Can nurses wear skirts? - page 7

Are female nurses allowed to wear skirts for religious beliefs? Have you ever seen anyone out there do that?... Read More

  1. by   Bridey
    I was going to attempt to point out how ridiculous I think the comments made by sweetface are without sounding like one of those "back-biting, jealous, sheman nurses in sloppy PJ scrubs" she described... however it's really not worth the wasted time.

    I really couldn't give a care about what the impression of me is considering I prefer scrub pants (which fit just fine thanks) to skirts, have tattoos and piercings and still manage to be VERY much a feminine woman, though I don't always have my hair perfectly styled by the end of a hectic shift. Feminine isn't how you look, it's how you ARE and being a feminist doesn't mean you're a man-hating-bra-burning-chip-on-your-shoulder having "Sheman".

    Implying that a nurses attire in some way determines his/her skill level is almost as ridiculous as defending sexual harrassment.
    Last edit by Bridey on Sep 5, '07
  2. by   doc2bmo
    I love skirts......I'm definitely feminine....and I'm pretty sure I'm even considered a "pretty nurse". However, I wouldn't dare wear a skirt to work (level 1 trauma/er) for the following reasons:

    1. Uniform guidelines dictate that I'd have to wear panty hose...and as fast as I run all day and as big as my thighs are, I'd surely catch my hoo-ha on fire.:flamesonb

    2. I think that my nurse manager/colleagues/HR/etc. might have a problem with said flaming hoo-ha being exposed as I'm climbing on top of a patient to deliver my famous, not-so-pretty chest compressions :bowingpurand keep their hiney on this side of the light!

    3.Sometimes, the only time I get to sit down is when I take 17 seconds to pee.....Having to contend with the aforementioned panty hose would increase my "pee-time" and therefore make me less efficient .

    So see, it's not about skirts vs. pants....it's simply a matter of job security, providing the most efficient patient care and a desire to stay out of our illustrious burn unit.:lol_hitti

    I'll save my skirts for AFTER work
  3. by   chaxanmom
    OMG doc you are hilarious! Catch your hoo-ha on fire?? :chuckle (I promise I wouldn't laugh if it really happened!)



    I'm Pentecostal and only wear skirts so yeah I wear scrub skirts. The only ones I've found are elastic waist and while I don't consider myself "fat" I'm a 12 with a belly so elastic anything is BAD NEWS!!! I've been wearing one with elastic waist and side cargo pockets. Brilliant. Nothing like adding to my width when I shove stuff in the pockets! Duhhhh! Anyway, I'm making some new ones tonight. Just cute straight skirts with a back split and one BACK pocket. Hopefully I won't look like a cow in these.
  4. by   loricatus
    Quote from IwannabeanRN!
    Are female nurses allowed to wear skirts for religious beliefs?

    Have you ever seen anyone out there do that?
    I have worked with 2 different nurses at two different hospitals that were of a certain Jewish sects that required that they wear no pants and had to wear scrub skirts/dresses at work. One of the nurses also had to keep her head covered. This was in NYC and they had specialty scrub shops where they could find their required uniforms that met the religious requirements.
  5. by   doc2bmo
    Chaxan....Thank you....lol. I hope no one misunderstands me; I totally understand the religious implications of skirts vs. pants for those women of faith who hold those beliefs. I'm in Alabama, and we have LOADS of pentecostal, holiness, mennonite (a few) and other faiths represented in our healthcare arena that tend to have more conservative standards regarding clothing for women. I fully respect someone who can wear a skirt and get their job done (and still look cute!), I just know myself well enough to know better! The Lord blessed me in many areas, but gracefulness is just not one of them....period!

    This was definitely a funny thread to read...hehe!!
  6. by   chaxanmom
    Quote from doc2bmo
    Chaxan....Thank you....lol. I hope no one misunderstands me; I totally understand the religious implications of skirts vs. pants for those women of faith who hold those beliefs. I'm in Alabama, and we have LOADS of pentecostal, holiness, mennonite (a few) and other faiths represented in our healthcare arena that tend to have more conservative standards regarding clothing for women. I fully respect someone who can wear a skirt and get their job done (and still look cute!), I just know myself well enough to know better! The Lord blessed me in many areas, but gracefulness is just not one of them....period!

    This was definitely a funny thread to read...hehe!!
    Oh no way was I offended. I was crackin' up! As someone who has experienced chafing a time or two...I can relate!!
  7. by   Satori77
    Wow, what an interesting thread. I always though scrub dresses/skirts were old-fashioned and not even allowd anymore. I have never seen a nurse wear one. I am not a nurse (yet), so I have only seen nurses in hospitals. But after reading some of these posts, I did some google searches...some very cute scrub dresses out there! I think they look comfy, and professional. There are also tons of cute scrub pants made just for women, and a woman's shape. I personally hate unisex scrubs. But that is because I am 5"1 and petite...I swim in even the extra small sizes. I like scrubs that fit nicely, but aren't sexy or tight. Professional, but feminine...and yes, I beleive you can look feminine in pants.

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