nursing uniforms

  1. Can anyone explain why scrub patterns are so hideous? Big hearts, flowers.... maybe things I might dress a child in but certainly not myself.
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  3. by   USA987
    Never thought about it...but I guess those hideous prints kinda mask all the "creepy crawlies" that may land on your uniform during the course of your shift!

    Christine
  4. by   Repat
    You are so right! I remember when I was looking for maternity clothes in the not too distant past and thinking 'I am having a baby, not becoming one!'. Similar thoughts went through my head while looking for scrubs the other day.
  5. by   ceecel.dee
    We are to be portrayed as figures of innocence (angel motif, scooby-doo, charlie brown, stick people with nurses caps,etc) or fresh and clean (flowers, clouds) rather than humans with personality and taste!
  6. by   nurseratchett29
    You can now buy patterns and make your own scrubs. It takes absolutely no brain, little time, and you can pick your own patterns. I think the whole "cutesey"pattern is yet another way that they can try to keep us in our place. Doesn't work with me. I buy the most bizarre patterns I can. I even have one with cattle skulls on it. Boy do some people love that one.
  7. by   JeannieM
    Is there a "grim reaper" available anywhere??? :devil
  8. by   Mkue
    i saw a frog patterned scrub today. just can't picture myself wearing frogs.. maybe i'm just a monochromatic person.


  9. by   Nurse Ratched
    LMAO Jeannie - sicksicksick lol

    I prefer all whites. Old-fashioned - maybe. Impractical, possibly. Slimming, most assuredly not .
  10. by   adrienurse
    I wear frogs, daisies, chicks and turtles. It makes my residents happy. They (through the cataracts) just think I'm wearing a "pretty blouse". I do draw the line at some patterns, though. I also have a pet peeve against nurses who buy prints that really look like they were meant for dental assistants and vets. I do wish there was a more stylish selection, though. What the heck, we didn't become nurses for the fashion. I express myself in what I dress in after hours.
  11. by   NMAguiar
    Hey, wasn't it just a few years ago we had NO PATTERNS TO CHOOSE FROM!!!

    Yeah, it was a monochrome nursing world: all white, while we thought it was really cool to wear Carribean blue.

    I personally think there's still an issue of professionalism involved. I wouldn't wear any patterns that might offend or carry any negative connotations. Of course, since I'm a guy, most of the "big hearts" and "cute animals" just aren't right for me anyway. :chuckle :chuckle :chuckle
    Last edit by NMAguiar on Jul 30, '02
  12. by   NMAguiar
    I think the whole "cutesey"pattern is yet another way that they can try to keep us in our place.
    Hey Ratchett29, are you serious?

    Social engineering through selective weaving -- sounds a little far fetched to me. I doubt administrative types are smart enough to make that work!
    Last edit by NMAguiar on Jul 30, '02
  13. by   st4304
    Last year, a fellow (female) co-worker wore scrubs that were camoflage(sp) with an orange t-shirt underneath. She was told by our director that she could not wear those scrubs to work again, even though no one had complained.

    I had to agree somewhat with that just because they really did not look very professional and I am not sure how some of our confused patients might have taken them. (Duck, Ethel! There sending in the troops!)

    There is another young nurse who wears short t-shirts with her scrub bottoms roled down to her hips. Everytime she slightly raises her arms, we have to look at her bare belly. While it is cute and flat, and I admit I am very jealous, (I'm 42, birthed 3 babies), it just doesn't seem very professional.

    Just an old nurse's opinion.

    Hugs and kisses,

    Sherri
  14. by   alwaysthere
    I agree... while my at home style is definatley not the american cultural norm... i do dress proffesionally and so as not to offend anyone at work...BUT you will never see little hearts flowers cartoons or other tomfoolery on this chick. Its not who i am, and in my opinion wearing things that look like they are better suited to children and circuses is not the proffesional image i want to project. In the rare instances i do wear a pattern it is original not offensive and provides a diversion to my patients. Who by that time have probably seen enough cutesy little prints to make them hurl. Dont get me wrong if you wear em and love em and your patients enjoy them, Thats great!

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