uniforms are killing us - page 11

What do you all think of current nursing wear. it kills me to go up to a adult floor and see RN's wearing all these crazy looking tops with cartoons and teddy bears on them. personally i see why some... Read More

  1. by   Casey7
    quote: thirdshiftguy:

    I think in the publics eye nursing is still an honorable and trustworthy profession. It's attitude more than anything that ruins our "image" in the public's eye (not that I agree it's ruined).


    I agree with you. For one, I love the uniforms. It is one of the only ways to express personality, and I think the patients like it. I have always gotten compliments on my creative and fun uniform tops. If places were to go to a required hospital color then that would take some of the personality away.

    Also, I do not think that the publics attitudes about the nurses is dependent on what uniforms they wear, as long as they wear uniforms (maybe it is a bit disconcerting when the nurses have on regular street clothes.) It is not for us to make excuses for a bad opinion if it is justifiable. Nurses stand for caring and love toward people and helping someone other than themselves and kindness. And you can be (or not be) all those things regardless of whether you're shirt has snoopy on it or is classic white. To each his own.

    Thanks for letting me express.
  2. by   coowip
    in our hospital in Guelph we are aloud to wear whatever looks respectful. the nursing students are also aloud to wear any colour not just white anymore. this just came to be within the year, because of a brave student that had alopecia. she got haggled about wearing a head peice because it was not white. the media and lawyers got involved and now everyone it benifiting. Sometimes it takes a little to change the minds of all the old school nurses that think we should all wear white from head to toe. If we want to talk about hair colour this is another story. Anywhere you go you will be discriminated against if you show up with blue, green or purple hair. Sometimes i disagree with the wild colour, but if it is in the right setting its ok.
  3. by   whitjer29
    I think that if we want to elevate nursing as a respected profession, we need to appear professional. A hospital in my city has recently required all their nurses to wear either white or navy uniforms, and I think it is a great idea. If you look at pictures of nurses decades ago, with their caps and cloaks, they look great! I would love to see nursing today go back to that type of professionalism.
  4. by   Ortho_RN
    Originally posted by whitjer29
    I think that if we want to elevate nursing as a respected profession, we need to appear professional. A hospital in my city has recently required all their nurses to wear either white or navy uniforms, and I think it is a great idea. If you look at pictures of nurses decades ago, with their caps and cloaks, they look great! I would love to see nursing today go back to that type of professionalism.
    I'm sorry, but I still don't understand why just because you aren't wearing white you aren't professional... And trust me just because you do wear white, sure as heck doesn't make you professional either. I have no problems wearing white, but all the freakin time.. YUK... The colors liven the place up, make it a less dreary place.

    Stop wasting time on the "colorful" clothing and complain about the long hair flowing all over the place, the big dangly earrings, the young nurses wearing glitter on their makeup... Those are the things you moan about..
  5. by   ShelleyERgirl
    I don't mind printed scrubs. The only ones that I absolutely can't stand are those kind with the Precious Moments on them. Yuck! For some reason they make me want to puke. Creepy little round heads...
  6. by   P_RN
    I want ALL lawyers to wear navy blue double breasted suits with white shirts and red ties.
    I THINK IT LOOKS PROFESSIONAL

    I want ALL ministers to wear white suits with white shirts and black ties.
    I THINK IT LOOKS PROFESSIONAL

    I want all accountants to wear black suits with blue shirts and navy ties.
    I THINK IT LOOKS PROFESSIONAL

    I want all morticians to wear black suits with black shirts and black ties.
    I THINK IT LOOKS PROFESSIONAL

    I want all physicians to wear navy double breasted blazers with gold buttons, tan chinos, Polo white broadcloth shirts and yellow patterned ties.
    I THINK IT LOOKS PROFESSIONAL.

    I want all teachers to wear red blazers with black buttons, navy trousers and white shirts with open button down collar.
    I THINK IT LOOKS PROFESSIONAL

    I want all NURSES to......wear whatever floats their boat......and be COMFORTABLE....its the deeds not the duds that make a professional.
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  8. by   tinkagain
    When I was in nursing school, they made us wear a professional looking uniform. White pants, button up shirt and a white jacket. I was frequently mistaken for a doctor. The patients that I took care of really thought they were getting the royal treatment, too!
    When I worked in one hospital, everyone wore scrubs. You couldn't tell the housekeeper from the nurse from the kitchen staff. Sigh....
    Maybe there should be some uniformity. (sorry bout the pun)
  9. by   ERNurse752
    You said it, P_RN!

    nurs2b; I know a nurse who wears glitter in her makeup, as well as in her cleavage. (yes, at work!)

    While I think whites and a cap can look professional, it also goes back to a time when nurses had to stand whenever a doctor entered the room.

    I think a nurse's overall appearance and attitude are much more important.

    I only have one jacket with a print on it, all the rest of my scrubs are solid navy or ciel blue...but I always wear crazy socks. And I do confess, I just bought a Betty Boop jacket.

    *Edited to correct sleep deprivation-induced error*
  10. by   hapeewendy
    [QUOTE]Originally posted by ERNurse752
    [B]You said it, P_RN!

    nurs2b; I know a nurse who wears glitter in her makeup, as well as in her cleavage. (yes, at work!)

    hey now, what are you doing looking at my cleavage (again)?????



    now as for the uniform debate, I dont understand why anyone would voluntarily wear whites , okay fine tradition , professionalism yadda yadda but could they have selected a more inappropriate colour?
    whats the colour that shows every spill or bodily fluid stain known to mankind? WHITE
    what colour makes already pale pastey looking nightshift workers look even worse? WHITE
    what colour looks dingy if it isnt always bleached or cleaned super frequently? WHITE
    so there you have it ,my non scientific rationale for NEVER wearing whites
    I also dont partake in cartoon scrubs, if I worked peds I would cuz its appropriate for that setting , but deling on an acute med-surg unit , where we have some very seriously ill people and deal with death on pretty much a daily basis, I would have to say that I would feel like a major A$$ if I was decked out in a tweety bird scrub suit or a wilma flintstone lab coat having to tell a patients family member that their loved one has gone to heaven (real heaven, not cartoon heaven)

  11. by   ERNurse752
    Originally posted by hapeewendy
    hey now, what are you doing looking at my cleavage (again)?????

    [/B]

    Having a naughty nurse fantasy...I just wish you'd wear some whites and a cap.
  12. by   hapeewendy
    Originally posted by ERNurse752
    Having a naughty nurse fantasy...I just wish you'd wear some whites and a cap.

    for you (and for a small fee!)
    anything!



    just for good measure can we throw a cop or a firefighter into the whole naughty nurse fantasy?
    cuz well , a girl has needs you know
  13. by   ERNurse752
    As long as we can take turns with the cop and firefighter.

    Or, we can have two of each, and we each get our own...

    A very interesting concept, this is...all men have had the naughty nurse fantasty. But has anyone ever wondered what the actual naughty nurse herself fantasizes about? Hmmmm...

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