Hilton Head Hospital uniforms - page 2

The State | 12/05/2006 | Hospital turning back clock a bit on nurses’ uniforms JAY KARR/THE (HILTON HEAD) ISLAND PACKET I'm so relieved to see that this made the front page of the Metro... Read More

  1. by   GardenDove
    I think they have a ton of nerve to make the nurses buy new uniforms. Where I work, in OB they require a standardized uniform. I think it's for safety, so the moms know who the staff are, and also to have them washed on site. The hospital provides all the scubs. When I float to OB I change into them.

    I would be upset at having to buy a bunch of new scrubs.
  2. by   JoeyDog
    I am not a nurse yet but I think this is a really dumb idea! Here is my suggestion, rather than color coding the departments why not institute a mandate that says ONLY nurses, CNA's, RT's ect can wear scrubs.

    At the hospitals I worked at everyone wore scrubs. The unit secretaries, houskeepers, laundry aides, central services, ect. I am a CNA and when I became a unit secretary I stopped wearing my scrubs b/c I felt silly sitting at a desk answersing phones and transcribing orders in my scrubs/birkies. I had absolutely no pt contact as a US and saw no need to wear my scrubs. Furthermore I do not understand why housekeepers, laundry aides, ect feel like they need to wear scrubs. They provide no direct patient care.

    Color coding departments will only alert other staff to the department you work in. The patients will not know what color tops go with what department/profession unless they are given a color coded key to carry with them. Rather than forcing the nurses to buy scrubs why not have uniforms for the staff that do not provide direct patient care? My aunt was a houskeeper at a hospital and they had a uniform that was provided to them by the hospital. It was khaki pants with a yellow polo top with the department (envirnomental services) in the top left corner. If the hospitals did something like that I think it would be more beneficial to the patients. The patients would then see that only those people who wear scrubs are liscenced (sp) to provide care.

    To me that seems like a wiser route. Okay I'm done.
  3. by   meownsmile
    My hospital has been down this road,, it doesnt work. I think we did this for a couple years and now everyone is back to whatever they want. This too will pass.
    On a personal note, i do like white pants because they go with any top i want to wear that day. When you start mixing and matching and the colors arent the same and i dont like the way 2 different hues of blue or whatever look mismatched because they came from a different company or dye lot. Doesnt happen if you wear white pants.
  4. by   miko014
    When I was a UC, I was also a tech, and just because I was on the desk that day doesn't mean that I wouldn't be helping with baths, etc. So as a secretary, I still worse scrubs. Some of the ones who are just UCs and CAN'T have (physical) pt contact (not trained for that) can wear street clothes as long as they look professional.

    I have worked in a hospital setting for 5 years, and I have never once heard anyone complain about RN scrubs. First, I introduce myself when I go into a room, I write my name next to the giant "RN" on the dry erase board, and I wear a giant yellow name tage behind my badge that says "RN". I think that's enough. Second, I get so many compliments on my scrubs. Pts are always saying they look cheerful, or the color is "so beautiful", etc. I think it would be boring if we were all the same. If they go back to white, I'm leaving nursing. I am so clumsy! Everything I own that is white has at least one stain on it...I think that would look worse than wearing a SpongeBob top!

    My unit is slightly liberal as far as what we wear...navy, royal blue, or white pants with any top that matches. They get on us if we try to wear green or pink or purple pants. Actually, there is a rule: absolutely NO GREEN, I have no idea why. We are also not allowed to wear hospital-provided scrubs unless we have to because ours got "dirty"...and in order to get those, you have to sign over the lease on yuour car. And those uniform rule apply to all staff for our floor (techs, UCs, RNs).
    Last edit by miko014 on Dec 6, '06
  5. by   Christie RN2006
    The hospital I work at is switching to the department color uniforms. RNs have to wear either white or ceil blue and LPNs have to wear purple. I personally wish that we could wear whatever we wanted! It is really hard to find scrubs that are cute in those colors...
  6. by   blueyesue
    Quote from miko014
    SpongeBob top!
    They get on us if we try to wear green or pink or purple pants. Actually, there is a absolutely NO GREEN rule, I have no idea why.
    At my local hospital, the RN's can choose what to wear. I saw one wearing an all green jumper and crocs. I actually liked it.
  7. by   SharonH, RN
    Any move to make nurses appear to be the professionals they are supposed to be is a good thing. I think brightly colored and cartoon scrubs are an unprofessional distraction. This is a good idea!
  8. by   blueyesue
    brightly colored scrubs do just that; they brighten up a sterile environment. i believe that colors can positively effect both adults and children's moods. i don't want to live or work in a world where there is no color. :spin: it is bringing in a little cheerfulness to someones bad day. it could also lessen someones fear and anxiety.
  9. by   SharonH, RN
    Quote from ejm
    brightly colored scrubs do just that; they brighten up a sterile environment. i believe that colors can positively effect both adults and children's moods. i don't want to live or work in a world where there is no color. :spin: it is bringing in a little cheerfulness to someones bad day. it could also lessen someones fear and anxiety.

