complimented us. I am sure they knew we were making a point. It gave us a chance to discuss licensure and nursing education with MDs, patients and family, and other workers.
    PS: The caps were not expensive.
  10. by   P_RN
    Pleated coffee filters make lovely caps. Haines makes lovely white T shirts and Bobbie Brooks makes some $9.99 pants that are very haute couture. Or you could take a sheet and make a long Florence style skirt to wear with your Haines. Bustle in the back is optional of course.
  11. by   SmilingBluEyes
    good grief.
  12. by   Desert Rat
    :hatparty: Thanks for the ideas. I like the sheet idea, and wouldn't even have to put out the money. Somewhere I ran across a site on how to tie a sarong 200 ways. The coffee filters are great too. Another thing that works well is toilet seat covers. One rare slow day we did make them for everyone to wear--of course admin knew we were overstaffed that day.
  13. by   Rapheal
    All white? Not by the end of the day. lol

    How about wearing big happy grins for the entire week? Management will be wondering what you guys are up to. lol

    Forgive me - I am silly today.

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