Nursing Uniform-Solved Here? - page 3
Hello everybody! I have been thinking about the nursing debates on uniforms for a couple of years, and I have an idea. I know everyone won't like it, but I think it is a compromise. I know it... Read More
Aug 17, '03I guess could work in areas where there are a lot of different health care professionals work and you can't decipher who is the nurse and other workers. Since I started sewing my own scrub tops I cringe at the thought of wearing the same thing over and over. I notice some hospitals have done it but it becomes expensive because they end up losing the. Each floor was a different color and before you know it scrubs were coming up missing and they stopped that all together.
Aug 31, '03Bump.
This thread was to me, serious. I know I used in describing---to clarrify, scrubs could be worn, we would just wear our colors.
So, a uniform means nothing to so many of you. I don't understand. You mean to tell me that when you see a police officer, military personel, a chef, that you don't give them the respect they deserve just b/c of the fact that they are wearing their professional uniform? What if that police officer were wearing jeans and a T shirt? Would you still use yes sir/mam, no sir/mam at first glance? Would you even know that they are police officers? Now, would you give the same level of respect to an inmate in his/her uniform b/c the are wearing orange scrubs? I doubt it!
I am not talking about the personal respect that you get from patients when they know who you are and what you do. Granted, that respect is earned as you nurse your patients.
I am talking about having patients and people KNOW what we do by wearing a universal uniform that clearly identifies us as nurses. Just as our whites and cap did many years ago.
Perhaps many of you are too young to remember when all nurses wore that attire. The little girl walking on the other side of the road beaming with respect, pulling on mama's coat, "look mommy, she's a nurse! I want to be like her someday!"
What does that little girl see today? Look mommy, she's wearing sponge bob! No reference to being a nurse b/c the little girl, her mother, and everyone else, has no idea if she is a nurse, a dental assistant, a maid, a cafeteria worker, etc.
In losing our uniform to others, we have lost all of our public identity.
Look at it from a psychological approach and a sociological approach. How can you disagree? Look at the whole picture, not just what is in your closet and what YOU like.
Can we not move beyond individual selves and up the hierarchy here?
Whites and caps are great, but will never again be brought back in whole as a nursing uniform. So that is why I am trying to suggest a more modern version with plenty of flexability to allow for individual tastes.
Flame at will, b/c I know you will. :-)