Uniform color by discipline

  1. Where I work, nurses, cna's, lab, x-ray, housekeeping wear a distinctive color for that department so that patient's can decipher who is who. Some people think this takes away our freedom to choose what we can wear and few I have spoke with like the idea. What do you think?
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  2. 33 Comments

  3. by   ZooMommyRN
    We are coded that way, used to be coded by department but that got voted down.
  4. by   sairin8
    Isn't the point of a uniform that you DON'T choose what you're wearing? It seems a very odd question to me, but maybe that's a cultural difference between NZ and USA...
  5. by   lilmith
    i like it; everyone walks around claiming to be nurses when they are house keepers just messing with beeping iv pumps.
  6. by   Murse901
    I think it's good for staff to identify each other, but it doesn't work on patients. Patients assume anyone in scrubs is a nurse or physician.
  7. by   jabroadwater
    I don't see it as an issue of being able to "wear what you want", many companies and organizations have uniforms (police, military, mechanics, just to name a few).

    I personally like the idea, not so much from a patient perspective, but when you're interacting with someone within the hospital, you know exactly who you're dealing with and predominately what their job is.
  8. by   KeepItRealRN
    Personally I think being color coded is retarded. Isn't that why we all wear name badges with our picture, name, title, and department? Do they hand a color code sheet to patients when they are admitted telling them what color signifies what department? I thought not.
  9. by   goldberryRN
    I don't mind color coding, it beats having to wear all white all the time like when I first got out of nursing school. When I did refresher course clinicals earlier this year, the floor I worked on had no uniform policy, it was a free for all and it looked sloppy.
  10. by   Flo.
    Actually my hospital is color coded and in every patient area there is a chart that tells what the colors mean. I love it for quickly identifying what department a staff member belongs to.
  11. by   red2003xlt
    As a former patient, I loved it so did my wife. She and I found it to easy to identify who was the RN, CNA, and housekeeping.

    The doctor was the identified by his super-sized ego.


    Now as a student-nurse I wish all hospitals were color colored. Much easier to identify the various specialties at a quick glance.
  12. by   aikz
    I like the freedom of choosing The only departments in my hospital that has to wear a distinct color is our ED
  13. by   Aurora77
    I like it, personally. I think it looks more professional. I did clinicals at a place that didn't require color coding and it was hard to identify people quickly. There were also a lot of mismatched scrubs/jackets.
  14. by   codeblue22
    Quote from Murse901
    I think it's good for staff to identify each other, but it doesn't work on patients. Patients assume anyone in scrubs is a nurse or physician.
    I agree with Murse.. Imagine how many people in scrubs patients see during the course of their hospital visit: phlebotomists, xray, transport, housekeeping, discharge planners, house supervisors, CNAs, RNs, MDs, etc.. I WISH our hospital had uniforms by dept.. Instead, everyone dresses free-for-all, and patients are so confused and overwhelmed.

    Also, if they have complaints or comments, they may not be able to identify the staffer without a uniform color. Personally speaking, I have been blamed for a bad blood draw by a phlebotomist, and it was next to impossible to get myself out of the hot seat. so infuriating.

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