Does your hospital have an RN "uniform"?

  1. Hi everyone- I just learned that a local hospital went to a uniform for their RNs and that another one is planning that change in the future. So I wanted a current status from everyone: does your place of employment require a nursing 'uniform' or a specific color scrub? Are they planning any changes? Please describe what you are required to wear and the type of hospital you work at (private, county,VAMC, etc.) and the State you work in! Thanks!

    (Just a word of warning: please don't make others nuts by turning this into a discussion of whether you agree with RN uniforms or not- or if you like white for nurses...there are plenty of other threads on that and its a HOT topic :angryfire - don't want to re-visit that one, just really wanted to find out the current trending right now in each of our States!)
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  3. by   meownsmile
    The uniform situation has been tried at my facility every which way. Nothing has stuck. The facility doesnt want to pay for "uniform" scrubs anywhere but OR and OB so they just have to deal with whatever people want to wear.
    The patients dont usually care as long as their needs are met.
  4. by   dreamingofbeing
    I am in the St. Louis area and the hospital I just got hired on at requires us to wear white tops that are monogramed with the hospital logo and your title (although since I have not taken boards I don't put my title on yet) and navy blue pants. They also only allow us to wear white scrub jackets with the same stipulations as the tops. Luckily I can't stand wearing a jacket so I saved on that cost.
  5. by   tagamargos
    I work in Houston, TX. My hospital (private) requires nurses to wear royal blue scrubs, PT maroon, RT green...etc with or without the hospital monogram. Jackets with prints is a no-no.
    And yes, we pay for our own...
  6. by   Julie_Bean
    At my hospital only ICU has done this (thats where I work)
    I know of one other hospital that I had clinicals at where RNs were one color, techs another and housekeeping another. I liked it alot.
  7. by   SouthernLPN2RN
    The hospital I work at does. All RN's and LPN's are in white, CNA's and WS's are navy blue. All the other departments have a specific color also. I disliked it at first, especially since we buy our own, but now it makes sense. You can easily identify who you're talking to and what they are in the room for.
  8. by   SCRN1
    As of April 1st, all RNs and LPNs will be required to wear white or ceil blue. No prints. No one else is allowed to wear those colors. If anyone wears a color they aren't supposed to, they will be sent home without pay to change and come back. There are other rules set for nurses also like no dangling earrings, no earrings at all on males, leather shoes (may wear clogs but must have strap across the heel on), no acrylic nails, white socks, uniforms must be pressed and tailored if needed and repaired as needed, and more. Monograms are allowed...hospital logo only.

    No, they aren't paying for our uniforms either.
  9. by   Teacher2bCRNA
    in the hospitals where my mother and sister work, the uniforms (scrubs) are color coded by position.

    Quote from rebeccajeanrn
    hi everyone- i just learned that a local hospital went to a uniform for their rns and that another one is planning that change in the future. so i wanted a current status from everyone: does your place of employment require a nursing 'uniform' or a specific color scrub? are they planning any changes? please describe what you are required to wear and the type of hospital you work at (private, county,vamc, etc.) and the state you work in! thanks!

    (just a word of warning: please don't make others nuts by turning this into a discussion of whether you agree with rn uniforms or not- or if you like white for nurses...there are plenty of other threads on that and its a hot topic :angryfire - don't want to re-visit that one, just really wanted to find out the current trending right now in each of our states!)
  10. by   SteveNNP
    Where I work at a large nonprofit hospital, Peds wears red, Perinatal wears lavender, ER wears black, and the rest of the hospital RN/LPNs (except OR) wears teal blue. PCT's wear ceil, and everyone else wears whatever crazy print/color they want. Kind of pointless to me to have some staff wear a particular color to be esaily identifed, and others not having to.....
  11. by   sasparilla
    I work at a large county teaching hospital and each discipline wears a different color. RN's wear royal blue. It makes it easy to know who you are talking to though it gets boring wearing the same thing day in and day out. Sometimes I hanker for a little individuality.
  12. by   LilPeanut
    We wear scrubs by position. unit clerks wear purple, PCAs wear jade, Nurses wear Royal blue, NPs wear navy blue, RT wears ciel, those are the major colors I see.

    I'm at a large Children's hospital, so we just have to wear the colored pant and then a "kid friendly" scrub top.
  13. by   AuntieRN
    We color code by position also. RNs/LPNs wear a combination of white and wine or all white or all wine....CNAs/NTs wear a combo of white and carribean blue or all carribean blue...RT wears navy...Lab wears ceil blue....Clinical secretaries wear black pants and white on top...PACU wears purple...Yes we pay for our own uniforms...and it gets dull fast...but whatcha gonna do? One hospital in the area makes their nurses wear all white regardless of what area of the hospital they are in..the other one lets you wear what you want....oh yeah I am in SC...not for profit hospital
  14. by   JoeERTech
    My hospital uses color-coding by position as well:
    RN: Wine or White
    NA: Royal Blue or Khaki
    Pediatrics: Purple
    ER Techs: Hunter Green
    Orderlies: Navy
    Respiratory: A sort of pea-soup green

    Scrubs are supposed to be embroidered with first name and position.

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