Dress Code - page 3
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Once upon a time, the hospital at which I work provided all our scrubs. They paid, they picked! Then they decided it wasn't an infection control issue any longer, so we'd have to get our own. So, they gave us 5 sets of scrubs... Read More
- 0Feb 13, '01 by glcasOriginally posted by maikranz:
Of course, white stockings and "duty shoes" (Clinic 411s) with the
perky white cap always makes a fashion statement that can't be faulted.....
Hey! you forgot to starch the uniform, keep the hem below your knees and your hair above your collar. I assume your shoes are carefully polished and your white stockings are without runs.
Gosh, I'm feeling old.
- 1Feb 14, '01 by TKOLRNOur facility recently started this change too...The secretaries wore navy, nurses burgundy..In order to make if easier for the patients to know who's who,the nurses have a choice of 1)all navy, 2)navy bottoms, white top, 3)white bottoms, navy top or 4) all white.This should help, eh??..They are still figuring out what the sec. are going to wear..I don't know how the patients will figure that out if they couldn't before...I suggested name tags with your professional designation in letters sized so that the patient could read them....That got no response. Personally, I don't care...They keep payin' and I'll wear whatever they want...
- 0Feb 16, '01 by CandyRNCRegarding dress codes.....I work in LTC and about 6 months ago we changed from whites to colored and/or printed scrubs. We had been after our administrator for about a year to let us change but she always said:" Nurses wear white. As long as I am here that is what you will wear. Patients like to see nurses in white"> WELL, guess what..our CEO decided that if we were ever going to attract more help we would have to make some changes which included the dress code. I can't tell you what a difference it has made it morale and the patients love it!!! ( our DON, incidentally was in agreement with us from the beginning--she just couldn't convince the administrator)Everyone--patients and families-- have complimented us on how nice we look--everyone, that is but the administrator!! Talk about a sore loser!
- 0Feb 16, '01 by canoeheadA few years ago a pediatric hospital I worked at switched to all street clothes for staff, and got larger badges with readable designations. The kids were not as scared of us, and the parents loved it. I also noticed that parents felt freer to ask who we were, and what we were about to do-badge or no badge. Which led to other questions- that's a good thing.
We are professionals, and what other professionals are not qualified to dress appropriately for the job.
Here's a thought- if we need to have a color coded designation why not add large colored tab to the badge, changeable for floating staff, not too expensive, maybe with a black band for traditionalists. And every five years administration can change their minds about colors without cheezing off the whole staff.
- 0Feb 16, '01 by NanI have been reading w/interest the discussion. Absolutely, we are here for the patients. We are also the voice of our profession and a representative of our facility.
When your facility is long term care, pediatrics, etc. there are different priorities to patient needs [allaying fears, taking clinical feel out of environment etc]
When you work acute care, patients want to know you are professional, clinically competent, and concerned about them at all costs.
I need to play devil's advocate and suggest a patient does not care about your need to express your individuality, if you like kittens or flowers, if you look better in blue than teal.
We need to display a pride in being part of the healthcare team that is dedicated to giving the best care possible. If that means looking like a team unified to address patient problems, so be it! I would rather build team spirit and cooperation than stand on my soapbox alone.