    i wonder if there is any hard evidence to support either of our viewpoints ie

    a)cartooney scrubs affect our professional image negatively or

    b)they cheer up the patients and brighten their day.


    natch, we can both present anecdotal evidence to support our opinions., but it would be interesting to find out one way or another. :spin:
  10. by   CarVsTree
    physical therapy nurses will don dark teal.
    What the heck is a physical therapy nurse?

    I don't care what I wear to work. As long as they continue to increase my pay and respect my opinion.
  11. by   SCRN1
    I live in SC too, in Columbia. We were just informed yesterday that we have 3 months before our new dress code will be mandatory. RNs and LPNs will have to wear all white or all ceil blue. No prints. The shoes must be white. Clogs are acceptable, but must have a strap that goes around the heel. This is not only so that patients can differentiate who is a nurse and who isn't, but also so that we will look professional. Hmmmm...I wonder how professional it'll look when someone wears a red thong under their white pants? LOL! (I have heard of that happening several times.)

    I do not like the idea of being told what to wear UNLESS they want to pay for it. Most people I've talked to who have been patients or visitors like the different colors and patterns better than solids and all one color.

    I also agree with what others have said in comparing other places, like banks or schools, should have their staff wearing certain colors so we can tell who's who.
  12. by   Victoriakem
    One middle school in Virginia had the teachers all wear the same color polo shirt & black pants or skirt to be able to find them in case of an emergency.
    Hospitals should provide at least one nursing uniform, esp. if only one kind is acceptable or give some $$ towards uniforms.
    I take my uniform costs out of my tax deductions, along with nursing journals & equipment. Something to remember when doing the taxes next year.:smilecoffeecup:
  13. by   jjjoy
    I agree with having some kind of more standard dress code for nurses in most hospital settings (I'm not saying in all cases).

    I think it IS useful for other staff to be able to identify each other quickly by dress. There are just a lot of people coming and going on the average hospital floor. If you're looking for a nurse or US or RT, you can quickly scan to see who's there, even if their back is facing you.

    Of course, many patients and visitors would still ask the wrong person to take care of this or that, but many would also appreciate being able to quickly tell that their nurse is in the room by what he/she's wearing, especially since patients may not have their glasses and the staff changes every shift. If you don't think most patients will remember something as simple as "the nurses are the ones in the blue tops and white pants," do you expect them to remember that who their nurse is after an introduction at the beginning of shift?

    I do think the cute prints add an element of fun and liveliness in an otherwise sterile, impersonal environment. However, I think it's more important that hospital staff be more easily recognizable to each other and to patients. Given the acuity of hospital patients, most aren't in a position to appreciate the lively prints. Certainly many patients and visitors DO appreciate them. And many patients and visitors would also appreciate having a quick way to identify who are the nurses. You've got to be pretty close to someone to read their name badge. I do like the idea of the RN patches that big and easier to see than a name badge.

    While maybe it shouldn't matter, appearance does factor in to first impressions. Imagine going in to two fast food places. In one the clerks all have wrinkled polo shirts of various makes and baggy wrinkled pants. In the other, they have matching, ironed polos and well-fitting (not tight) pants. Given that you have no other info to go on yet, which one do you think is probably better run? It's true it could be that the first one IS better run. But chances are that the second one is. Patients don't have much to base their opinion of nurses on - TV shows, books and maybe a quick 3 day hospital stay. To the lay public, I'd imagine that health care workers in scrubs look a bit like the polo shirt wearing clerks in customer service jobs.

    Just some thoughts on the issue. : )

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