University of Utah Medical Center implements new dress code - page 2

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As had been said here in the past, patients couldn't tell the housekeepers from the nurses. There is another link in the story to the Desert News article.... Read More


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    I am completely for color-coding scrubs. In the hospital where I volunteer it's a free-for-all and I can never tell who's a nurse or who's a tech or who's a CNA or even food service (except to squint for a badge)! It's ridiculous. Additionally, I don't think it's cute at all that a nurse is wearing a Dora the Explorer scrub top in an adult med-surg unit (my small hospital does not even have a peds!) ... Now, in a peds unit I am all for nurses wearing the character tops and all, but not in the adult setting.



    Oh, and PLEASE stay away from the BROWN and YELLOW, they are NOT pleasing colors for hospital scrubs at ALL!
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    ALSO: Who decided that prisoners should wear scrubs?! Every time I see one of those crime documentaries on television I'm shocked to see the "bad guys" wearing scrubs! Navy, orange, tan...whatever happened to those nice striped uniforms they used to wear?

    I fully agree about the cutesy character scrubs outside of the pediatric setting. It seems childish and unprofessional to me to see staff on an adult med/surg floor or in geriatric long-term care wearing Tweety Bird or Hello Kitty.

    We are professionals who are trying (as a profession) to be taken seriously by all the rest of the medical establishment. Betty Boop or Harley Davidson scrubs are not going to get us there.
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    If I have a nursing job I like, am paid well, and treated with respect, I'll wear a burlap sack if that is what's required.
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    Though I don't like it, I agree with the color code system. Patients can get confused and knowing who's wearing what color can alieviate some of the problems. And legally speaking it simplifies things in a law suit or investigation (ex. the lady in green scrubs took my wallet, and let's say green is respiratory.) Btw what is *other* staff? Are they the ones that come out of the basement at night?
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    I prefer whites because bleach is cheap and easy to use! The colored scrubs hold the stains far worse if you ask me.
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    Quote from Paco386

    Oh, and PLEASE stay away from the BROWN and YELLOW, they are NOT pleasing colors for hospital scrubs at ALL!
    Hey now, I have a pair of brown scrubs that is actually a very beatiful color, and I would get a lot of compliments on them. They only stay in my closet now because I gained weight and they don't fit. If (when!) I lose those extra pounds, they'll be the first set I wear!
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    I like brown and yellow.
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    I actually enjoy having a dress code. (We recently went navy or white for RNs) Floating to a new floor and figuring out who to ask for a PIXIS witness is a heck of a lot easier!

    However I still don't understand why there are a crop of food service providers that wear navy blue as well...

    Tait
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    Quote from juliaann
    i like that my hospital's jobs are differentiated between by scrub color. nurses wear navy, cnas wear khaki, rt wears maroon, lab/phlebotomy is royal blue, radiography/sonography is teal, surgery/docs/housekeepers all wear the ceil hospital-issue scrubs, and sometimes docs will wear a non-assigned color, like black or orange scrubs - or business casual and a lab coat.

    it works well for us, and the patients catch on quick who they should ask for what.

    i find this funny. the goal of color coding per title to distinguish employees from each other, but then let's put the docs and housekeepers in the same thing.

    i don't mind the idea of color coding, as long as it isn't white!! bleach may be able to use, yes, but bleach doesn't keep you from being able to see most undergarments, etc, though it. i know there are ways around that, but it's not the easiest thing to do, and i much prefer just being able to get dressed and go.

    i also don't like childish patterns on nurses that work with the adult population. i am not a fan of patterns much in general, or bright and neon colors. i am pretty specific in my taste for the scrubs i buy myself...black or navy pants (and black or navy shoes and socks), dark or plain scrub tops (ie, red, navy, dark purple, gray, etc). i have a couple of patterns that i like, but they're not too loud, like a navy/red/dark green small plaid. some people look great in lighter/pastels, but they're not for me. in neon pink you'd see my arse coming from a mile away.
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    I personally think that the color coding is ridiculous! It reminds me of my days in Catholic school, and it makes me think that we don't have the ability to dress ourselves in the morning...what happened to introducing yourself before you touch your patient? You have to verify who they are before you give them meds or a treatment, don't you? Shouldn't you be telling them who you are and what you will be doing to them?
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