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What's your take on wearing your uniform while you are attending to personal business outside of work...say to Wal-Mart, the local steakhouse, whatever? I think it's gross to trek around in your... Read More

  1. by   caroladybelle
    When I used to work as a clerk/occasional bartender at a liquor store/bar, you should have seen some of the places people would dig cash out from to pay for their booze - they should clerks biohazard bags for the register and gloves to handle the money.

    They weren't kidding when they call it filthy lucre.
  2. by   Lausana
    That is just nasty...it's not like stopping at the gas station or running in to Arby's-but at the Olive Garden!!?? If I was her dinner guest I'd probably offer 1 of my 5 zip up sweatshirts I throw in my car so I wouldn't have to stare at that while I was eating :chuckle
  3. by   Teshiee
    EEEK! That is nasty to be in a restaurant with blood tinged scrubs. Personally with time we lack to take a leak it is easier to go to the store in your scrubs and then go home. I guess you just have to use your discretion.
  4. by   flowerchild
    Hi! Been lurking around a couple of weeks without posting and thought I'd finally post.
    Nurse Angie, You are making assumptions that anyone wearing a scrub is a nurse who has just left the bedside. I am able to wear anything I want to work and choose to wear the scrubs over street clothes. I often go out to eat, shop, pick up kids etc in my scrubs. Why would you assume that I am gross because I'm in my scrubs and having a meal in a public place? I have not been at the bedside nor exposed to infectious diseases. What if I wore my jeans to work that day and then went out to eat? I did the same nursing job, just wore something different, am I still gross?
    Last edit by flowerchild on Jul 17, '02
  5. by   azgirl
    I have done home care where part of the duties might be to run to the store and pick up something my patient needed. I would be breaking the no scrubs in the store rule but not carrying anything nasty with me. The blood though would be quite another matter.
  6. by   WalMart_ADN
    hmm i think they were just talking about the blood stained scrubs as being gross, not scrubs in general being gross.
    and of course your not gross...your an allnurses.com nurse!
  7. by   fergus51
    I don't even put my scrubs in the closet where they can touch my regular clothes. There is a strict devider, same thing with shoes. Maybe it's a little odd, but I don't like my work stuff touching anything else.
  8. by   flowerchild
    Yes, I most certainaly agree that any uniform with body fluids on it is gross! I wouldn't even finish my shift w/o changing into fresh scrubs after they are soiled. In fact anytime I work at the bedside, I change immediatly upon a patients body fluids soiling my uniform. I can't even imagine walking around with blood on my cloths!

    I wear my scrubs all the time to stores and such and never thought anyone thought anything of it until today. The original post asked about seeing scrubs on people in various public places and only mentioned the one incident of seeing a soiled scrub. I took the post more on a gereralization of anyone wearing scrubs outside of the workplace as being yucky and gross. I just wanted to point out that not all nurses wearing scrubs in public have icky germs plastered all over thier front side.
  9. by   NurseAngie
    Originally posted by OBNURSEHEATHER
    On another note, I think it's just as unsafe to stop places before work in your uniform. You're picking things up that you take into work to your patients.


    Heather

    Heather,
    I was thinking the exact same thing about wearing them on your way IN to work....you could bring who knows what in to your patients.


    ~Ang
    Last edit by NurseAngie on Jul 12, '02
  10. by   Love-A-Nurse
    originally posted by nurseangie
    what's your take on wearing your uniform while you are attending to personal business outside of work...say to wal-mart, the local steakhouse, whatever? i think it's gross to trek around in your uniform to the store after you've been taking care of sick patients because of all the nasty things you might have been exposed to on the job. i see a lot of that here. maybe they think they look cute or something. we were out to dinner at the olive garden and right across from us sat a nurse in what looked to be a blood-stained scrub uniform! ugh i know convenience is probably the biggest reason that i see so much of this. it's just icky!

    happy nursing~angie
    i wear mine to pick up a couple of items from the store or i have gone to pay a bill. i rather not stop anywhere. as i am driving home, i am thinking about a shower, sometimes eating and relaxing.
  11. by   NurseAngie
    Originally posted by hoolahan
    I guess I'm as gross as thisnurse. I have gone out to bkft after working nights too. BUT, if my uniform had blood/body fluids on it, I would change immediately, even if I still had to finish my shift.

    I don't get too yuked up in homecare. So, I don't feel as gross going out to the supermarket in my uniform. But I am also a handwashing fanatic, so I am very careful in that way.

    But as far as it looking gross, how do you know that the guy in front of you at the grocery store wasn't unclogging a toilet before he shopped, or someone else didn't wash their hands after using the BR? Just as gross what you can't see!

    Hmmm....a good point, but then again...he wasn't wearing a blood stained uniform while I sat slurping my spaghetti, so it's his own health at risk for not washing his hands. I just kept telling myself "it's probably iodine spilled on her top" and tried not to look at her. IT LOOKED GROSS. Maybe a clean lab coat worn over her scrubs wouldn't have bothered me so much.
    I just started noticing women (never any men for some reason, but we do have many male nurses in our area) wearing their work clothes in the stores and restaurants here. I was wondering if it was the new "in" fashion here. I know convenience is probably the reason that I have seen so much of this, I was just curious what other health professionals had to say. :imbar

    Happy Nursing~Angie
  12. by   Rustyhammer
    I won't even fill up my gas tank in my scrubs.
    I just don't feel comfy in my whites anyplace but work.
    -Russell
  13. by   NurseAngie
    Originally posted by flowerchild

    I wear my scrubs all the time to stores and such and never thought anyone thought anything of it until today. The original post asked about seeing scrubs on people in various public places and only mentioned the one incident of seeing a soiled scrub. I took the post more on a gereralization of anyone wearing scrubs outside of the workplace as being yucky and gross. I just wanted to point out that not all nurses wearing scrubs in public have icky germs plastered all over thier front side. [/B]

    In my original post I was just telling about an experience that I had while dining out with my husband on our second night back stateside and the woman sitting directly in front of our table was wearing a clearly soiled unform. My impression of that wasn't a good one. Since I have been back for several months now, I have seen many health workers shopping and dining while in their work uniforms.
    I was wondering what other health professionals thought of this. Infection control comes to my mind when I say that in my personal opinion that it is "icky" (my exact word) and it's gross if the uniform is dirty. I don't mean to say that YOU as a person are icky or gross. :kiss Another kind poster has already set me straight by telling me what I can not see is as gross as what I can. (No argument there! I can not see MRSA with my eyeballs. ) I thank you for pointing out that "not all nurses wearing scrubs in public have icky germs plastered all over their front side". I will keep that in mind when I encounter the masses in uniform at Walmart.

    Angie
    Last edit by NurseAngie on Jul 12, '02

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