No more fun scrubs - page 7

It was recently decided at my place of work that the staff is to change to all one color scrubs, for example, RN's are navy blue, PT is royal blue, LPN's are eggplant...and so on. The hospital... Read More

  1. Visit  outrunningzombies profile page
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    All the hospitals in my area do this. Every hospital gives the same reason--so people aren't confused--but I kinda fell in love with my hospital when I saw that every patient whiteboard has a a blue shirt and a purple shirt with RN and Tech next to them. Our patients can actually figure out who is who!! Every other hospital I've been at just assigned job positions colors and left it at that. I'm not so naive as to think that all the patients look at the board to figure out what's going on, but at least my hospital is trying.

    As for my opinion? I don't really have one. I learned very quickly that if I took a hospital job in my city, I'd be told what colors to wear. I'm happy with the color I can wear and it's a common color so if I were to pick up a PRN job, there is a decent chance I can wear the same scrubs. I think a uniform allowance is good of your hospital.
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  2. Visit  PMFB-RN profile page
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    Quote from grntea
    i believe that you can't complain that you aren't being taken seriously as a professional if you dress as if you're going to a middle school sleepover.
    *** good point. does anyone not consider physicians professionals? do physicians need to be told by their boss what color they need to wear? lawyers are professionals. nobody tells them they have to wear grey suits and can't wear blue suits.
    i tell my children what color to wear, but they are in elementary school. i consider it paternalistic in the extreme to be told what color i have to wear and i will accept such direction as soon as the physicians do.
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  3. Visit  Creamsoda profile page
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    I guess because I wear hospital blue, green and navy anyway, wouldnt bother me. I dont care for the prints anyway. You could always have cute warm up jackets, I would probably do that if it really bothered you
  4. Visit  aachavez profile page
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    Ok couple things... someone said something about the color of undergarments being mandated, I can understand that when everyone is wearing WHITE! lol Im in school, and of course we're in solid whites, but some of the girls still wear brightly colored underroos... just strikes me as tacky. But then again I was the one who laughed when they actually had to mandate in the dress code white or flesh undies, now i know why!!!

    I like the idea of color coding for staff reference. I dont think the patient's care, or can remember anyway. But for my own reference I like being able to tell who's who from other floors/depts. What would be kinda cool, is you have the option to wear coordinating prints as well. Lets say RN's wear royal blue, they can wear solid blue, or blue pants and a coordinating top. Everyone that cares would know that blue means RN, but you still get to personalize if you wish.
  5. Visit  RNperdiem profile page
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    About the doctors wearing what they want...
    The attendings set the dress code for the residents, and they certainly will have a chat with any resident in their service who is inappropriately dressed. Some attendings are stricter than others on appearances.
    My brother worked for 3 years under a "dress shirt and tie" attending, and the hospital didn't pay for anything.
    Appearances matter, not just for nurses.
  6. Visit  PMFB-RN profile page
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    Quote from RNperdiem
    About the doctors wearing what they want...
    The attendings set the dress code for the residents, and they certainly will have a chat with any resident in their service who is inappropriately dressed. Some attendings are stricter than others on appearances.
    My brother worked for 3 years under a "dress shirt and tie" attending, and the hospital didn't pay for anything.
    Appearances matter, not just for nurses.
    *** Certainly high standards are among the marks of a professional. What color shirt and tie did the attending order your brother to wear? I suspect that he didn't. I suspect that the attending made it clear that high standards were the expectation and trusted in your bothers abiliety to pick appropriate colors.
    Apparently nurses can't be trusted like professionals can and must be dictated to in the most basic manner.
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  7. Visit  kalevra profile page
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    as long as its not white
  8. Visit  Williss2 profile page
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    I personally prefer choosing my own scrubs. There are professional scrub sets out there that does not make you look like a clown. I have worked at places that you choose your own and mandated colors. My biggest thing with one colored scrubs is the fading. When you are washing the same things over and over, it requires you to purchase scrubs more often to avoid looking washed out. Also, when they need their pain meds or anything else, my patients have no issues knowing who their nurse is.
    Last edit by Williss2 on Feb 23, '12 : Reason: add more
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  9. Visit  anotherone profile page
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    When I wear prints, never flowers, disney characters or other nonsence, I sometimes get compliments from patients on my uniforms. When I wear solid colors I never do.
  10. Visit  anotherone profile page
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    Quote from PMFB-RN
    What color do physicians wear and are they color coded by specialiety or all physicians wear the same color?
    In teaching hospitals are they further subdivided by residency year what about fellows? Cross covering services? I am so confused. I was one of those firm bleievers in prints are unprofessional, I then realized that is the VERY tip, if at all of the iceburg in nursing/healthcare.
  11. Visit  psu_213 profile page
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    Quote from PMFB-RN
    *** Certainly high standards are among the marks of a professional. What color shirt and tie did the attending order your brother to wear? I suspect that he didn't. I suspect that the attending made it clear that high standards were the expectation and trusted in your bothers abiliety to pick appropriate colors.
    Apparently nurses can't be trusted like professionals can and must be dictated to in the most basic manner.
    In our ER the attending physicians are to wear black scrubes (not the best color choice, but oh well) and the residents wear dark green (what shade this is, I don't know--not an expert in such things ). Some attendings wear whatever color they want, but I have a feeling that may change if the more strictly enforce the dress code for the rest of the staff.
  12. Visit  psu_213 profile page
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    So after reading the responses on here the group seems pretty split as to whether of not 'color coding' scrubs by position is a good thing. In my mind, it does not really help pt's out all that much. Every hosptial is going to have different color codes and if the pt wants pain meds, a blanket, something to eat, etc. they are going to ask whomever the see first regardless if this is appropriate for their color code.

    I think it does help staff to have consistent scrub colors. I recently transported a pt who was on a dilt gtt to a floor. When I got to the room I was greeted by someone in the nurse colors. While assisting the pt into bed I updated him on the rate of the gtt, the BP and HR response, etc for about 5 minutes. He stood there and listened, nodded and said 'OK' at various points. At the end of my spiel, he said "well, let me go get the nurse." Not a big deal, but he could have saved me a bit of time by telling me sooner that he was not a nurse. Oh well.

    Another quick story about 'fun' tops...I once saw a male nurse on an adult unit (i.e., not peds, not OB) wearing a printed top with the pink panther all over it. It was totally ridiculous. If I was the pt and he walked it I'm not sure I would let him take care of me with that silliness. Print tops can be fine--the right top on the right person--but they can go very wrong very quickly.
  13. Visit  bagladyrn profile page
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    I will say that as a traveler the "designated" scrubs are a real pain: buy the scrubs for a 3 month contract then go on to the next hospital where they require yet another color, etc. I now have way too many scrubs in various combinations which will only be used if I go back to one of those hospitals.


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