provocative undergarments - page 2

:uhoh3: Nurses who wear provocative undergarments under white scrub pants & low-cut tops, how are they affecting the image of nursing as a profession? Does this represent the initial view of nursing... Read More

  1. by   barefootlady
    Sorry, I disagree that the offenders do not have the sense of a worm. They love the attention and shock value. Not to mention they like to push this element as far as possible. I hear that 2 nurses I used to work with that are pregnant wear white tee shirt all of the time, no scrub jacket or top covering these tee's. The staff that has found this offensive and unprofessional have been told, "cool it". Yes, sure, but I bet if they showed up looking anything but professional they would be written up.
  2. by   babynurselsa
    I had to do an agency nurse orientation a couple of weeks ago and got a huge giggle out of the dress code policy regarding underwear. I stated that underwear were a MUST WEAR item, must be supportive adn appropriate for attire. It also included no thin or see through, and no colors that might be seen through clothing.
    Yes I giggle, but I realize that there are those that have made it necessary for HR to creatively find a way to word this.
    Like the chick I keep seeing who wears the Lace ,Lycra tank top a pair of scrub pants and an OR coat. It seems to be her daily choice too becuase I have observered her on more than one occasion.
  3. by   VivaLasViejas
    I still say that beige is the ONLY color underwear to put on under white pants. Everything else, including white, will show your "assets" in more ways than one!

    Amazing that people have to be told to wear underwear......ick. But obviously some don't, because I remember the same policy being included in our uniform code when I was in school, and I even remember one student who was SENT HOME because she showed up at clinical wearing only, um, the BARE necessities.
  4. by   Roland
    As a man I can tell you that I am too shy to even look a woman in the eye, let alone at her undergarments (and most people that know me say I have a AA+ personality on many issues). It just goes to show that if men took antiandrogen medroxyprogesterone drugs (for example Depo-Provera and Depo Lupron) that there wouldn't be as much need to worry about these sort of things! In addition, it might help to prevent hair loss, and prostate cancer (by lowering levels of DHT, and testosterone which are thought to play roles in prostrate cancer and baldness). Furthermore, think of how much more productive men would be if they weren't so preoccupied by sex! Personally, I think someone should be able to wear whatever undergarments they desire. Seriously, don't uniforms conceal this anyway? If they don't can't they be constructed so that they do more effectively?
  5. by   LisaRN2B
    Okay, I must ask...why "white" underwear? What about fleshtone? I personally don't like seeing underwear through pants at all, and those "tighty-whities" show through badly! If pants aren't too tight, and the undies aren't patterned or colored or bright white, they don't show through. I guarantee no one knows if I am wearing a thong or not. Yep, I wear 'em. Can't stand the panty lines. I don't let them peak out over my waistband and they don't have any print on them (at least the ones I wear under whites).
  6. by   LydiaGreen
    Before our first clinical rotation at the local hospital, our clinical instructor met with all of us at one meeting that was mandatory. She covered the usual things and then got around to dress code. She didn't think it should be necessary but in the past an RN had worn a black thong to work under some very thin, white scrubs - so, it became necessary. The only acceptable underwear were granny panties in either flesh tone or white... nothing else was acceptable. I know some of the students wore coloured bikini panties under their scrubs but, made sure that it wasn't visible. You DO have to be careful though... what isn't visible at home under your lights, becomes all too visible at a hospital under a million watts of flourescents! If the clinical instrusctor noticed a problem with underwear, you would be sent home for the day and have to write a "novel" (they called it a "paper" - NOT) about professionalism, and professional appearances. No one from my class was ever "caught" wearing unacceptable undies!
  7. by   iliel
    I'm with Lisa..fleshtone. VS has some great fleshtone, seamless line...so does every other store (gap, calvin klien, etc, etc) Besides, I wouldn't walk out of the house if I knew my undies showed and I'm not going out and buying granny panties for school or work, I only own thongs, dosn't make me a "****". I'll just make sure my pants are a little thicker? Actaully. maybe that's the real issue, why are scrub pants 20-30 bucks a pair and made so dang thin? What are we paying for?
  8. by   gypsyatheart
    It's pretty pathetic that we actually have to have written policies to address this issue. It does seem like it would be common sense. I have also worked w/staff...not necessarily nurses who dress way too provocatively for working on a hospital unit...it got so out of hand we were re-introduced to our dress code as well!
    I agree, I think those types are just looking for attention. Sometimes I wonder what kind of attention they are looking for, or should I say, it's all too obvious what they're looking for....
    I say...keep it out of the workplace, puhleeze!
  9. by   SharonH, RN
    Quote from iliel
    I'm with Lisa..fleshtone. VS has some great fleshtone, seamless line...so does every other store (gap, calvin klien, etc, etc) Besides, I wouldn't walk out of the house if I knew my undies showed and I'm not going out and buying granny panties for school or work, I only own thongs, dosn't make me a "****". I'll just make sure my pants are a little thicker? Actaully. maybe that's the real issue, why are scrub pants 20-30 bucks a pair and made so dang thin? What are we paying for?

    I agree with you and Lisa. I will wear whatever type of underwear I want and I won't wear any granny panties either. I like to feel feminine. I am careful about what shows however because I think it's tacky for my undergarments to show but otherwise there's nothing wrong with it.
  10. by   SnowymtnRN
    I agree that if you wear thongs or whatever its HOW you wear them. Thicker scrub pants, colored pants, etc...will do the trick. I want to be feminine too, so i wear high cut undies, and thongs as well. BUT you'd never know it from looking at me (i know i have my husband check my butt to make sure!! ) However, if someone is showing their drawers no matter WHAT kind (granny or otherwise! ) then that's not right. Same goes for too much boobs and bras. Nothing pissees me off more to see nurses wearing lacy bras with tight tshirts and the bra totally shows to "enhance" their looks or whatever. That's wrong. You can look feminine and beautiful without all that crap.

    When i was in school, they said beige or white full cut underwear was the only thing acceptable. AND we had unplanned panty checks! lol It was usually a big joke, but you'd be surprised how many people tried to pull a fast one at first! LOL
  11. by   FNimuaeMae
    I too have a coworker who tends to wear the thongs that stick out of the tops of her scrub pants....when she is even wearing underwear, which is something she tends to advertise anyways but thats another subject entirely. I personally hate white scrubs because they show off ANYTHING you might have come in contact with. I always have colored scrubs on which has worked out the best for me. I do remember the talks in nursing school, or even when I was a CNA about wearing colored underwear or even ones with words printed on them which blazed like a neon light thru one's white pants.... just tacky!

    Missy:chuckle
  12. by   Mimi2RN
    Fory several years, we were REQUIRED to wear white pants. It had been decided by the powers-that-be that we looked more professional. I never thought that peri-pads looked professional, never mind the assortment of underwear. One male nurse wore spotted or striped boxers. BTW, our dept provided the scrubs.

    We went back to coloured scrubs and they look much better, it doesn't matter what you wear underneath. If you are skinny enough to wear a thong, that's your problem, if not, wear something that gives a little support.
  13. by   Dplear
    Does this represent the initial view of nursing in the 1800s?
    This statement alone scares me. I sure would hope it does not represent the view of nursing in the 1800's. Glorified hand maidens to the doc's and looked upon as mere servants.

    Dave...who does not care what underwear you are wearing or even if you are wearing any as long as you can do the job.

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