Medical Workers wearing scrubs to and from work, outside the Hospital, etc.. - page 6

New York Daily News Tuesday Oct. 17th 2006 -Barbara M. Simpson writes: "MEDICAL WORKERS NEED TO CHANGE I have bben wondering if there is now a rule that persons who work in the medical field,... Read More

  1. by   Nuenurse2461
    I want to coment on the wearing scrubs to work or in the public discussion. I live in Florida and all I see is women and men wearing scrubs everywhere. The nurses are not the only ones wearing scrubs now, a lot of different professions are now wearing scrubs. It has been very difficult to tell the difference between the cleaning staff and the nurse.Very confusing for patients I am sure.

  2. by   mixyplixy
    I have been a nurse in CA for 15 years and never even heard this was an issue! hospitals cant even give us a safe locker...this is ridiculous
  3. by   elizabeth321
    Hospitals are filthy places....but that being said it is more an issue of professionalism....IMHO

  4. by   smarter
    You should only wear the hospital scrubs at the hospital or where you work. Not in the public. The fancy scrubs would be OK because those are your work clothes. The hosp. scrubs are meant for your department-wear them only there. Thank You.
  5. by   rach_nc_03
    Quote from suemom2kay
    When my institution provides my scrubs and a place for me to change into/out of them, I'll be happy to comply. Until then, I'll wear them to work and to the grocery store, etc. And I'll try my best not to rub my germy self all over the strangers I meet there. :trout:
    I have this great mental picture of a nurse running up to me in the grocery store and rubbing against me like a cat! :chuckle
  6. by   sjt9721
    Quote from Mommy Nurse2b
    ...And yes I think most of our illnesses are from Walmart shopping carts! I keep intending to wipe the handle with a disinfecting wipe during shopping trips. I noticed last time I was in Kroger they provide a container of wipes and a bucket to toss your dirty wipe. I think Walmart should institute this policy!!
    Yeah, but all you get is a dry paper towel to dry your hands after the package of raw chicken breasts leaks all over your hands. My suggestion of having the wipes in the meat department fell on deaf ears!
  7. by   Maine Critical Care
    When I am in scrubs, I feel like everyone knows I am a nurse. Aside from the infection control issues, well covered here, I think what ever I do in scrubs reflects back on nursing in general. Therefore, I try never to wear scrubs if I am stopping for a bottle of wine. And I would never go out for a drink or to dinner while wearing them. No to say I have any energy for any of those things after 12 hours in the ICU.
  8. by   danissa
    :spin: Not trying to fling the proverbial cat amongst the pigeons guys, but is there really no where to change into a pair of jeans and a sweat-top after a shift? At our place we NEVER wear scrubs into work, ( would be in BIG trouble!) and after a shift I'm glad to get the sweaty things off! we may be luckier than most, having a secure place to change. There have been a couple of times however, after a nightshift where I admit I have gone home wearing my manky scrubs because i've got off late and am so tired! But i've only gone straight home, showered and fallen over! 99% of the time I'm glad to change though! wakes me up a wee bit for the half hour drive home!

    Have to add though, we take our own scrubs home to wash, (or we would never get them back, And I want mines soft and smelling nice!!)
    Last edit by danissa on Nov 7, '06
  9. by   bookwormom
    Not to beat a dead horse, but has anyone ever thought of the bacterial contamination on the inside of the coat or jacket you wear on your way home from work each day? When you put on your clean scrubs to go to work and wear the same old coat or jacket, you are contaminating your scrubs with days and days of old bacteria.
  10. by   Quailfeathers
    Interesting topic of discussion. I'm a student and the only advise received regarding scrubs was to get out of them and slip into something else before going into the house for an immediate shower. Our instructor also mentioned using some barrier on the seat of the car for the ride home. I can certainly understand what most of the nurses on line are saying about spreading bacteria etc. and will be thinking more about what I'm comfortable with doing and developing as a habit for myself.
  11. by   groverslisa
    Many hosp. do not have changing areas for the nurses. I know nursing homes do not. Anything anymore is contaimanted. Unless you are really doing the "dirty" work, hand washing should be the best way to prevent illness.
  12. by   ccgcheri
    I work in the operating room and amazingly they told us we can no longer wear the s crubs the hospital provides. We were told to purchase our uniforms. Some people change when they come to the hospital and before they leave, while others don't. I agree with you that it is very unsanitary. I think they were trying to cut cost. If there is something like a law or study done please let me know so, I can forward the information to my supervisor (s).:uhoh21:
  13. by   dream'n
    Ohhh, I feel so dirty now!:wink2: I certainly do remember back in my nursing school days, with the instructor telling us about touching nothing at home until we were safely showered and the scrubs were soaking in a soapy washing machine. Now, I sometimes can hardly flop my contaminated self down fast enough when I get home after work. Of course, it all depends on what area of the hospital you work in and what germs you have been exposed to, but people need to remember that we spent at least 8 hours in these clothes (right up against our bodies) and aren't dead from disease yet!