Low rider pants on nurses - page 8

It's becoming a problem in many workplaces according to yesterday's Wall Street Journal: Low rider pants. I'm seeing some nurses wearing them, and they're steadily moving south of propriety in... Read More

  1. by   salvati08
    Originally posted by LPN2Be2004
    Please point out specifically where people implyed that those that wear the low-rise pants are the loud makeup, gum popping type.

    As for MIND MY OWN BUSINESS, when a pt. comments to another nurse about it, it is no longer just the pants-wearing nurse's business when the pt gets a view of way more than they cared to see. Paying attention to the pt's likes and dislikes IS part of the job, if that is something that makes them uncomfortable, then that IS a problem that needs addressed, but not something that everyone will wind up getting blasted for. AND that's a part OF ,my job, making sure the pt. is comfortable, I never need to be told to do it. Not everyone has that problem with showing more than appropriate, I am well aware of that, and i was not attacking an entire group of people that wears them because that would be hippocritical of me to do that when i wear them myself

    As for the picture you are referring to, i saw it. I was NOT gerneralizing about the pants, I said SOME are too low, not ALL. As for you think that what i've said the dumbest thing you have ever heard, well you know what they say about opinions.......
    This is not an arguing contest. You first attacked at what I posted so I was answering you back. I wasn't even entirely directing that to you. I was talking to evryone who has posted negative things about the pants.
    And as for minding your own business, I was defintely talking about everyone because that just really makes me mad that some women and one women even said that they hope they get banned! Just because it is somthing they don't like, it should be banned?
    and in my first post I WAS talking about the pants in the picture!
  2. by   zambezi
    Low Riders all the way. It drives me crazy to wear my pants up around my waist. Do I wear shirts that show my belly? No. Do my pants look unprofessional? No. Drawstring vs elastic, it doesn't matter, they are below the waist. Can anyone even tell that my pants are well below my waist? No, not even when I bend over. Low waisted pants are not a problem if worn with the traditional scrub top. They still look professional, neat, clean, etc. How one chooses to accessorize their low pants is the issue. My workplace would have some words to employees that where wearing short shirts and low pants. Hats are not allowed. As crissyb stated, as long as the body is appropriately covered, what difference does it make where the waistband is.
  3. by   ainz
    Susy K, and everyone else, for what it is worth

    What I would like to see are nurses, young and old, presenting themselves in a professional manner in dress, behavior, and speech. The details of the styles (flared legs, low riding pants, piercings whatever) are irrelevant to me. I was a teenager in the 70's, many of the styles then are back in style now. My wife is 16 years younger than me, she wears "all the latest" and it looks really good, so do our children.

    Working in the hospital is a place to focus on patient care. I am also surprised (well not really based on my experiences) that this thread has generated this much activity. I only wish we had this much enthusiasm about uniting and doing the things it will take to ensure survival and advance our profession.

    Younger nurses: you will be the ones taking care of the baby boomers and leading us in the future. Please take the time to learn what the issues are, learn about the environment you are working in, learn about the people who make the decisions that govern how you practice, and learn how to effectively communicate your ideas to these people. I have high hopes and high confidence that you will generate new ideas and new ways of doing things that will improve patient care and advance the profession of nursing.
  4. by   Mito
    Could you be more specific about which hospitals are doing this so I can check it out for myself just soley for research purposes you understand. If it seems like I am making fun of this issue its because I AM there are plenty of other things to worry about in nursing than the type of pants someone is wearing.

    Mito RN
  5. by   fireball
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    Originally posted by stldmbfan
    Well to answer you, yes people were implying that the type of women who wear these pants, are the loud makeup wearing, gum popping type.
    And if it does KILL you to work with these women you need to learn to mind your own buisiness and do YOUR job and not worry about other people.
    If you looked at the picture that someone posted earlier, do you think if she bent over you could in any way see her crack? That is honestly the dumbest thing I have ver heard. I don't think anyone intentionally wants to show off their crack. That is disgusting. If someone is, attack them specifically, not everyone wearing these pants.
    And last I am 5'2, so I somtimes have the problem with any pants that they are too long, but I don't let mine drag on the floor.
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    I actually work with a young nurse who fits this discription to a T!
    I want to scream, "Hey, Anna Nicole wants her clothes and make-up back!" For real, she is an Anna Nicole look-alike, ppl have mentioned this to her and she is insulted.

    And it reflects poorly on our hospital, our unit, our nurses and the nursing profession, AND that makes it my buisness.
  6. by   angelac1978
    Originally posted by stldmbfan
    Some people are going off track and talking about gum popping, loud makeup wearing, whore smelling women. THAT IS NOT what we are saying is okay in the workplace. Just becuase you like the low rise pants, DOES NOT mean you promote wearing loud makeup, etc.
    I really don't see what is getting everyone so worked up. I went back and read the post that you are referencing and the poster didn't say that those wearing the flare-legged pants were also the same that wore too much makeup, perfume, etc.

