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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. Any opinions on favorite color choices from the mentioned list?
Color coding staff can only work if ALL visitors/patients understood the color coding and job duties of each classification of staff member.
It was my experience in the hospital that when a visitor pops into the hallway looking for the nurse just about ANY employee (even housekeeping) can respond by simply asking "what do you need?" and then calling the correct staff member to room.
Unless the hospital is going to spring for the uniforms and have their logo all over them, how can posting pics of the classifications offer any usable info for the pts/visitors? The logo would (until a bunch were stolen or otherwise acquired by "unwanted visitors (if ya know what I mean)" identify an individual as an employee.
When I worked post op trauma and chief service at a university hospital, the special care units all wore hospital supplied scrubs. When I was pulled to a "unit" I used my name tag to get scrubs out of a vending machine. If they weren't returned, you would be charged for them. While having a smoke break one day, I talked with a lady in the laundry. She said you wouldn't believe some of the junk that gets "returned" to the vending machine. Obviously that system didn't work either.
We might as well go back to starched white dresses, caps and old lady shoes! Yea, that's pretty much what we wore when I first got out of school. Pants were available at many of the uniform shops but my first hospital was a couple of years allowing them and then we still had to wear our cap. 30+ years sure has made some changes!