uniforms are killing us - page 17

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   RebeccaJeanRN
    Quote from mjlrn97
    Not all nurses are ANA members, nor do they necessarily want to be, so the insignia wouldn't work for everyone. And I've said this before, but I'll repeat it: Starched white uniforms are uncomfortable, they are unflattering to most figures and almost impossible to find in large sizes, they stain terribly, and they project an image which harkens back to the days when nurses were merely assistants to the physician, not professional people in their own right.

    No thanks..........I wear street clothes to work, so this doesn't really pertain to me anymore, but I've worn probably every sort of modern nursing outfit on the market, and I'd quit before going back to starched white.
    I think my comfy white 'scrub' idea, complete with some colored trim & special insignia that only licensed nurses could use, just got morphed into a "stiff starched white" uniform...

    (but at least i jumped up in time to catch that pie...yumm...my favorite too...Pecan! :wink2: )

    ...
  2. by   KaroSnowQueen
    I like the prints, although I am not much on cartoon characters. Only have one top with Pooh and Friends Christmas on it. All the rest of mine are landscape type prints. I think having the freedom to wear whatever I want to is very uplifting.
    I used to work at a place that had prescribed colors for each floor and type of nursing personnel and it was so boring. And NO ONE that didn't work there had any idea who was who, the color coding so people would know who the nurse was, did NOT work.
  3. by   PANurseRN1
    The day I would have to wear a uniform with the ANA insignia on it is the day I quit nursing...then and there.
  4. by   VivaLasViejas
    Quote from RebeccaJeanRN
    I think my comfy white 'scrub' idea, complete with some colored trim & special insignia that only licensed nurses could use, just got morphed into a "stiff starched white" uniform...

    (but at least i jumped up in time to catch that pie...yumm...my favorite too...Pecan! :wink2: )

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    Sorry, didn't mean to throw a pie at you.........I'd rather keep all that pecan goodness to myself!:wink2:

    Comfy scrubs would be OK (I STILL hate white though, and not just because I look like an appropriate mate for the Pillsbury Doughboy in it). And the ANA shouldn't have anything to do with it---not all RNs are affiliated, nor should we have to be in order to purchase and/or wear this theoretical uniform. But that's a topic for a whole 'nother thread, which not incidentally has been beaten to death elsewhere............:uhoh21:
  5. by   yumaRN1990
    I agree, I feel as long as we dress professionally, it should not matter if we wear cutesy tops or not. On our floor we can wear print tops but we have to wear soild colored bottoms. Our hospital tried to get us to all wear one color on each floor. Each floor picking thier colors, however, the hospital was not willing to pay for them. So guess what? That got voted down real fast.
  6. by   mmurphy
    I agree 100%!! The print, colorful, and crazy scrubs look ridiculous.

    With the exception of pediatric nurses, uniforms need to be standardized. It would certainly bring more of the much needed dignity to professional nursing.

    When we wear clown pajamas to work, we shouldn't expect the public to look up to us a trained and knowledgeable professionals.
  7. by   Jo Dirt
    I was going to say how much I agree with the cartoon print tops looking ridiculous on adults, but then I stopped and looked down at the Winnie the Pooh Christmas top that is a part of my regular uniform....even in the middle of the summer........
    Last edit by Jo Dirt on Oct 1, '06
  8. by   MultipurposeRN
    When I worked the units and floors we wore the same color scrubs but could wear a print jacket. The patients always enjoyed a bright, colorful jacket. They said it brightened things up and it was nice not to see the same blah colors day in and day out.
  9. by   MultipurposeRN
    But the onus should not be on the patient to "figure out" who is the nurse.
    We have wax boards where the CNA's write who the RN and the aide is for the day, we have photo ID nametags, and we always introduce ourselves as the patients' nurse.
  10. by   brattyone
    Glad to have happened across this topic. I'm getting tired of seeing nurses that seem to be totally unaware or possibly don't care about their appearance. There is a difference between patterns. I'm not against different styles, but gaudiness seems to be growing! Am I old school or what? When did dirty nasty shoes come into fashion or are they no longer considered part of the uniform? It grosses me out!
  11. by   maryshome8
    Quote from mamason
    You do make some good points in your post. I would go for the one exceptable color that would identify us as nurses. But, does it have to be white? Especially for women, white can be a nuisance at times if you get my drift?
    Oh gosh...would you believe that actually terrifies me? Who came up with white to start with?

    My mother told me a funny story about a nurse that wore a pair of underwear that had "smartass" printed on the rear...and apparently didn't know it as showing through her uniform.
  12. by   Princess74
    Personally I do not mind the printed tops, in fact I like them. I think that the cartoon ones are the best to wear for Peds. It make them less scared of us. I don't think that housekeepers etc.. should be allowed to wear scrubs. JMO
  13. by   mamason
    Quote from maryshome8
    Oh gosh...would you believe that actually terrifies me? Who came up with white to start with?

    My mother told me a funny story about a nurse that wore a pair of underwear that had "smartass" printed on the rear...and apparently didn't know it as showing through her uniform.
    Now:roll that's funny!

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