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Hello everyone! I am currently an Industrial Design student at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. My senior project is dealing with nursing scrubs. I am in the research phase and any information... Read More

  1. by   design_student
    Sounds like a lot of you have issues with the V-neck. I wonder if a simple zipper or button front could fix this? This way if you can personalize the top the way you like.

    Any suggestions?
  2. by   Still Riding
    I would love to add, NO ONE LIKES THE SIDE SLIT. you all knwo what i mean the ones with the draw artring at the side the goes down too far and you can see the underwear that everyone is wearing wehn they reach up to do somthing like ivs.

    I only get scrubs that have no such opening

    Sorry had to add, I don't mind the v neck, as long as it is not too low, I don't liek things touching my neck but that is just me. if the v neck is high enough then I don't flash the world my breasts.
    Last edit by Still Riding on Sep 30, '05
  3. by   design_student
    Besides the usual pen, highlighter, scissors, tape, phone/pager, and steth...is there anything else that you generally carry in either your
    -scrub top pockets?
    -pant pockets? or
    -hands when going from room to room?

    Thanks,
    design_student
  4. by   prmenrs
    I would reinforce the no scratchy tag request. When I retired from my "career" position 3 years ago, I had 30 scrub tops and a commensurate # of pants!!! I like scrubs! I had most holidays covered and a nice variety for the rest of the year. I got rid of a lot of them, but still had plenty for my current part-time casual job. I have a hard time resisting cute scrubs.
  5. by   goodknight
    I have something to say about small, short people.

    I am 5'2", petiete all over. I have so much trouble finding scrubs to fit. I usually end up in an XS top, which is too big and makes me look FAT, and is very uncomfortable due to the feeling of fabric billowing around me. For pants I always have to get XS and cut 4-5 inches off so that they don't drag on the ground. The pants are usually to big in the waist too, unless I get low rise which fit better.

    I know that there are plenty of people out there that are smaller (girl in Nursing School with me is probably 4'9", 80lbs or so) and I have no idea how they get scrubs to fit.

    Another grip. I hate the scrunchy looking elastic waist bands. They're so uncomfortable and scratchy. I got some of the new Cherokees that have a "boxer-type" waist, which are awesome. Much better than a drawstring or the old style elastic.

    Just my 2 cents
  6. by   mandrews
    [QUOTE=Wise Woman RN]I would like to see more scrub tops with button fronts for those of us who, for many reasons, have a hard time pulling the scrub tops over our heads...

    Not to mention I have had confused men grab the top and laugh when then practically strip you bare. I would like to see thicker material in a color other than white. Like NAVY BLUE. I need pockets and I am so tired of the same old boring v neck top. We have to wear a solid color but I would like more styles to choose from.
  7. by   mandrews
    Quote from design_student
    I am wondering on average how many scrubs each of you own. And on average how much do each cost.

    Thanks for your input,
    design_student
    I have about 7 tops and 7 pants. I never wear the white pants because my underwear shows thru when I bend over, even with the thick ones. My tops run about 13.00 and 16.00 on pants.
  8. by   TypicalFish
    so if you could design your own scrubs, what would you change?

    thank you for any feedback! i look forward to hearing from you!
    -justin[/quote]


    so if you could design your own scrubs, what would you change?

    thank you for any feedback! i look forward to hearing from you!
    -justin[/quote]


    i would like to have loops or elastic loops, instead of, or in addition to pockets. i would like loops to put bandage scissors, pens, etc in for easy access. i hate rummaging around in my pockets through all the things that i carry. right now, i put a roll of tape over a kelly clamp and then fasten the clamp to the edge of my scrub shirt, so i have easy access tape. some nurses i have seen then put their bandage scissors through one of the loops of the hemostat-but mine always fall out. and some kind of easy access, but out of the way and not over my neck stethscope holder.

    three quarter length sleeves would be nice too; alot of nurses where i work wear t-shirts with a cardigan or a scrub jacket-but i find scrub jackets too flappy and get in the way-i work in the icu.

    i would also like a heavier material type of scrub pants with either a bit of stretch or a looser cut for ease of movement. i used to wear army fatigues when i was a vet tech in the 80's-the heavy material held up to the repeated washings in hot water, etc. they were really heavy cotton, and very soft. cargo pockets, maybe, but divided up for small things like alcohol swabs, etc.
  9. by   TypicalFish
    Quote from design_student
    Besides the usual pen, highlighter, scissors, tape, phone/pager, and steth...is there anything else that you generally carry in either your
    -scrub top pockets?
    -pant pockets? or
    -hands when going from room to room?

