color coding staff - page 2

My facility wants to color code the RN/LPN's. Our choices are: black, green, navy blue, white (yuck), burgundy. Some nurses are angry. I really don't care...old private school uniform person here.... Read More

  1. by   June55Baby
    My vote would be Navy top and pants with White lab coat for RNs. Burgandy top and pants with White lab coat for LPNs. Green top and pants with White lab coat for CNA's.

    Navy and White looks very professional!
  2. by   veteranRN
    At our hospital, all nurses (RN and LPN) wear navy scrubs, techs wear teal, houskeeping purple, radiology black etc. Seems to work well here.
  3. by   Jen2
    Our hospital is color coded and we have a picture in each patient room with a picture of "The Nurse" in royal blue, and the "Nursing assistant" in teal blue. Other techs etc. all have their own color also and actually almost everyone complies.
  4. by   DCCCRN2Bn05
    I personally like the color coding idea. I work as a CNA in a nursing home (till I graduate next May as RN) When someone is looking for a certain staff member it's easier to say "If you need a nurse they are wearing the white pants." Than describing them. Nurses are the only ones allowed to wear white pants, CNA's wear Green, Activtiy wears purple, housekeeping is in navy.... It gets on my nerves when people don't wear their color it confuses staff and residents. As much as it's dreaded I look forward to getting to wear the "WHITES" of nursing (or some combination of that I earned it) . Alot of hospitals around here are moving toward that anyway.
  5. by   BittyBabyGrower
    Ack...don't pick white! We have to wear white pants and whatever tops! Our CSP's/aides where teal. Our ICU's are separated into colors so you know where they are from.
  6. by   mitchsmom
    I would probably pick navy w/ white coat
  7. by   mattsmom81
    Quote from mitchsmom
    I would probably pick navy w/ white coat
    This is what our facility chose and to be honest, the nurses are now easily recognizable and it looks good.
  8. by   nekhismom
    Personally, I don't like the color coded system. It only works IF EVERYBODY does it ALL OF THE TIME, which is rare. AT my current place, all RN"s wear white. EVERY FLOOR, unless the hospital provides them. Surgery and L&D are provided, since we need "clean" scrubs for the OR (or that's the theory, at least).

    The place I was at before, it was you could wear anything. I LOVED it. The hospital I precepted at in school, all RN's wore white pants, whatever tops. That was ok.
  9. by   rjflyn
    White in the ER- the hospital would be replacing my uniforms after every shift. Activated charcoal does not come out, and yes you can put a cover gown on but guess what it still get on it.


    Rj
  10. by   Jen2
    White in the ER- the hospital would be replacing my uniforms after every shift. Activated charcoal does not come out, and yes you can put a cover gown on but guess what it still get on it
    Oh No! I am working as a nurse Intern this summer in the E.R. of a Level 1 Trauma center and they told us that all interns must wer white no matter what dept. The worst part is that one of my fellow classmates is doing her internship in pediatrics and they told her she had to wear white also. I'll bet she'll have the kids running from her.
  11. by   hock1
    I just don't know what color to vote for. This color code thing is going to happen at my facility. I know I don't want white. I'll feel like the old fashioned good humor man. I'll probably vote for navy blue with white lab coat. Some of the 'old time' nurses are joking and saying we should wear orange jump suits. Some suggested maid outfits with wonder bras and jock cups. Change stinks but is sometimes necessary. However food for thought, I introduce myself all day long and still the patient doesn't have a clue who the nurse is. Lots are older and confused. As far as the people who are with it, it might be helpful to have a color code system chart in the room for doc, nurs, nurs aid, dietary, housekeeping, techs. They'll know who the heck they are talking to. My only fear is a total white uniform.
  12. by   LauraLou
    The hospital I work at has the following color system.

    Nurses - blue and/or white
    Peds nurses- teddy bear tops and blue or white pants
    CNA's - wine
    Respiratory - hunter green
    Physical therapy - purple
    Housekeeping- tan and green uniforms, not scrubs
    OR - hospital provides light blue scrubs

    Patients get a folder upon admission which includes a description of who wears what color.
  13. by   obeyacts2
    I think the color coding is a bad deal. It will be confusing when, as we know, not everyone will comply. I think the best idea would be have RNs wear white lab coats over their whatever color/print scrubs. Personally, I work in home ehalth and like the freedom to wear whatever print I want to work. I sew and making scrubs/uniforms lets me be creative. :chuckle

    Laura (heading to the fabric store to find some Spiderman fabric )

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