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?
  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.