Nursing Uniform Policy - page 3

What if your employer decided that all RNs must wear navy scrubs? No white. No patterns. Just navy blue. LPNs must wear royal blue and all techs wear burgundy. What is your opinion?... Read More

  1. by   Someday-C.R.N.A.
    Quote from rustysflygirl
    What if your employer decided that all RNs must wear navy scrubs? No white. No patterns. Just navy blue. LPNs must wear royal blue and all techs wear burgundy. What is your opinion?

    Sounds good to me!

    Fancy embroidery? OK, but don't ask ME to pay for that! I could probably handle buying scrubs (If I had to), but I'm not customizing them for you. You pick the color - that is all. (And navy is fine by me)
  2. by   Floridaguy
    Quote from rustysflygirl
    What if your employer decided that all RNs must wear navy scrubs? No white. No patterns. Just navy blue. LPNs must wear royal blue and all techs wear burgundy. What is your opinion?

    A couple of years ago, our facility mandated that each department come up with a "dress code". One department went with navy and white for RN's, and others followed suit with their own combinations. Our dept. staff came up with: wear any color scrub, so long as you look professional. The mandate was for a "dress code" not a "uniform code", so we were OK. In concurrence with some earlier posts, most patients are sick and don't care or want to know about color coding schemes. When you meet a patient, you simply introduce who you are and what you do. In addition, our badges have our names in large clear lettering, while RN's are distinguished by a large, red "RN" after their name.

    My personal opinion of uniforms - when physicians, NP's, PA's, pharmacists, resp and rad techs, and all the other interdisciplinary members of the health care team wear color codes scrubs, then nurses should too. Until then, no way. (getting off the soapbox now).
  3. by   Namaste4All
    If they are buying great....Even if they don't pay for it, it's a tax deduction.

    Quote from rustysflygirl
    What if your employer decided that all RNs must wear navy scrubs? No white. No patterns. Just navy blue. LPNs must wear royal blue and all techs wear burgundy. What is your opinion?
  4. by   ADONLTC
    Quote from RN4NICU
    Now THAT would be a deal breaker. If told I had to wear a nursing cap, I would wear a white ballcap with RN embroidered in big black letters on the front. That is the closest I will ever come to wearing a "nursing cap". IMO the "angel from heaven" image is one of the biggest problems with the stupid thing. It feeds long-outdated stereotypes that need to die once and for all.
    I have to agree with this... as a male, I would look pretty stupid in my schools nursing cap.
  5. by   sjb2005
    Quote from cardiacRN2006
    Our hospital is like that. Nurses (RN and LPN) wear green, techs wear port, lab & radiology wear blue, etc... Our hospital logo is embroidered on the tops. They are provided to us for free, and I get 3 new pair every year on my anniversary. I think it's fine. We also get a matching jacket every year. We were angry for like a minute, and then we got over it. I mean, free scrubs!
    Free Scrubs...I'm all for it. Color makes no difference. Now...if they could just wash and iron them for me. That would be a great bonus.
  6. by   MargarLdg
    Quote from rustysflygirl
    What if your employer decided that all RNs must wear navy scrubs? No white. No patterns. Just navy blue. LPNs must wear royal blue and all techs wear burgundy. What is your opinion?
    We wear all white scrubs I hate it. But is our policy
  7. by   lcprnc
    I think there's a problem when patients (and even doctors and co-workers) can't tell the nurses apart from the housekeepers, lab techs, CNAs, etc. Having color-coded uniforms can help distinguish who the nurses are. So, I am for it!
  8. by   RN@34
    Quote from rustysflygirl
    What if your employer decided that all RNs must wear navy scrubs? No white. No patterns. Just navy blue. LPNs must wear royal blue and all techs wear burgundy. What is your opinion?
    ]I just quit job where we had to wear white or navy. No mixing of the colors. I agree that there are times when you must comply, but I also think that ADMINISTRATION should be concerned over real issues. An example would be adequate staff, more shift choices for moms and dads and maybe even making sure that the ones that are there to work are actually working. I was able to go buy some COLORFUL scrubs for my new job-LOVE IT! I do agree with a previous post about the cartoon scrubs, to me they are a little much when dealing with adult patients.
  9. by   RN_04
    My hospital has a uniform code. All nurses, techs, unit clerks, etc have a particular color scrub they must wear. This policy was in place before I started there, but I was told that staff had major input. I don't mind, but color coding really doesn't matter. Even though I introduce myself and we write our names on the board in each room, patients are still confused as to who is the nurse and who is the aide. I don't think they care what your position is when they want something. It's whoever happens to be close by at the time.
  10. by   dewp_63
    I work in an emergency department that recently went to a department specific uniform policy. Our team members wear navy blue scrubs - you may wear a white shirt under a navy lab jacket or a navy top under a white jacket. We can wear hospital t-shirts on Fridays. I like it, because it helps reinforce the "team effect". You don't join a bowling team, and say "I want to wear my own uniform" or get on a NFL team and say "well, I just don't feel like wearing that uniform". The navy colored theme is much more professional looking than some of the "scrubs" that some of the staff showed up in! :smackingf We don't have to wear a specific shoe (we can wear any color shoes we want), and most of us show our individuality in the funky socks we wear. The hospital recently addressed the issue of different color scrubs for different disciplines - but it got shot down, partially because we had just bought scrubs for OUR department! The current plan is to have color coded name tags for the different disciplines... guess the patient will have to have a decoder to find out who's who.....
  11. by   tonet0908
    The hospital I just started working at has a uniform policy that says that RN's should wear only ceil blue and white in any combination and only short white lab coats. I am complying I only bought those colors even though I have alot of other colors in my closet. I figure I will comply and not cause any trouble.

    Quote from rustysflygirl
    What if your employer decided that all RNs must wear navy scrubs? No white. No patterns. Just navy blue. LPNs must wear royal blue and all techs wear burgundy. What is your opinion?
  12. by   jsteine1
    Quote from lcprnc
    I think there's a problem when patients (and even doctors and co-workers) can't tell the nurses apart from the housekeepers, lab techs, CNAs, etc. Having color-coded uniforms can help distinguish who the nurses are. So, I am for it!

    I'm with you!
  13. by   jsteine1
    Quote from tonet0908
    The hospital I just started working at has a uniform policy that says that RN's should wear only ceil blue and white in any combination and only short white lab coats. I am complying I only bought those colors even though I have alot of other colors in my closet. I figure I will comply and not cause any trouble.


    All hospitals and other settings do "patient satisfaction surveys". One of the items that comes up time and time again is that the patients cannot tell who they are dealing with; the RN,the nutritionist, Respiratory, whatever. The predominant age group in hospitals today have memory of the RN dressed all in white. The only problem with these policies is that your employer is not communicating the "WHY" of these changes. If you know that patients experience distress if they cant identify who is who, most everyone would be ok with a dress code policy.

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