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This is a discussion on Uniform color by discipline in General Nursing Discussion, part of General Nursing ... Where I work, nurses, cna's, lab, x-ray, housekeeping wear a distinctive color for that department...by annetter Oct 6, '11Where 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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- Oct 6, '11 by ZooMommyRNWe are coded that way, used to be coded by department but that got voted down.
- Oct 6, '11 by sairin8Isn'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...
- Oct 6, '11 by lilmithi like it; everyone walks around claiming to be nurses when they are house keepers just messing with beeping iv pumps.
- Oct 6, '11 by Murse901I 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.
- Oct 6, '11 by jabroadwaterI 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.
- Oct 6, '11 by RNforYearsPersonally 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.
- Oct 6, '11 by goldberryRNI 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.
- Oct 6, '11 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.
- Oct 6, '11 by red2003xltAs 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.