Admin and scrubs

  1. Hello!

    What are your opinions on front desk employees who work at doctors offices wearing scrubs and why?
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  2. 19 Comments

  3. by   MomNRN
    It doesn't matter to me who wears what. They could be sitting there naked for all I care.

    I just want to work with people who do their job effectively - clothing is optional!
  4. by   SuesquatchRN
    I don't really care. It does, however, make sense to have something easy to launder daily when one deals with sick people a lot.
  5. by   lauralassie
    Doesn't matter to me as long as they are not saying they are a nurse when they are ma's etc. I can see why a Dr. wants them to wear screbs, most of the time it makes the office appear more professional.
  6. by   SCRN1
    Some of them give me the impression they're "nurse wannabes". They're the same ones who go out everywhere after work, still dressed in scrubs like they're wanting people to think they're nurses because they also like to give out free medical advice (not always good advice either). If they were taking care of patients and could ruin good clothes, that would be understandable. But in various offices I've been in, that is not the case.

    Does all this bother me? Not really. I laugh at it!:roll
  7. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Might not make me popular, but i feel that anyone who's not involved in hands-on pt. care shouldn't be in scrubs in the healthcare setting.
  8. by   RNsRWe
    I often see the receptionists in medical offices wearing scrubs, and it actually irritates me a bit. Makes the pts think that the person who is taking phone calls at the desk for appointments and taking their insurance cards for payment is actually a nurse.....which wouldn't be a problem if that office worker didn't then give medical opinions and advice to that confused person standing in front of them. :uhoh21:

    They frequently repeat the information that they've heard the nurses give, when they are no position to know if that information is appropriate in that situation. But the pt doesn't know that, and believes they've just talked to "the nurse"
  9. by   luvmy3kids
    I am a volunteer at a hospital where I had all 3 of my babies at. At the time... I couldn't tell the difference between a HUC or a NA, or an RN or an LPN. They were all wearing scrubs and I just "assumed" they were all nurses.

    Now that I'm there more often and I've gotten to notice more.. I can tell the difference....

    My thought is that they should require the people who are not nurses, to wear a specific color throughout the hospital so at least you could distinguish who is who. HUC's wear a specific color, NA's wear a specific color, etc....

    Even though I'm there quite a bit... there are still times when I see someone from housekeeping wearing scrubs and I'm not sure if they are a nurse or not.... (understandable why they wear scrubs, but I think it should be color coated... ) at least for us to tell the difference.
  10. by   samaletta
    Yes I agree with color coding. The hospital where i work is in the process of doing just that. I can remember last semester I walked into a patients room and the housekeeping lady was giving medical advice to a patient. I thought I was going to be sick. It can be very confusing for patients to see so many people in scrubs, and it's easy for them to assume they are all nurses.
  11. by   ann945n
    I am all for color coding or better yet just put nurses is a specific outfit only nurses wear, something more then a name badge to tell us apart.
  12. by   Cattitude
    Quote from scrn1
    some of them give me the impression they're "nurse wannabes". they're the same ones who go out everywhere after work, still dressed in scrubs like they're wanting people to think they're nurses because they also like to give out free medical advice (not always good advice either). if they were taking care of patients and could ruin good clothes, that would be understandable. but in various offices i've been in, that is not the case.



    does all this bother me? not really. i laugh at it!:roll

    can't stand it. i see them at the bank, the gas station, supermarket.

    Quote from marie_lpn
    might not make me popular, but i feel that anyone who's not involved in hands-on pt. care shouldn't be in scrubs in the healthcare setting.
    Quote from rnsrwe
    i often see the receptionists in medical offices wearing scrubs, and it actually irritates me a bit. makes the pts think that the person who is taking phone calls at the desk for appointments and taking their insurance cards for payment is actually a nurse.....which wouldn't be a problem if that office worker didn't then give medical opinions and advice to that confused person standing in front of them. :uhoh21:

    they frequently repeat the information that they've heard the nurses give, when they are no position to know if that information is appropriate in that situation. but the pt doesn't know that, and believes they've just talked to "the nurse"
    i was a unit clerk before an rn. we were not allowed to wear scrubs but had to wear proper office attire with a colored long lab coat. fine by me. i didn't think it was appropriate for unit clerks to wear scrubs anyway. it does confuse pt's. i see office personnel everywhere now in scrubs. i lnow theyr'e not nurses but i'm sure the majority of pt's don't :stone .
  13. by   Jules A
    I think the color coding is a good idea. Other than that I really don't give a rip what they wear.
  14. by   Julie_Bean
    It bothers me some as well. I'd rather see the office personel or secretarys in business casual dress and have the techs/cna/ma in a designated color as well.
    Where I work even house keeping gets to wear scrubs. WHen I first started there they had a housekeeping like uniform. That was MUCH better!

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