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from nursing link: "nurses in one unit at the jfk medical center in atlantis, fl, have decided to wear the old-fashioned style nursing uniform for an eight-week trial to see how it would affect patient opinion of the care... Read More


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    Quote from Christine Cameron-Do
    Ugh..white dresses, pantihose and cap? No thanks! Might consider it if hubby and I were planning kinky sex though...

    Mind you, at our age we both look sexier in the dark, so what would be the point?

    **Snort**

    This post should have come with a screen protector.
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    After reading through the posts, it's obvious nobody wants old fashioned nursing uniforms back. It doesn't matter to me one way or the other. I'm adaptable.
    But, just looking at the picture in the article, those nurses looked more professional. The pts who were surveyed thought so too. I wouldn't mind being viewed that way.
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    Quote from imintrouble
    But, just looking at the picture in the article, those nurses looked more professional. The pts who were surveyed thought so too. I wouldn't mind being viewed that way.
    I've been told that I'm "highly professional" by patients and family members nearly as much as I've been mistaken as a physician, and I have never worn a lab coat.

    I don't think it's what I wear.
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    It's not what you wear, but it's part of it. Why do supreme court judges wear robes? Why do catholic priests wear collars? Why do nuns wear habits? Why do police officers wear uniforms? I could go on but you get the picture. What we wear definitely impacts what people think of us. Pt surveys indicate they prefer white uniforms. It automatically gives the nurse a favorable opinion with the pt.
    I'm not advocating for old fashioned uniforms! I'm not saying we won't get respect with scrubs. I am saying white uniforms and caps (shudder) are universal symbols of nursing, and are viewed with respect.
    Last edit by imintrouble on Aug 19, '10
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    Quote from imintrouble
    It's not what you wear, but it's part of it. Why do supreme court judges wear robes? Why do catholic priests wear collars? Why do nuns wear habits? Why do police officers wear uniforms? I could go on but you get the picture. What we wear definitely impacts what people think of us. Pt surveys indicate they prefer white uniforms. It automatically gives the nurse a favorable opinion with the pt.
    I'm not advocating for old fashioned uniforms! I'm not saying we won't get respect with scrubs. I am saying white uniforms and caps (shudder) are universal symbols of nursing, and are viewed with respect.

    I suspect you are in fact correct. There's no mistaking this look for anything other than seriously competent professionalism.

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    I'm fortunate that where I work has no such ideas-at least for now. The housekeeping staff is not in scrubs either just the aides and nurses, the docs always have on their lab coats embroidered with their names. The nurses have a huge sign on their badge designating them as either 'RN' or LVN' and it's very visible to all (unless maybe the badge is turned the wrong way which tends to happen sometimes).
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    I don't think anything in that picture says "competent." If anything it indicates date and lack of progressivism.

    The police officer uniform has changed over the years to keep up with the times. Let the nurse outfit do so as well.
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    My nursing school attire was whites (pants, if you chose) and I HATED it. I was constantly worried about my panty lines and whether or not my ...shall we say... "feminine protection" was going to hold up. I don't even buy white pants/shorts/capris/skirts as casual wear for that reason. I have small children and pets; I'd be stained up by 10AM. The same goes for the hospital -- the large majority of my patients are surgical and have all manner of tubes/drains/lines. That uniform would be toast not even 1/2way through my shift.

    I can't see it going over. There are better ways to garner respect and credibility than putting on a Nurse Rachet costume.

    I don't agree with the "traditional" argument either. There is past tradition, and there is modern tradition. The modern tradition is that nurses wear scrubs.
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    Quote from ImThatGuy
    I don't think anything in that picture says "competent." If anything it indicates date and lack of progressivism.
    Yes indeed a lack of "progressivism."

    But mostly, it's indicative of my age. The image is from the 1975 Jack Nicholson film "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."
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    Polarized. I would not have guessed that emotions would run so deep over what color pants one wears to work.
    SURVEYS indicate the public likes white uniforms. Patients like white uniforms.
    There is no debate.
    Granny thinks I look more professional in a white uniform.

    Is everybody in a bad mood today or what?
    Last edit by imintrouble on Aug 19, '10
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