uniforms are killing us - page 4

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   zudy
    I am like Stevielynn,I like all the prints, but rarely wear them myself. I am more of a navy/ceil blue with white lab coat, but I like seeing other peoples prints. In the ED where I used to work, one of the nurse managers I had managed to get our ED repainted and redecorated in "jewel tones" (dark red and green),and insisted that we all have scrubs to match! We looked like a bunch of demented Christmas elves! Luckily,she didn't last very long.
  2. by   ShandyLynnRN
    I love the printed tops! Cartoon carachters or not. I have heard many an adult say that they like the bright tops. THey have also said that the tops are cheerful and take out the monotony of a hospital stay.

    And I must add that I don't iron my scrubs! I tried a few times, but I could never tell the difference between the ones I pressed and the ones straight out of the dryer.
  3. by   WalMart_ADN
    Kristy..... yes i work in peds...grown up's scare me!

    and I only wash them if there are visible stains on them..... :chuckle job security ya know....
  4. by   tonchitoRN
    I prefer to wear whites because it is the only uniform i can wash in bleach. i want to be sure to kill all those nasty bugs that come home with me.
  5. by   RNforLongTime
    I currently work in an adult ICU. We wear hospital provided scrubs that are that seafoam green color. In ICU, I think white would be totally inappropriate, especially a Trauma unit such as mine. I'd come home looking like I'd lost a War!!!

    One hospital that I used to work required all nurses to wear either all white, ciel blue, purple or burgundy. Only nurses that worked in Peds were allowed to wear print srub tops/jackets. I remember one nurse wore white. Her uniforms were that dingy white, almost grey color from too many washings. She wore old dirty shoes, her hair was in her face and her uniforms were wrinkled. Is THAT professional dress? I don't think so.

    White is too hard to keep white. After washing white clothing in bleach, it starts to turn yellowish after awhile. Uniforms are expensive to begin with. I'd go through about 300 dollars worth a year if I was required to wear white.

    Last facility I worked at allowed us to wear whatever color/print we liked. I received many a compliment from my elderly patients on my Precious Moments jacket or my Valentines Day jacket. It allows me to express myself while maintaining professionalism.

    Currently my hair is short, I removed my acrylic nails (which only extended 1/4 inch beyond my fingertips) and well I can't help the fact that the hospital provided scrubs are wrinkled. I introduce myself to my patients as their nurse, even to the ones who are unconscious. I always wear my namebadge. Who cares what color my scrubs are?
  6. by   bossynurse
    I donnot think that the public views us as unprofessional because we choose to wear scrubs with prints. Not one patient has negatively commented on it. We send out pt surveys to all discharged patients. They complain about some pretty lame things but never our choice in wear.
  7. by   Ortho_RN
    Originally posted by bossynurse
    I donnot think that the public views us as unprofessional because we choose to wear scrubs with prints. Not one patient has negatively commented on it. We send out pt surveys to all discharged patients. They complain about some pretty lame things but never our choice in wear.
    And we have actually had people write on them how much they like the variations in the uniforms... How they fell the cheery uniforms help them feel better....

    And I would wear a SpongeBob scrub top, and I don't work on a Peds unit...

    As far as getting nurses and aides confused.. that is why our name tags have LPN, RN, PCA.. And we also have a board in each room where we write who the nurse and aide is for that shift...
  8. by   researchrabbit
    I work in research with all different groups. We wear scrubs here; and I wear the flakey ones. My patients, docs and coworkers love them. I think the flamboyant prints put people at ease. Certainly avoids the "white coat syndrome"!

    I think your attitude, knowledge, behavior, and interpersonal skills go a very long way toward how you are viewed as a professional. The only times someone assumes I'm something other than a nurse, they think I'm a doctor. Even in the silly scrubs.
  9. by   askater11
    Originally posted by bossynurse
    I donnot think that the public views us as unprofessional because we choose to wear scrubs with prints. Not one patient has negatively commented on it. We send out pt surveys to all discharged patients. They complain about some pretty lame things but never our choice in wear.
    We send out survey's too. We only get a selected few to read.

    The only time I hear the publics views about uniform's is from the patients on the floor. And they say they don't know ...an aide from a R.N. Do you ever hear that?
  10. by   Disablednurse
    In LTC where I worked, the admin staff could wear any color, style, print they wanted. Unit nurses/staff nurses could wear solid colors. Residents liked them. Also helped keep you from looking so bad by the end of the day.
  11. by   mattsmom81
    If patients comment about what nurses WEAR on satisfaction surveys I fear what that says about how we are viewed and what else they want from us now.... What are we, the 'entertainment' now?? <sigh> What next, a song and dance number with those fries?

    Suffice it to say I don't go to work to provide the public with everything they might 'want' from me as that's not what I'm there for.

    I don't think the cutesy pie scrubs in adult settings help our professional image one little bit...IMO may harm it. Same with pink hair, tongue rings, fake sparkly nails, visible tatoos and body piercings, and the various other oddities I see today on nurses.

    JMHO.
  12. by   MrsK1223
    I personally don't care for a lot of cartoon characters on scrubs unless you are on peds. But there are some out there like the Hello Kitty ones that I like but don't own. I do prefer solids but am very particular about the prints I choose. I love color!!! Gotta have color...I wear red, hot pink, hunter green, royal blue, pool blue. I'm getting ready to order a Betty Boop scrub in black and white. To me the difference is how it's put together, neat, no wrinkles, hair fixed nice, not looking like you just rolled out of bed, clean shoes, appropriate jewelry. I even wear some khakis with a white T-shirt and white professional lab coat sometimes. And the way you carry yourself when interacting with patients goes a long way with making a professional impression.
    I certainly don't want to be made to wear any certain color or kind of uniform, that would be stifiling.
  13. by   grneyes676
    I dont mind colorful/printed scrubs...I usually wear solid color scrubs with a printed jacket. I have some that I can wear anytime and those for certain holidays..Christmas, halloween, etc.......Some of the prints look hideous (sp?) on me but great on others. Oh, as for fingernails, mine are short...we have a hospital policy against fake nails for those involved in pt care..not all comply with this.

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