Do u feel RNs should be only nurse to wear certain colored uniforms?

  1. In hosp. where I used to work, RNs wore navy and white uniforms and LVNs wore any other colored uniforms. The same as CNA and other hosp. staff! I hated it. I feel that RNs and LVN/LPNs should wear a certain color or be distinquished in some way from other staff. I don't feel it should be RNs only. I went to school and worked hard also,
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  2. Poll: Do you feel RNs and LVNs should wear different colored uniforms?

    • No, they should be the same

      56.52% 13
    • Yes, but RNs & LVN/LPNs be different than rest of staff

      26.09% 6
    • Yes, RNs should wear all white

      0% 0
    • RNs & LVN/LPNs should wear all white, other staff with colored uniforms

      17.39% 4
    23 Votes
  3. 31 Comments

  4. by   leesonlpn
    absolutely not. I think all nurses should wear white, as I do, but I am a dusty old dinosaur. I wear my cap that shows what kind of nurse I am and where I trained. When I approach my patients in the morning I say "Hello mr mrs/dadada My name is linda Leeson, and I am your licensed practical nurse today. I am on shift until 3. On our floor, the RN has 5 patients to assess and the LPN has 5 patients to assess. Then we work as a team for the 10 patients.Lots of our patients think the kitchen and housekeeping staff are nurses. When I enter a room with my cap and white uniform, white pantyhose etc. there is no question to the patient who I am. They really appreciate it, dinsosaur or not.
  5. by   kewlnurse
    Hmm how can i put this? Under no circumstances whatsoever should I be told what to wear. I do not wear solid colored scrubs, everything has a pattern and the louder the better. The patients love it. I love it, the other staff loves it. We are all adults, we are all capable of making our own decisions as to what to wear. Making a group of professionals wear somthing so the patients can identify them is just another way for management to control you. It is up to the individual to identify him/herself to the patient as to what their position is. Suits should not be making these decisions.
  6. by   canoehead
    If I need to wear all white then admin will too.

    If they provide and launder the uniforms I would probably wear whatever was available.
  7. by   KC CHICK
    docs, rn's, techs, or aides, etc. all wear the same thing where i work...........or blue . :d

    i'm jealous of my mom, who happens to be in lpn training right now. she gets to wear turqouise.....i had to wear 'see through' white during my adn clinicals. yuck! had to make sure my 'undergarments' were a neutral tea or beige color. otherwise, all who saw you from behind would know exactly what you wore that day.
    Last edit by KC CHICK on Sep 8, '01
  8. by   tiger
    i'm with kewl all the way. i preferred wearing street clothes but even now in rehab they have changed us over to scrubs. at least we get to choose our own colors though. all whites s*ck. the newest thing on our unit was nurses will wear all white shoes(not all direct caregivers but just nurses) and then they changed it to all white tennis shoes or any color clogs. does that make any sense?????
  9. by   prmenrs
    I'm repeating myself, I know, but...

    THEY PAY, THEY PICK.

    I pay, I pick!

    As my son says, "And that's the bottom line!"
  10. by   night owl
    At my facility, the dress code is white pants, pastel tops and print jackets, but there aren't too many that adhere to it. They only make a big deal out of it when JACHO pops in for their little visits.
    So I'm with prmenrs, If they pay, they pic. Since they don't pay, I pick!
  11. by   RNforLongTime
    Well, I agree with the "they pay. they pick, I pay I pick" idea but a facility can require you to wear whatever they choose even if they don't pay for uniforms.

    I worked at a hospital in Erie Pa, that required the nurses to wear all white when I first started there in 1997, then in 1998 they allowed us to wear ciel blue, purple and burgundy/wine and of course white. All solid colors, no mix and match.

    Now I work at a small community hospital in northeast Ohio where I am allowed to wear whatever I choose in regards to scrubs except for denim scrubs. Boy it is nice to be able to wear all of the character tops that are available!

    Kelly
  12. by   NRSKarenRN
    We've given up our seperate identy by doing away with all white. We wore white for over 70 years, before central air, automatic washing machines and permanent press. INDIVIDUALISM is the cause of why we aren't together as a profession.
  13. by   michellelpn
    I truely think that the nursing staff should be different from the other dept of the hospital. Nothing is worse than trying to track down a nurse in a hurry while a patient in the hospital only to find out that the person you are talking to is the housekeeper and everyone is wearing the printed uniforms-- most of the time the name badges are either printed too small to read or flipped over so they can't be read. I am a nurse but I myself find this very frustrating. When starting a new job in a large hospital, it is also often hard to know who is an RN and who is an LPN. If you are working a pool position this further complicates knowing who is who from shift to shift. Can this be helped?
    Last edit by michellelpn on Sep 21, '01
  14. by   nur20
    Originally posted by leesonlpn
    absolutely not. I think all nurses should wear white, as I do, but I am a dusty old dinosaur. I wear my cap that shows what kind of nurse I am and where I trained. When I approach my patients in the morning I say "Hello mr mrs/dadada My name is linda Leeson, and I am your licensed practical nurse today. I am on shift until 3. On our floor, the RN has 5 patients to assess and the LPN has 5 patients to assess. Then we work as a team for the 10 patients.Lots of our patients think the kitchen and housekeeping staff are nurses. When I enter a room with my cap and white uniform, white pantyhose etc. there is no question to the patient who I am. They really appreciate it, dinsosaur or not.
    I feel that all nurses should wear the same colors or non-color and as for caps, i once was told by an instructor that it is not what's on your head, it's what's in it. Besides caps usually get in the way, get knocked around or knocked off.I feel they give a nurse an air of superiority or coldnes and detachment The type that would get upset if they received a stain on their uniform
  15. by   LoisJean
    I think all nurses should work naked....with, perhaps, our names and titles written on a piece of tape (paper preferred) which would be adhered to our chests, breasts, (or other various body parts for variation.)

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