What is the point of a uniform? - page 4

I don't understand what the point is. Many nurses wear scrubs, whites, pants with polos, all colors, patterns, prints, animals, cartoon animals, many styles. Many nurses wear their personal jackets... Read More

  1. by   Faeriewand
    Quote from jjjoy
    That seems like an odd policy. I can understand a dress code of 'dressy casual' or no low-rider jeans, but scrubs only? For lecture? What am I missing? I don't suppose they require that the scrubs are ironed? Cuz a set of crumpled scrubs doesn't look any more professional than jeans.
    Well think about it. How do students dress at school? What do girls wear? How much skin shows? Or is it only in Southern California that skin is in? LOL

    The final straw I understand was when they had to ask a girl to put some clothes on because they just couln't conduct lab the way she was dressed. Other students complained. Sheesh! You would think everyone knows how to dress but they don't. The staff said they didn't like spaghetti straps and low rise jeans at school.
  2. by   P_RN
    This topic tumbles to the top more and more frequently.

    UNIFORM=Clothing of distinctive design worn by members of a particular group as a means of identification,

    Always the same; showing a single form or character in all occurrences.

    Unless you are all lined up wearing the SAME style, color, shape of clothing, you are not wearing a UNIFORM.
    Workwear would be a more precise name for what we are to wear.

    Someone needs to step up to the plate and set boundaries. That is if they want consistency.

    I started wearing a student uniform....looked like a row of little blue ducks we did.

    For the next 20+ years white was the word, finally about the late 70s we could wear trousers (also white).

    So workwear for nurses either needs advocates of one style/color etc or we are going to have to content ourselves with the image of Sairy Gamp 21st century.
  3. by   Calgon-take.me.away
    We are permitted to wear any type of scrub as ling as it is clean, neat and professional. Shoes, same thing. I work in a small LTC, so everyone knows everyone else and what Dept they work in. We do have "dress down" days, especially if the Steelers are haviing a big game (GO Ben!!) In the summer, we are permitted to wear knee length shorts, closed toe shoes.

    I prefer non snap or button scrub tops. Once while wearing a snap scrub top, I was leaving the room and my top got caught on the door latch and HELLO!!!, everything in plain view. What an embarrassing moment in my professional career.

    I prefer scrubs, myself. I deal with MRSA, VRE, C-Diff to name a few of the most popular. Home, strip and shower immediately.
  4. by   jjjoy
    Quote from Faeriewand
    Well think about it. How do students dress at school? What do girls wear? How much skin shows? Or is it only in Southern California that skin is in? LOL The staff said they didn't like spaghetti straps and low rise jeans at school.
    Have they yet run across the problem of low-rider scrub bottoms and too-tight, low V-neck scrub tops?
  5. by   DIXIE B WADE
    I wear scrubs colorful cute ones, I work telephone triage but it helps just


    oo have clothes ready to go all the time. I can also wear street clothes (no

    denim). If I worked another area in our hospital system I would dress in

    scrubs . Besides I wear a badge with a 1inch bright blue R.N. on it. Non pt

    care employees don't wear scrubs.:smilecoffeecup:
  6. by   pagandeva2000
    My hospital is attempting to obtain magnet status, and how, we are supposed to wear white pants with pastel tops...and they MEAN PASTELS. Personally, I hate the idea. I know that traditionally, nurses wore white, but it was never my thing and I am a recently licensed nurse. Between it being that time of the month, or being exposed to things that damage my white uniform within minutes of walking into work, I find I don't care for the white uniform, personally. But, if this is what the job wants, this is what they get...me wearing white every day and cringing silently.

    I don't think that white makes one a better nurse or improves job performance. It is the person, not what they are wearing. To me, as long as the uniform is clean and not too tacky with wild colors, it is fine.
  7. by   RN BSN 2009
    if you look like you just rolled out of bed, the patient and manager assumes that you did
  8. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from iceyspots
    if you look like you just rolled out of bed, the patient and manager assumes that you did
    We have many that look like that, and are still wearing white. I think that if the uniform is clean and pressed, the color should not be the main issue. I can understand your point, though...no patient would feel confident with a person looking like they just got out of bed touching them...I wouldn't, either.
  9. by   mandasueRN
    The hospital I work in is also trying to achieve magnet status, and a year or so ago (before I went to work there) they changed the dress code. Since then, all nurses--LPN or RN--who work in direct patient care wear white--tops and bottoms. The only exception are nurses in the OR and perinatal. At first I thought, yuck, not white! I'll be lucky if I make it out of the house without getting something on me. Also, I work in the ER of a Level I trauma center, and you know there are just some stains you can never get out. However, I have come to like wearing white--when I step foot on the hospital campus, everyone one there knows that I am a nurse. Patients know for sure who their nurses are. The only complaint I have is that actually it can be difficult sometimes to find white scrubs, since so many have such an aversion to wearing white, many of the local uniform shops don't stock alot of white scrubs.

    I believe we are all professionals and we should look like it. I see to many people out there who look like they just rolled out of the bed, scrubs and all. I don't see anything wrong with an employer asking you to wear a certain uniform.
  10. by   pagandeva2000
    I don't see anything wrong with a facility telling employees what to wear, either, but I do have opinions about it, and from a personal perspective, I don't care for it. If they actually had a vote tomorrow about it, I would say do away with them. I prefer solid colors, may it be pastel or otherwise. Maybe the jungle prints and denim scrubs can be done without, but again, to me, it is not just the uniform. I have seen neat, crisp nurses with the compassion of a viper snake.
  11. by   em_elle
    well first thing first... they're for identification purposes... few don't comply though that's why others may feel like being deviant as well...
    unfair though to those who wear appropriate uniform coz that cause them being unfashionable enough or some bucks for buying those(hospitals finance some, i think)yea... i know... Speak for myself!!!!

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