Going Back To Wearing Whites and The Cap! - page 8

Yeppers......strongly thinking about it! There's a nurse on my unit who wears her starched white nursing dress, white stockings, white shoes, and her nursing cap every tiime she works. ... Read More

  1. by   jnette
    Originally posted by Ariko
    Uniforms are one of my favorite subjects.

    Now comes the more interesting question of what would the male nurses wear. Cheerfuldoer s comment that men wearing white look like cooks, just mean that she has had narrow exposure. See any Navy men in dress whites, and Navy women too for that matter, and it will change your views. Actually that is a good point. The Navy women I have seen dressed in white, with a white SKIRT AND CAP look fabulous. >>Sigh<<

    Cheers.
    Yes, Ariko, it was ME, not Cheerfuldoer's remark above.
    And no, I've not had narrow exposure, but quite the contrary. I've been around plenty of Navy Whites both male and female, believe me, and I agree that their uniforms look SHARP !
    Perhaps I'm being misunderstood here, when I say our guys looked like "cooks".

    It's not the COLOR, the "whites" itself I'm referring to as much as the "look" of the uniform or perhaps the material it was made of. I think that's more what I mean. I'm a big fan of white.. always have been. But the male medic uniform was made of.. cotton, perhaps?.. kind of a thin cotton, or whatever it was, it wasn't anywhere near the sharp, well made, well tailored uniforms of Navy Dress. The material just wasn't the same. And unless you had all kinds of insignia on it which comes with higher rank, the poor little Joe with just one stripe and a nametag working his butt off and getting his white "cottons" all wrinkly and dirty, just lent to the impression that he was pulling KP... I'm not cutting them down at ALL... just always tickled me. Now for the instructor, or the guys working in the clinics, radiology, immunizations, etc. who could keep their uniforms looking sharp through the day it was fine. Just wanted to clarify what I meant by all that.
  2. by   GPatty
    Renee~
    I know I'm WAY outnumbered here.....
    I'd love to see the caps and all white again! Looks professional and earns respect, in my book.
    But also~ clean, pressed uniforms (no matter the color) and neatly done hair also shows professionalism and pride in your chosen profession.
    Too many times have I seen nurses where I work come in looking like they've slept in their uniforms and/or not even matching at all! Hair a mess, and looking totally disheveled.
    That's sad, in my book.....
    If you wanna wear your cap....GO FOR IT!!!!
  3. by   Teshiee
    Never never in my life will I wear white. It is too much trouble to keep white. It just signifies uptightness to me. I am a dedicated nurse and I don't need a rigid uniform to validate my nursing!!!!! I swear if it ever came a day I would leave the profession!!!! That doesn't represent me at all.
  4. by   opalmRN
    [QUOTE][B] But, how many of you even think about wearing your cap and uniform on occasion?[B]


    And just think of the reaction of many of the patients! Many already are uncomfortable because they have ask someone in housekeeping to perform a nursing function. This was the case when my father was in the hospital a few years back and he was so confused as he thought only the "nurses" wore scrubs.

    I say when I get a hat, I just might be inclined to wear it. Say maybe start a national white uniform day just for the heck of it!

    C
  5. by   justjenn
    opalm


    What a marve idea.

    Justjenn
  6. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Originally posted by Julielpn
    Renee~
    I know I'm WAY outnumbered here.....
    I'd love to see the caps and all white again! Looks professional and earns respect, in my book.
    But also~ clean, pressed uniforms (no matter the color) and neatly done hair also shows professionalism and pride in your chosen profession.
    Too many times have I seen nurses where I work come in looking like they've slept in their uniforms and/or not even matching at all! Hair a mess, and looking totally disheveled.
    That's sad, in my book.....
    If you wanna wear your cap....GO FOR IT!!!!

    I agree!

    However, I am very pale, w/ pale bonde hair. I look totally washed-out in all white. I do wear colorful scrub tops, white pants, white clean and polished shoes w/ my hair up in a bun at work. Most of my scrub tops are custom made, and are prettier (IMHO) and made from bettter fabrics than most store-bought scrubs, but they're still scrubs.

    I got my carpets cleaned a couple months ago, and the carpet cleaners were wearing scrubs!
    On the PayPal home page, there is now a picture of their office staff, and guess what? They're wearing scrubs!

    Seems that scrubs have become an all-purpose generic uniform for just about everyone.

    I think a nursing uniform and cap look really sharp and professional, but I do understand how some feel this would be a step in the wrong direction for nurses.

    So, if everyone is wearing scrubs, and the cap and all whites is outdated, what could we wear to distinguish us as nurses?
  7. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    The caps would be a big tip off to the pts. that you are the nurse.

    Our housekeepers have to wear smocks that say "housekeeping" on the front and back. They also have only one style of uniform they can wear (light blue top with navy pants) and are not allowed to wear any sort of prints.

    No nurses are allowed to wear "O.R. green scrubs" to distinguish themselves from the doctors, and no lab coats either.

    And most of all, you must have your name badge that has your job title on it. If i were the pt. i wouldn't trust anyone without the badge and "telling" me they are the nurse. How would i know for sure?
  8. by   babs_rn
    Originally posted by justjenn
    If I am lucky enough to graduate school next year, I WILL be wearing white's, cap & yes, even cape. It was a dear friend of my Nana's. I have always been different & walk to my own beat, so it would not bother me.

    .

    justjenn
    Umm..I have a feeling your employer might have something to say about that. I can see that cape now while you're leaning over somebody pumping up and down on their chest or running down the hall with a stretcher. I'm sure the infection control nurse will just LOOOVE you! You'll shed that thing in a hurry, hon.
  9. by   dosamigos76
    I believe justjenn was referring to wearing the smock during her graduation ceremony as more of a symbolic gesture.
    Cheryl
  10. by   opalmRN
    Originally posted by babs_rn
    I'm sure the infection control nurse will just LOOOVE you!
    Oh I think if infection control wants something to jump up and down about then perhaps the issue of inappropriately long artificial nails should be at the top of their list!!

    C
  11. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Originally posted by opalm
    Oh I think if infection control wants something to jump up and down about then perhaps the issue of inappropriately long artificial nails should be at the top of their list!!

    C
    DEFINATELY!!! Last year, we did cultures from a nurse's artificial nails that had started "lifting" (where the part around the cuticle is no longer attached to the real nail). You wouldn't believe the germs!!
  12. by   babs_rn
    Originally posted by dosamigos76
    I believe justjenn was referring to wearing the smock during her graduation ceremony as more of a symbolic gesture.
    Cheryl
    Well, that makes more sense.
    Last edit by babs_rn on Aug 6, '03
  13. by   iluvsnoopy
    I am a new grad who was allowed to where whatever color or print I liked while training. I love the look of a white uniform, but unfortunately I am too ghastly pale to ever wear one and pull it off. I am soooo very glad we are not required to wear white anymore.
    How is this for interesting- one of my classmates and best friends has decided to wear all white and has purchased a cap and is wearing it. I think it looks totally ridiculous on her as the girl is 22 years old and did not graduate in the era of white and caps. My question is: Do you more seasoned nurses think it is admirable/insulting/ridiculous of her to do this???
    thanx.

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