Tooniforms - page 2

What do you all think about uniforms with patterns or cartoon characters? I have a Marvin the Martian warm-up jacket that I use mostly on Peds, but I don't see anything horrible about wearing it in... Read More

  1. by   pebbles
    There are three wards inmy hospital where the unit managers do not *allow* nurses to wear uniforms. They think uniforms in themselves are degrading and unprofessional - I can't imagine wearing tooniforms on one of those wards!

    Matt C: what do you think "professional" garb should be?

    I think that is the real issue, since all of us consider ourselves to be professionals here....
  2. by   mattcastens
    Originally posted by micro
    MattC........I acknowledge your opinion and even see its merit.........

    however I have to agree with fergus51 and judy ann.............

    I can look and act professional in whatever I wear.............
    Question: Would you consider a member of the police force to be "professional" if they showed up at a domestic disturbance in ripped jeans and a dirty t-shirt? What if they acted professionally?

    Would you consider a nurse that acted professionally but showed up in ripped jeans and a dirty t-shirt to be "professional?"

    Uniforms help with identity. You know a cop on the street by their uniform. You know a navy sailor on the street by their uniform. Unfortunately, you can't say the same for nurses. While professional behavior goes a long way, the health care environment is very confusing and even intimidating to the general public. When someone is admitted to the hospital, everyone looks alike whether surgeon, CNA, RT, nurse, or phlebotomist.

    That is part of the reason, I think, that traditional white uniforms have disappeared. Hospitals like the fact that patients can't tell everyone apart. Having nurses identified as such through uniforms can put the patients at ease and help them and their families identify their caregivers.

    I would love to see a return to all white. It's traditional and easily identified by the general public, just as a blue uniform and sheild says, "police officer".

    Don't get me wrong, professional attitude and knowledge are also important, but perhaps "looking the part" is also important.
  3. by   nursedawn67
    Originally posted by judy ann
    Another place where toonscrubs are not only appropriate but very much appreciated by the residents--LTC. when I am working in a LTC, I am in the resident's home, and that is not the place for whites. I do agree that whites might be more appropriate on the floors, but sometimes a little color makes everyone feel better.
    I have to agree, the residents seem to really enjoy all the different tops and colors. And they don't feel so much like they are in a hospital.


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  4. by   Peeps Mcarthur
    Oh geeze! Why would they be offended?........................Don't tell me............they're Martian American.

    Brad
  5. by   babynurselsa
    Matt,
    I really think your comparison doesn't jibe. There would be quite a difference between torn jeans and a dirty T-shirt and a clean colorful uniform. Oh Puhleeze. I have many cop friends who are detectives and street crimes that do not wear uniforms. They are sometimes called on to wear ripped jeans and dirty t-shirts but whne the guns come out so do the badges.
    I would be equally leary of the guy frying my burger at the grill if her were wearing a dirty t-shirt. But he is wearing what.......
    oh an all white uniform maybe he is really an RN.
  6. by   hoolahan
    Well Matt, I hate wearing white and I'll tell you why. First of all, it is very hard to keep clean, after a few washings in my hard water, they look dingy and more unprofessional than anything else. Second, the woman's uniforms are so freaking see-through, I really don't want anyone to see if I am wearing bikins, a thong, or no underwear like many of the men under their scrubs. That goes for the kind of bra I am wearing too. I feel naked when I wear white. If it's white cotton, it's always too see-through, if it's a polyester blend, you drip sweat. If you wear a dress, a woman needs a slip and hot pantyhose. I'm sorry, it's just not practical.

    However, I would not mind having a uniform like a military fatigues or something of that nature, where only by a certain rank could you where a certain color or style. Instead of the stupid white starch hat, how about a matching beret, looks good on woman and men.

    I don't mind the tooniforms. I wear many brightly colored uniforms, angels, hearts, flowers, flags, etc.. My home care pt's always enjoy them. My 100 year old pt looks forward to seeing what top I wear next.

