Dress Code

  1. Should there be a dress code? Is there such a thing as too casual in the nursing profession? What are the lines indicating what is and is not appropriate?
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   sharann
    There has to be some guidelines, but they should reflect current standards. For example, in our hospital I recently saw a nurse, an RN, wearing mens pajama bottoms and a Disney t-shirt (Hanes type, no collar). With hightop sneakers. Real professional hmmm?
    I think any uniform for nursing that doesn't have pictures of dead bodies or skulls and such should be o.k. If the uniform would scare your mom, keep it at home. Just my opinion.
  4. by   RNforLongTime
    At my hospital, we are permitted to wear any type of scrub uniform that we please. Any color, any style--pretty much. I really enjoy the different scrub jackets that are availabel today. The patients seem to like them as well. There was a nurse that I worked with who would wear things that weren't very appropriate. Tight t-shirts that fell just to her waist line. She would pair these with scrub pants--the drawstring type. The head nurse let her get away with this because (I think) she had recently lost her mother to liver failure. Plus she was dating the top ortho doc at the time. Even so, her unifroms weren't very appropriate. She no longer works with us. She left for a better less stress job.

    Also our hospital is going to re-write the dress code to ban artificial nails. This is a good thing as they do harbor micro organisms. I had to take mine off. So maybe by the time my brother gets married in October, my nails will look half way decent again.
  5. by   joyflnoyz
    At the SNF where I work, nurses can wear any "professional" looking top..any color, pattern, but must wear white pants and white shoes. I'd like to be able to wear dark pants..but can't.
    I usually have a bright pattern scrub top that buttons/snaps and use that as a jacket (I don't like long sleeves!) over a colorful Tee that coordinates. So far no complaints from the DON!
  6. by   semstr
    We get our dresses from the hospital and are only allowed to wear those.
    We either have dresses, blue-white-stripe or white trousers with blue-white-striped tops. These are all cotton, very good material, a lot of pockets in there and the best is: they are washed at the hospital!!
    The dresses I mentioned are for the RN's.

    Take care, Renee
  7. by   NicuGal
    All RN's except for adult ICU, OR and OB wear white pants and what ever scrub top or jacket. No t-shirts with decals, unless it is a designated "sport cheer" day. No visible tatoos, no nose rings, eyebrow rings, any rings except in your ears. Jewelry is also limited to 2 rings, small earrings, a watch and one bracelet. White shoes, can be nursing or tennies. Hose or socks at all times...no bare legs or feet.

    And the managers and supervisors do stick to this!

    We are professionals and should act like it!

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Dress Code