Standard Hospital Scrubs National Standard? - page 4

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Does your hospital require everyone to wear the same scrubs? My hospital is instituting this. Everyone has to wear not only the same color, but we have no choice on the brand. I am a very petite person (100lbs) and none of the... Read More


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    We just moved over to uniforms. We tried the ID band thing, but they still flip around a lot which is maybe why they decided they weren't working (I suppose this is a solvable problem though if they just make them double-sided). The funny thing though, is that with the current state of things, now PTs wears NAVY blue, PCTs wear ROYAL blue, and RNs wear CIEL blue. Less confusing? Surgeons usually wear lt. green though sometimes they wear ciel too.

    I will say.... much as I utterly hate the uniforms and I DO think it smacks at robotization/all nurses are interchangeable... it does make it a lot easier for staff to ID each other quickly. I think it does next to nothing for the patients, but I've heard from the docs it makes it a lot easier and it's easier for me too when I float to another unit or someone floats to us. What confuses me is that our tele techs can wear whatever they want which is often a white coat - kind of confusing when you come in the room and they're in with your patient and then turn out to be just changing the battery...
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    I worked in a hospital that was "color coded" as well and I strongly believe it's a great thing to do. Nurses wore white, navy, or a combo of the two...and on special holidays we could wear prints or printed jackets. Techs would wear burgundy, unit secretaries wore scrub pants and polos. Housekeeping also wore scrubs and polos if I remember right...in yellow I want to say. There was no confusion by the docs as was stated above. They knew white or navy would be a nurse. Hard to see our name tags from a long distance or from behind. The patients also did not have any confusion. We introduced ourselves and the techs also introduced themselves. We were also not limited to a certain brand. It created a professional environment as well. Then I worked in an ICU where everyone had to wear burgundy scrubs supplied from the hospital and no other color was allowed. Patients would always ask the tech questions intended for the nurse. It was confusing and yes, the docs also got confused unless they had been there long enough to know who was who.


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