Standard Hospital Scrubs National Standard? - page 3

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... Read More

  1. by   Altra
    A number of hospital systems in my area color code different disciplines. I can think of two that require the hospital-issued scrubs embroidered with the logo. So it's not uncommon.

    I am not aware of any JCAHO mandate - I think it's just a trend. It may stay ... or it may fall by the wayside in a period of time.

    I sympathize -- I'm a petite pants gal myself.
  2. by   kenyacka
    We're allowed to wear any kind of scrubs as long as they're clean and wrinkle-free. Our nurses have an extra card on their badges that hangs down lower and says RN in bold, black letters. The only difference is our surgeons all wear light blue scrubs and lab coats.
  3. by   TeenyTinyBabyRN
    Does the color coding really matter? Who cares who the patient is asking? The patient should be able to ask anyone in scrubs, whether RN, RT, CNA, or house keeping, if the person asked can't help them, then they are responsible for getting someone who can help. Upon walking in the pateint's room, everyone should introduce themselves, with their title. I work at a hospital, where we can wear whatever clean scrubs we want, and I have never heard any complaints.
  4. by   hiddencatRN
    We went to a color coded system. We can wear whatever we want as long as it falls within our color choice. Really, in certain standard colors (black, white, ciel blue, navy, etc) colors are actually all pretty close. How well would a scrub company compete with a uniform policy if they couldn't do this to some extent? Sure "misty blue" and "carnation" might be tough colors to match, but the more basic ones all look pretty much the same to me!
  5. by   CharmedJ7
    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...
  6. by   NurseSnarky
    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 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.