Please help -Poll for school - National Uniform for Nurses - page 2

Hi Everyone. I need your help in regards to an opinion poll for my public speaking class. It would help me out alot if you could take a minute to cast your vote. Even better, let me know your... Read More

  1. by   lujain
    :angryfire i hate being told what to wear!!!!! even during my past school years i use to rebel against wearing those dull, checkered, long skirts and those geeky white blouses the school use to restrict us to.
    so basically the thought of having to wear all white is not quite what i had in mind! hmmmmm.... problem big problem, im starting my clinical at the hospital soon and i hear they are extremely picky on what u wear

    i guess i better adapt and go shoping 4 white [/size]
  2. by   oramar
    No to all of ther above, however I would vote for a law that required employers to reinburse us for our uniforms.
  3. by   TechieNurse
    While I think that it would help the profession as a whole if patients/family could instantly recognize who 'the nurse' was (remember caps?), I don't like the idea of 'Stepford Nurse'. It also does make us seem very interchangeable.
    So, for now, I'm an advocate for wearing name badges/pins with credentials
    Even if your facility provides ID badges, if they don't put your education/certification/function on them, spend a few bucks and advertise it (you worked hard for it and earned it!)
  4. by   suzanne4
    In Thailand the nurses wear white uniforms, skirts or pants, and white caps.
    Definitely reminds me of the Stepford Wives, and even in the ER!!!

    I would quit before I had to do that....only wore white my first year of working and that was a long time ago...............

    Be very happy that you have a choice..
  5. by   purplemania
    If my employer mandates a certain uniform I expect them to pay for it. None of your choices offered the real answer: I want to choose my own outfit.
  6. by   justjenn
    I want to thank ALL, EVERYONE, YOU for helping me in this project.

    Please, the 8 that have vote differently than the majority, can you please let me know what your views are?

    Thanks - Justjenn
  7. by   justjenn
    Quote from eak16
    not until every other profession requires them as well!!!!
    can you picture it- white scrubs for secretaries, blue blazers for accountants.... :chuckle

    OK, what about UPS drivers, postal employees, waitresses and waiters, some department stores - Best Buy, Circuit City, Home Depot & Lowes & some food stores have vests they have to wear. ALL THESE PROFESSIONS ARE IMPORTANT. If you want to mention education - well, Airline pilots - heck - airlines in general use uniforms, some people that work behind the cosmetic counters (which we try to avoid) had to go to a 1yr. long program. Judges wear robes, and attorneys usually have to wear suits when they go to court - different colors - yeah, but suits all the same. And doctors in hospitals usually wear a labcoat with their name & title in very clear letters. No, they may not wear a uniform underneath, but most people I talked to say that if they see a guy in a labcoat, they usually believe it's a doctor.

    I'm not shooting down your answer, but I have to make points for my speech.
    justjenn
  8. by   CA CoCoRN
    I work in Labor and Delivery, so I will NOT wear WHITE!! Our scrubs are hospital cleaned and supplied because we come in such contact with bodily fluids, as well as the fact that we circulate in the OR. So the hospital wants to make sure the scrubs are uniformly sanitized.

    As for when I work shifts outside of L&D, different hospital, I wear my own scrubs. My lab coat/jacket and badge ID me as an R.N.

    A certain uniform would NOT go any further to differentiate me as a nurse. READING IS FUNDAMENTAL...AS IS COMMUNICATION. Instead of patients/visitors assuming that every woman in scrubs in a nurse and every man in scrubs is a doctor, they need to ask and read. National uniforms will go no further to help this. Just as you said, people assume that a man in a lab coat is a doctor. Well, everyone from lab techs to EKG techs can and do wear lab coats.
  9. by   justjenn
    Quote from CA CoCoRN
    I work in Labor and Delivery, so I will NOT wear WHITE!! Our scrubs are hospital cleaned and supplied because we come in such contact with bodily fluids, as well as the fact that we circulate in the OR. So the hospital wants to make sure the scrubs are uniformly sanitized.

    As for when I work shifts outside of L&D, different hospital, I wear my own scrubs. My lab coat/jacket and badge ID me as an R.N.

    A certain uniform would NOT go any further to differentiate me as a nurse. READING IS FUNDAMENTAL...AS IS COMMUNICATION. Instead of patients/visitors assuming that every woman in scrubs in a nurse and every man in scrubs is a doctor, they need to ask and read. National uniforms will go no further to help this. Just as you said, people assume that a man in a lab coat is a doctor. Well, everyone from lab techs to EKG techs can and do wear lab coats.
    Good point - BUT what about people who can't read or that are elderly? There are many people where I live that do not have an education - many are elderly.

    I'd like to point out that the "uniform" can be a sort of scrub - it's not like having to wear a dress - although it could be - I was going for a sort of a certain style with a certain color for nurses.

    AND YES, I do think that other healthcare workers should have the same applied to them - it's just that nurses are more called on than a RT or OT.

    KEEP THEM COMING - I TAKE NO OFFENSE - THIS IS GREAT
    justjenn
  10. by   Ari RN
    I am a recent male R.N. I hated wearing white in clinicals. I vote for some other color BUT white!!!! :angryfire
  11. by   FNimuaeMae
    I find that the patients LIKE the colors and prints, that it cheers them up. I personally don't wear white unless I'm down to the bottom of the barrel for clean uniforms. I have no NEW ones that are white. I admit it, I am a slob and tend to get stuff all over me.... colors and prints are so much more practical!

    Missy:chuckle
  12. by   Jen2
    I think that there should definately be a dress code. I have seen some nurses running around in skin tight T-shirts, with their scrub pants rolled down to reveal the tatoo they have across the small of their back. I think that it wouldn't be too bad if we had a national uniform, if it was provided and laundered by our facility. Maybe a set of either navy scrub pants/top and white scrub pants/top that can be worn interchangeably. I just really like navy and white together.

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