I am a total believer in compression hose. 10 - 20 feels best to me. They make a big difference in how my legs feel after a long shift. Over the years I've purchased all different kinds: the white nursing hose, knee highs, socks. For the most support, obviously that award goes to the hose, but being someone who is constantly running around (read: HOT) those make me uncomfortable with a quickness. Tights make my scrub pants fit tighter, and that's not a good thing either.
The most supportive non-tights are a pair of navy ribbed trouser socks. I think they are these (no navy option at Marcus): http://www.marcusuniforms.com/Presti...cks-P3238.aspx
. In fact, I have them on right now! For the OP, I'm short too - 5'2" or so, and these aren't too long. The only drawback for me is that I usually have to wear a pair of socks over the foot as these are thin.
I also have these, but they aren't quite as supportive. They are a bit too long for me (http://www.marcusuniforms.com/Nurse-...ock-P4398.aspx
)- the tops come over my knee caps and I have to fold them over a bit.
Definitely call around and see what your local uniform store has in stock. I wish more nurses knew to wear these! They will save your legs!