Just a uniform question

  1. This question is rather inane, but unfortunately, I'm too curious for my own good

    I'm a CNA at present, but next May I will be starting a 3-semester LPN program next May. I've always worn a white dress (tried scrubs, didn't like how they felt, and can't really find non-white dresses in the US).

    Would I get laughed out of town for wearing a dress and cap, especially because I'm definitely not an older nurse (being 18 at present, and not quite 20 when I'll graduate)?
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  3. by   Hoozdo
    Quote from SaraO'Hara
    This question is rather inane, but unfortunately, I'm too curious for my own good

    I'm a CNA at present, but next May I will be starting a 3-semester LPN program next May. I've always worn a white dress (tried scrubs, didn't like how they felt, and can't really find non-white dresses in the US).

    Would I get laughed out of town for wearing a dress and cap, especially because I'm definitely not an older nurse (being 18 at present, and not quite 20 when I'll graduate)?
    I think the LPN program will tell you what to wear and you won't have a choice in the matter.
  4. by   paccookie
    Quote from SaraO'Hara
    This question is rather inane, but unfortunately, I'm too curious for my own good

    I'm a CNA at present, but next May I will be starting a 3-semester LPN program next May. I've always worn a white dress (tried scrubs, didn't like how they felt, and can't really find non-white dresses in the US).

    Would I get laughed out of town for wearing a dress and cap, especially because I'm definitely not an older nurse (being 18 at present, and not quite 20 when I'll graduate)?
    There were a couple of LPN students wearing the dresses instead of pants when they did their clinicals. I think those particular student did so for religious reasons, but I never asked so I don't know for sure. I doubt you'd be laughed at! If you're comfortable and competent at your job, why would anyone worry about what you wore? Good luck in school!

    CG
  5. by   Bethy-lynn
    Most programs have a very specifc uniform tha tyou will need. I do agree that the dress is more comfortable, but it wasn't as practical once I got started (too much bending over, bending down, climbing to reach for things to be modest). good luck!
  6. by   puggymae
    Every nursing program that I have ever had any contact with allowed students a choice of a dress or pants. Nobody will care - they will be too busy doing their work and you will be too busy doing yours!
  7. by   snortzmom
    I agree with the previous post. Usually the school will tell you that you need to wear scrubs of a certain color with a logo or something.. I didn't have a choice. If you don't get a uniform, then I would at least leave the cap at home for the 1st day until you see what the group reaction is to the dress. Not like it matters what other people think but Cali kids can be cruel and you will be in this program for a few years.. Good luck!
  8. by   SaraO'Hara
    I should have been more clear - my question concerns what I'd like to wear after graduation I already know that the program proper requires white scrubs or a white dress, and I don't think wearing a cap while still a student would be quite right. The only reactions I've had so far to my dresses are people mistaking me (once or twice) for the station nurse, and several people wondering if I'm a Pentecostal or Jehovah's Witness (I'm not).

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