    As an aside. When my husband was a pt after his last surgery, he made an intersting remark. He said when this one girl came in the room, he said I could tell she was the nurse, it was the way she carried herself. Maybe that is b/c he lives w a nurse and has observed me and my nurse friends, not sure, but he was able to tell the difference. It does irk me to no end though to think hospitals do encg the wearing of any color for anyone just to make people think there are more nurses. I truly believe you are right about that.
  7. by   Q.
    Matt,

    While I like my colorful scrubs, I also look just like the Medical Assistants, the houskeepers, etc at my clinic. Identity is a major issue where I work, especially since the MAs don't wear nametags.

    I would give up the colorful scrubs in a heartbeat. I agree with you.
  8. by   fergus51
    I don't have to worry about the who is a nurse thing because we are an all RN staff. The only place we have CNAs is in LTC and the only LPNs are on med-surg.

    I will NEVER wear white. Did I mention I work L&D? Don't know how much time you've spent there Matt, but believe me, nothing is more impractical than white in L&D!!! It is a wet, gooey, disgusting place at times (I have had to rip women out of the shower before, can you imagine doing that in white?! I would look like a contestant in a wet t-shirt contest!). Patterns are way more practical!! I have never had a problem with people thinking I am not serious about my job. I am sure ICU is different, but I find a the atmosphere in L&D is one which breeds familiarity between the nurses and patients and there is a lot of joking around and time spent getting to know eachother.
  9. by   Q.
    Definitely Fergus! On my OB floor there isn't an identity issue and I would NOT wear white there! OMG!

    But the clinic is a different story completely. Worlds apart.
  10. by   live4today
    This topic of conversation reminds me of when I was a student nurse going through my pediatric rotation. As students, we had to wear the starchy white uniforms and hat. There was a four year old pedi patient pulling a two year old patient to the nurses station in a little red wagon. She was looking for "the nurse". I said, "May I help you?" She said, "You're not a nurse!" (pronounced more like the word noyse). "I wanna wheel noyse". Needless to say, we all busted out laughing, and the little one rolled her eyes and headed down the hallway in search of a "wheel noyse". :chuckle :roll :chuckle Ahhh, gotta love those pedi kids, huh?

    Bottom line: the "wheel noyses" wore tooney tops, and the only ones on the pedi unit with white uniforms and hats were the nursing students. Couldn't fool that four year old! Not only do kids say the darndest things, they are so brutally honest!
    Last edit by live4today on Mar 18, '02
  11. by   Q.
    Actually, Renee, your post points out how uniforms DO help to differentiate who is who, even to a 4 year old.

    Nowadays, that 4 year old wouldn't be able to tell - trust me.
  12. by   NotReady4PrimeTime
    I work peds ICU now, and before that special care nursery. I have always dressed for my patients. Little kids become so terrified of lab-coated people that they start screaming if one simply walks by. Wearing white, as Matt has advocated, would be the height of impracticality for me. Ever tried to get povidone-iodine out of white clothes? Or pyridium out of anything? Tooniforms can be very helpful in certain instances, such as with the head-injured child who is suddenly noted to be following the nurse's uniform top with his eyes. Having cheerful scrubs on also helps diffuse parents' anxiety a little, because they can see at a glance that I understand kids. When we have adolescents in the unit, I sometimes will wear my "Ricky Martin La Vida Loca Tour Road Crew" t-shirt; can't tell you how many teenagers will talk to me when I have it on. And if my patient or their family can't quite remember my name, they usually remember what I'm wearing.
  13. by   live4today
    Originally posted by Susy K
    Actually, Renee, your post points out how uniforms DO help to differentiate who is who, even to a 4 year old.

    Nowadays, that 4 year old wouldn't be able to tell - trust me.
    Hi Suzy K,

    To children, teens, geriatric, psych, and even many "other" patients unmentioned, they enjoy the tooney tops versus the all white. Children are especially less fearful of tooney tops than they are of the all white effect. Psych patients do not like the white effect either.

    My motto is: When in Rome, do as the Romans do, so if a hospital's policy is for their nursing staff to wear white, then white it should be. If the hospital's policy states tooney tops, different color scrubs, or white are all acceptable based on the unit's choice of what they desire to wear to work, then I go with the flow there too. How we dress or don't dress is NOT the major issue that we need to be arguing over. The BIG issue that we need to continue our focus on is all this animosity and crown wearing that is going on in the field of nursing. :imbar This is what embarrases me as a nurse.

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