I visited a family friend at a LTC facility and was shocked to find out that it was Casual Friday - every friday not just a one time thing. All the staff members were in street clothes - jeans and t-shirts (no lab coats or anything)- not corp. casual.
I have several problems with this.
In this day of superbugs and universal precautions, I can't see this being good from a infection control perspective. My work shoes barely make it in the door and my uniform
hits the wash before i hit the sheets at the end of the day.
Have we totally lost our professional identity? I am not saying that nurses should go back to starched whites and caps but a professional uniform that communicates who you are and what you do is not a bad idea, is it?
Security - If everyone is walking around in street clothes how do you seperate the visitors from the staff / who belongs and who doesn't?!
Does anyone else have a problem with this? More to the point - Does anyone out there support this practice?