I wear scrubs
, either provided by myself or by my unit. What really gets to me is to see that some of the housekeeping personnel in my area are now wearing the same (hospital provided) scrubs that I wear.
Housekeeping does have a uniform (med blue), but no one seems to be enforcing it. The people in the gift shop wear scrubs, the coffee bar staff wear scrubs. It seems to be never ending.
It used to be that an RN wore a white uniform, white hose, white shoes. Also the cap and black band. LPNs wore white uniforms but colored hose and shoes. Then they went to the full white as well. They also went to wearing white caps with bands. Then NAs went full white. Some NAs also wear white caps.
Outside of the name tags, you couldn't tell the players apart by what they wore. So, what's the sense?
I wear a honker of a huge pin from my union (BCNU-$5) that is gold colored with a large blue RN on it. I stopped wearing my school pin years ago - too expensive to replace if lost.
I'm in agreement with Fergus51. White gets grungy, etc, and since you're not supposed to bleach it, your white uniform gets grey. Also, who wants to shell out the big $$ for something which is not terribly practical in the long run.
Yes, white uniforms evoke a sense of nostalgia for people, usually patients. Of a "sweet little girl", who rustled when she walked (those bloody tafetta slips), gave backrubs and straightened beds, and, more importantly, "did as she was told" and "walked 2 steps behind God (MD)". And at the very least, after a full 8 hour night shift, got up and gave her chair to the just-out-of-bed doctor. All that and girdles/garterbelts too.
No thanks. I spent 4 years of my life wearing a USAF uniform, 2 of those years wearing 1505s (green khaki) or camis. There wasn't a single injured GI that mistook what I did for a living. All that mattered as far as "job id" went was the collar dogs (and the "railroad tracks" - both silver and, later, gold) that I wore.