Question: Why don't hospitals color code the scrubs? - page 3

This is my first thread so please go easy on me. It is so hard for me to know who is what (it is all about me after all :lol2:) -- RT vs Tech vs RN vs housekeeping vs. volunteers vs. lab... Read More

  1. by   loriangel14
    We can wear whatever we want but we have oval name tags with our first name and title on it. Everyone has one, nurses, PT, housekeeping etc. Our pt rooms have white boards that have a space for the nurse's name and we fill it in each shift (plus introduce ourselves)
  2. by   leslie :-D
    Quote from loriangel14
    Our pt rooms have white boards that have a space for the nurse's name and we fill it in each shift (plus introduce ourselves)
    we do too, except it has nurse's, nsg asst, and md's names as well.

  3. by   Wise Woman RN
    We are color coded, but I usually wear white, because our techs DON'T correct the patients all the time. The only problem I have had with the white uniform is that I am an easy target for anyone looking for a nurse, or people thinking that I am in charge... weird, I know... but I work with the elderly, and they really seem to respond well to the white. RNs can wear their color, or they have the option of all white... and JMHO, I think black on any health care worker is kinda bad...
  4. by   HM2VikingRN
    No white...I look like the Michelin Man...

    Navy Blue and a NAME TAG does the trick...:>>
  5. by   RNKel
    Our hospital went to color-coded 2 years ago. Everyone who works there knows who does what, but patients still don't. LOL

    RN = ceil blue and/or white
    LPN = purple
    radiology = black
    resp = navy
    housekeeping = maroon
    unit clerks and PCA's = khaki
    pharmacy = teal
  6. by   Cul2
    This is just a small example of the lack of national standards in American healthcare. Most in health care
    don't want to see socialized medicine, or nationalized health care. But unless the profession can clean
    itself up (which seems impossible) and create some standards in even more important areas than with
    uniforms, that's what we're going to see. National standards forced upon the system. And it will be the
    systems own fault. My main concern with this scrub issue is that the patient doesn't know who he or she
    is dealing with in some hospitals. Few wear name tags anymore. Few name tags have RN or CNA on them.
    Few even announce who they are and what their position is. Now, some hospitals are better than others.
    But that's the point. All patients have the right to know is working with them without confusion. And we
    all know one reason this situation is so popular. CNA's and techs don't mind at all being seen as a nurse.
    It's a status boost. And then people wonder why some patients get angry and confrontational.
  7. by   PostOpPrincess
    Because we have to wear surgical scrubs, our department has a specific color. We know who is what. I cannot say the same for the floors because they don't adhere to that policy.
    I think perhaps our L & D and the NICU, but that's it. Everyone else walks around in rainbow colors.

    I'm not crazy about it because I personally think they look very unkempt and unprofessional.

  8. by   jazz_is_my_game
    That would be nice. But how will the patient know unless they are told of the colors...some people don't know who "techs" or RTs are. I was a volunteer and I did not on any scrubs..a patient still thought I was a nurse.

    Verbal identification is the key!
  9. by   BrnEyedGirl
    I've worked for the same hospital for almost 13 yrs now and this issue comes up about every 3 or 4 years. They have decided once again to "make it clear at a glance" who is the nurse vs the aide vs resp. So we all voted on colors we wanted to wear. The only problem is,..ER RN's are in one color, NTICU RN's voted on their color, SICU RN's on their color, unit sec in ER are one color but on diff floors they are all diff colors! And of course everyone is in scrubs,..registration, housekeeping, physicians, RT, PT, radiology etc. No one has offered a color guide to pts,...I just don't see how this will help at all. I do wear a very large red tag that hangs down below my name tag that has RN in large white letters. I do think that helps,....but honestly,..anyone in scrubs is a nurse to the pts. Unless the entire hospital puts all RN's in one color I don't see this helping, then of course what do you have the LPNs and the EMT's in. I work ER and our EMT's start IV's,...if the pts are told that everyone in light blue is a "nurse" what will they think if the guy in navy wants to start a line or place a foley? I like the large name tag with RN and I always introduce myself as "one of the nurses in the ER", not sure much else is really going to help,....I don't want to go back to all white with a hat!
  10. by   NurseWannabe1129
    The last hospital I did clinicals at color coded. As a student, I loved it! Really easy to tell who was who. The nurses wore all white. There is something about the all white thing I just like. I know I'm not going to say that when I need to wear it! But I just like the tradition of it I suppose.
  11. by   rn/writer
    One of the two hospitals I work at used color codes for years. A few years back, as the color required for nurses was becoming harder and harder to find, the powers that be did some research. I'm guessing they thought that if they were going to mandate a new nurse color, it might be nice to know if color-coding really made a difference.

    Guess what? That patients usually didn't have a clue. The color coding went bye-bye and staff morale improved greatly as we were allowed to depart from what had been a really blah color scheme and liven the place up a little.

    Introducing yourself, writing your name on a board in the room, and wearing a name tag with your title in large letters have all proven more effective than color coding.

    As for white making a big comeback, this is one of "those" ideas that management trots out when they are grasping at straws. It sounds like we would all look soooo professional and it would make the older folks happy. But it's similar to bringing back the old nuns' habits. It might offer a bit of nostalgic comfort, but it really isn't practical. Some will take the time and effort to look good and keep their scrubs white and bright, but many will end up looking dingy and dirty. And it's a whole lot harder to maintain modesty with white.

    Those who don't have color coding to answer to can wear white if they choose. Just because it isn't required doesn't mean it can't be done. Of course, co-workers might want to beat your booty if some bigwig sees you and thinks it would be good for the whole staff.

    Personally, I like a bit of color. Yeah, some can go overboard with the cartoon look, but we have a lot of fun with our scrubs now, where before we just hated the chosen color. I still won't wear it three years later.
  12. by   MAISY, RN-ER
    Hate white! Color isn't the problem, we need to eliminate scrubs from the job descriptions of others in the hospital. Real uniforms for housekeeping, golf shirts or street clothes with a hospital jacket for secretarys, CNAs if wearing scrubs should be wearing the an oddball color so they stand out to the patients as helpers, and nursing needs to enforce their dress codes so that nurses are neat and professional looking!

    We do color code between department but each person isn't wearing a big sign around their neck, and nowhere is it listed for the patients. While scrubs are comfortable, they were made for those of us who require durable, easily washable and moveable clothing. This rules out most of the hospital, so why are they wearing them?
  13. by   frellyou
    They had a big investigation in NSW, Australia into the hospital system (the Garling report) which recommended that each profession wore a different colour, with charts all around the ward showing patients what the colours meant. His research revealed that patients were basically clueless when it came to knowing what each member of staff did and this added to the general confusion of being admitted to hospital.

    Of course we all wear uniforms over here anyway, and did so in school, so maybe we'd be more amenable to the idea?