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 thought it would increase patient satisfaction because they would be able to tell what discipline is assisting them by just looking at the color of their scrubs.
The union is up in arms because we are letting the hospital decide what we wear and how do they reimburse us for all the scrubs we already own. The hospital did respond by giving each staff member a predetermined amount of money to use to buy scrubs based on hours worked.
What are some thoughts about changing to one color scrubs? Has it happened at your hospital? Was it well received or fought by the union?
I'm going to miss all my colors, patterns, and prints. I may have to go out and buy hot pink crocs!
A few years ago, the hospital where I work went the other direction. The color we nurses had to wear was getting harder to find. And research within the hospital showed that the patients either didn't remember the color scheme, didn't give a hoot, or both.
I'll tell you this much, staff morale went up with being allowed to wear what we wanted. It's similar to the idea that people who have to work in cubicles do better when they're allowed to decorate and personalize their little bit of space. There's enough regimentation to our jobs without taking away this small flicker of individuality.
Can the union take issue with this edict from on high? I wonder how the suits would feel if they had to dress identically.
Last edit by rn/writer on Feb 22, '12