Standard Hospital Scrubs National Standard?

  1. 0 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 scrubs they are getting us fit (MC Hammer pants anyone??) everyone is complaining, but administration is telling us it is a national standard that most hospitals are having their nurses all wear the same scrub; stating it is a patient safety issue. They say the other hospitals in our area are going to be doing it, but when I talked to a friend at the other hospital she had no idea what I was talking about; even asked her manager who had no idea what I was talking about...


    So, does your hospital have a standard uniform for nurses?
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  4. Visit  Dixielee profile page
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    Sounds like your administrator may be getting a kickback from that particular scrub manufacturer. I have never heard of that policy. If they are mandating that policy, then they need to pay for the scrubs.
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  5. Visit  NickiLaughs profile page
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    We had to wear the same color at one job but we had to buy our own. When they see the brand looks unprofessional on some they met laxen a bit & you can get your own brand.
  6. Visit  maelstrom143 profile page
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    Nope. Our facility allows any scrubs that are clean and professional. I order my scrubs online cause could not find any other brands that were ever comfortable, so someone dictating what brand to wear would probably make for a most uncomfortable 12h shift, jmho.
  7. Visit  MomRN0913 profile page
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    The hospital I worked out instituted white tops and blue bottoms. Saying it was better for patient safety as nurses can be easily identified.

    However, I see no benefit in using only one manufacturer. What the he!! does that do for patient safety. Nothing.

    Probably harm it, if you are trying to take care of a patient and your pants keep falling down......
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  8. Visit  BuckyBadgerRN profile page
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    Quote from HeartsOpenWide
    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 scrubs they are getting us fit (MC Hammer pants anyone??) everyone is complaining, but administration is telling us it is a national standard that most hospitals are having their nurses all wear the same scrub; stating it is a patient safety issue. They say the other hospitals in our area are going to be doing it, but when I talked to a friend at the other hospital she had no idea what I was talking about; even asked her manager who had no idea what I was talking about...


    So, does your hospital have a standard uniform for nurses?
    If they are providing your scrubs, they must provide you with proper fitting scrubs. Whether you weigh 98 lbs or 498 lbs....
    kalevra, Aurora77, and ashleyisawesome like this.
  9. Visit  MinnieMomRN profile page
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    Is administration handing out a color-coding key for patients on admission, so they'll know what each color represents? If so, what color has been assigned for MD's to wear??

    Point made.
    fiveofpeep, iloveny68, hiddencatRN, and 5 others like this.
  10. Visit  bsnanat2 profile page
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    Our health system requires a specific color of uniform by discipline. One reason they may be requiring the single brand is that colors can vary from one brand to another.
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  11. Visit  HeartsOpenWide profile page
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    As far as we know, nurses are the only ones so far to have to be color coded. They say that we can not buy our own scrubs because every manufacture make the color SLIGHTLY different and the colors would not be EXACTLY the same. Plus, they are going to have the hospitals names stitched on all the tops. I wrote a letter to my manager asking if they were going to let me wear my own scrubs or if they were going to PAY for me to get them altered...they are giving us three pants, three tops, and one warm-up jacket (even though some people work 8hr shifts and therefore work five days a week). If we we want anymore we have to buy them ourselves. and they are in the 30$ range...
  12. Visit  wooh profile page
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    I wear Cherokee, my coworker wears Urban, and let me tell you.... When we walk in a room together, the patients immediately quit breathing from the cross brand contamination.
    Why do you not care about your patients?? You're killing them with your desire to not have your pants fall down!!!!!!
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  13. Visit  d419 profile page
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    Many hopsitals are using this policy. Patients, family members and vistors Dont not know that specfic color ID certain job titles. The Hopsital I work at started makinh the Nurses wear Large RED RN tag, this way the RN is clear noticable. The Tag seems to be the indentifing maker.
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  14. Visit  onetiredmomma profile page
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    Quite often when a manage cites "national standard" I find that is the only facility that knows about it. Buzz words that mean : were doing it, don't whine, it's an national standard...
    canoehead likes this.
  15. Visit  Rob72 profile page
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    While these ideas are touted as "safety", they are not. In fact, it decreases safety, in that anyone determined to enter the facility with felony(ies) in mind, knows exactly what to wear. BTDT, walked around the airbase.
    canoehead, ashleyisawesome, and wooh like this.


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