    Attire is only part of the whole person. Whether we like it or not, however, we are judged by our appearances in nursing. That is a fact. I don't like unprofessional images be they long, dagger-like finger nails, loud make-up, stinky perfume, etc. If low-rider pants ARE CLEAN AND NOT REVEALING as in the picture, I have no problem with it. There are worse things bringing down our nursing image---so I have changed my stance a bit on the pants. BUT it's part of the WHOLE PACKAGE....perfectly ironed-scrubs do NOT make up for the gum-popping,perfume-reeking, loud, outlandish makeup, loud-mouthing many nurses display. Never will. It's a whole package-deal. And we need a lot of cleaning up, frankly.
    really, she was saying that the profession has a lot more the worry about than low-riders/flare legged pants. Read the post again, I don't see anywhere where she said that wearing lowriders makes you a "gum popping, loud makeup wearing, whore smelling woman"

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  7. by   Scotty
    If it were compulsory to show my midriff at work I might have an incentive to lose 4 stone. :chuckle :chuckle :chuckle
  8. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Originally posted by stldmbfan
    This is not an arguing contest. You first attacked at what I posted so I was answering you back. I wasn't even entirely directing that to you. I was talking to evryone who has posted negative things about the pants.
    And as for minding your own business, I was defintely talking about everyone because that just really makes me mad that some women and one women even said that they hope they get banned! Just because it is somthing they don't like, it should be banned?
    and in my first post I WAS talking about the pants in the picture!
    You quoted my post. And I never attacked you. And it was never my intention for a contest on arguing. EOM.
  9. by   JMP
    Originally posted by Mito
    Could you be more specific about which hospitals are doing this so I can check it out for myself just soley for research purposes you understand. If it seems like I am making fun of this issue its because I AM there are plenty of other things to worry about in nursing than the type of pants someone is wearing.

    Mito RN
    True Mito there are other issues in nursing, however the issue of professionalism is paramount in my mind.

    I have experience in a critical care setting where a nurse wore low ridding pants and exposed her middle - belly button and all. She flaunted her sexuality in a way that was not professional. We have to deal with countless residents in our setting and it was clear from their comments and looks that they did not take her seriously.

    You may debate the issue regarding the importance of pants, but Mito what we wear is what gives others the first impression of ourselves to others. It is important. Professionalism is huge in my mind as a nursing issue. It is the basis for our practice.

    We need to promote professional behaviour. We talk alot about wanting to be treated as professionals, but the first step is the look like one and even more important ACT like one.

    My 2 cents.
  10. by   ainz
    Do you guys realize how many views and posts this thread has compared to others?

    Amazing, all of this talk about clothes, fashion, and what people look like, and the "cat-fights!!"

    Let's me know what most nurses think is important, where their priorities are. Perhaps I waste my time on this BB.

    The issue is professionalism, plain and simple. Professionalism is desperately needed by nursing, in appearance, behavior, knowledge, skill, communication, interpersonal relationships, inter-action with each other, and on and on. Professionalism is timeless, it knows no generations, fads, it does not come and go, it remains. Like a classic song that remains good over the years no matter what is popular.
  11. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Originally posted by ainz
    The issue is professionalism, plain and simple. Professionalism is desperately needed by nursing, in appearance, behavior, knowledge, skill, communication, interpersonal relationships, inter-action with each other, and on and on. Professionalism is timeless, it knows no generations, fads, it does not come and go, it remains. Like a classic song that remains good over the years no matter what is popular.

    Agreed
  12. by   iliel
    Originally posted by ainz

    Amazing, all of this talk about clothes, fashion, and what people look like, and the "cat-fights!!"

    Let's me know what most nurses think is important, where their priorities are. Perhaps I waste my time on this BB.

    Maybe sometimes we have to just talk, no more no less. Maybe this thread should be in the Break Room, either way, it's just to talk. .

    What is your purpose here? You say you waste your time, but you keep comming back to this thread. I'm not trying to flame, I just want to understand

    IMHO I don't think all this has anything to do with differing generations, it all comes down to good taste. The pants that started the thread are not bad, by any strech of the imagination. What is bad, is that some people are being allowed to run around work looking unprofessional. That is a problem with management.
    Simple guidelines should be no excessive skin, no excessive makeup and no perfume or colonge. Wear whatever you want when you're not at work!! When I'm at work I take out the nose ring, I pull my hair out of my face and I don't wear makeup. I have a strong feeling everyone here does pretty much the same thing. It's always one or two bad seeds that ruin it for everyone.
  13. by   salvati08
    Originally posted by LPN2Be2004
    I think the gerneral opinion's been no-show the middrift/skin and no cracked rear views.


    "Some people are going off track and talking about gum popping, loud makeup wearing, whore smelling women. THAT IS NOT what we are saying is okay in the workplace. Just becuase you like the low rise pants, DOES NOT mean you promote wearing loud makeup, etc. " No one SAID anyone thought it was ok for that in the workplace nor was it said that it promoted a sort of tackiness.

    "I mean honestly, IS IT SO BAD IT IS KILLING YOU? Does it really effect your work?" In a way it does if someone's (did not say ALL) low-rise pants are hanging too far below the equator. If ppl can see the crack of dawn, that's flat-out gross, and franky not something i'd really want to see as a pt. when my nurse is bent down emptying my Foley.



    Heck i like the semi-flare legged pants, that aren't the ones with the cuff dragging the floor. Of course THAT'S not really a problem with me, being 5'10" with 34 inch legs, my main leg problem is making sure i don't look like i'm ready for the flood.
    No actually you were the first to.

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