    Thanks,
    design_student
    Some nurses use clipboards to document on, or take notes; some also carry a small notebook. I also carry a penlight for neuro checks, alcohol swab packets, tape. In our ICU many nurses have a pen bag, or fabric lunchbox (like a kid's) that they carry to their station that we keep extra pens, scissors, sometimes a PDA, breathmints/gum/lipbalm/lotion, notebook, drug book or mini notebook-anything to facilitate a 12 hour shift. Think also that many nurses carry multiple pens-different colors, sharpie markers, and highlighters. If I were you I would try and meet some nurses in person-and ask them to meet you in "Full Gear" so you can get a good visual of what we need....
  10. by   Katnip
    Fish, I was just about to remark on the personal stuff we carry around. Lipbalm, little hand lotion bottles, tissue during allergy season (hospital tissue is too thin and scratchy), calculators, mints/gum.

    PLUs all the other stuff.

    I've given up carrying most things and keep a bag under the nurse's station because there just isn't enough room. Most pockets are too small for trauma scissors, or the scissors pockets on some pants are too shallow and they fall out.
  11. by   MacNurse
    Quote from design_student
    Besides the usual pen, highlighter, scissors, tape, phone/pager, and steth...is there anything else that you generally carry in either your
    -scrub top pockets?
    -pant pockets? or
    -hands when going from room to room?

    Thanks,
    design_student
    I always carry at least two red caps, in case I need to cap off an IV.
    Alcohol/chlorohexidine swabs...
    Mini flashlight (more like a pen light)...
    My little cheat sheet of patient info....

    Plus what everyone else mentioned already....
  12. by   design_student
    Thanks again for the input. I didnt even think about the other things you might carry like tissues, and lip balm.

    -design_student
  13. by   Angie O'Plasty
    Quote from goodknight
    I have something to say about small, short people.

    I am 5'2", petiete all over. I have so much trouble finding scrubs to fit. I usually end up in an XS top, which is too big and makes me look FAT, and is very uncomfortable due to the feeling of fabric billowing around me. For pants I always have to get XS and cut 4-5 inches off so that they don't drag on the ground. The pants are usually to big in the waist too, unless I get low rise which fit better.

    I know that there are plenty of people out there that are smaller (girl in Nursing School with me is probably 4'9", 80lbs or so) and I have no idea how they get scrubs to fit.

    Another grip. I hate the scrunchy looking elastic waist bands. They're so uncomfortable and scratchy. I got some of the new Cherokees that have a "boxer-type" waist, which are awesome. Much better than a drawstring or the old style elastic.

    Just my 2 cents
    :yeahthat: And cargo pockets sound like a good idea, preferably ones that actually have the velcro flaps to close so things don't fall out. Look at EMT pants and see how those pockets are, for some ideas--they have the big cargo pockets and also skinny, open ones for trauma shears, penlight etc. Then of course something will have to be done with the waistband (perhaps drawstring along with elastic) so it can be made snug enough that the pants won't sag when one loads the pockets. Also, it would be nice to have specific women's styles that are a little more feminine and flattering but still practical (perhaps more fitted tops etc. but don't make the pants tight!). Someone's idea of making tops with collars might be a good one for making it look neater/more professional; however I'd have to see a picture since it could also come out just looking dorky. I agree with those who have said washability/durability/no ironing are important; also what about some sort of stain-repellent treatment?
    Last edit by Angie O'Plasty on Oct 14, '05

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