Has Anyone Else Heard This Rumor? - page 2

I heard what I think is a rumor today. A classmate of mine said that her husband told her that a federal law has been passed today 1-11-05 that all student nurses nation wide must wear all white. ... Read More

  1. by   Sheba817
    In my area, nurses wore white for years and years. This whole region was accustomed to seeing nurses in white which set them apart from nurse aides, housekeeping and such. Then 10 years ago or more, the hospitals wanted all persons in the same color.....purpose? So the community would NOT notice the shortage of nursing staff. There are some facilities who requre nurses to wear only white as part of their code of dress....don't know of any Law requiring such. However, this doesn't indicate that such a law has been considered.
  2. by   TifRN2B
    I know at my school... the student nurses have to wear all white at clinical. The nurses on the floor can where all different kinds of scrubs...so I think it makes us stand out as students. I think it's just a college policy...not a federal law. But who knows.
  3. by   nurse2be2007
    I like the idea of the white shirt with hospital logo and RN on it, with the dark navy pants, but I will NOT wear a dress! I mean, as a student I will do what I have to do to get through school but once I am an RN no one is going to make me wear a dress! I dont care what color scrubs they put me in, as long as it isnt a DRESS!!!!! NO DRESS NO DRESS lol. I will search high a low for a position that does not require a DRESS. hehehe

    Ok so now that I am finished with my little anti-dress rant, let me just say that I agree that some hospitals have become to lax with the dress code. I have seen too many nurses, docs and support staff looking a little less than professional. I think a certain dress code wouldnt hurt anyone, but I dont think ALL white is the answer either. If that is the case, I will taking a 5 day leave of absence once a month for the duration of my baby bearing years.

    I say, NO WHITE, NO DRESSES!
  4. by   CSLee3
    That is about the stupidest rumor perpatrated!!!
    Healthcare is the USA is privatized and cannot be told what to wear....please, whats next, solid yellow for McDonalds employees or Black for Jiffy Lube centers......"If it sounds stupid, it probably is"......Bill Clinton
  5. by   studentNY
    It KILLS me when I go into an office and EVERYONE is in scrubs. If you only answer the phones, you need not make all the children think you are a nurse. I could go on and on.......
  6. by   FocusRN
    Okay in response to the OP, I don't think that it is likely, and doubt law makers would ever waste time on something so trivial.

    Next, at the school that I am planning on going to they have a specifc uniform that has to be brought from the school. It identifies you as a student, which I think is smart. Another nursing school down here does the same thing.

    And last, nurses as well as other healthcare professionals should be able to wear whatever they please scrub wise. The only requirement that there should be , which by the way should be obvious, is that they wear a company id, with there name and ther position (i.e. RN, LPN, Surgical Tech, ect.). As long as that is in place what is the point of having a position specific uniform. It is not only a waste of energy for everyone involved, it can be more costly, and more of a headache. So how about everyone were any time of medical scrubs they want, and their id tag in plain site? And as for receptionists wearing, scrubs, I can see why they do it, germs and bacteria float through the air too, and I know I would rather have them on scrubs that I only wear to work, rather than on business attire that I may wear somewhere else.
  7. by   abundantjoy07
    I think that's all it is...a rumor. At me school we have to wear all white during clinicals in the hospitals... the only exception is for our psych rotation. We have to wear our khaki's and red polos. Don't most nursing schools have students wearing white anyway?
  8. by   wonderbee
    At my facility, only nurses are permitted to wear white. It's not mandated that they do, but it is mandated that everyone else does not.
  9. by   MaggieJo
    With the way the nursing laws are now in the U.S.A., it wouldn't be possible for this to be true. Each state makes its own rules and regulations regarding nursing, therefore I do not see how there could, or for that matter, would, be a federal law regarding nursing students. Although, on a personal level, I wish that nursing rules and regulations were on the federal level instead of the state level, but that is for another post.
    -Maggie
  10. by   stbernardclub
    Good for your hospital.Makes a whole lot of sense to me
    Quote from lil' girl
    We do here and so do the nurses, don't know if it is law, but people were having problems deciding who was the nurse and who was the CNA because of all the scrubs, so all hospital and nursing homes make nurses wear white now. Dr office can still wear scrubs far as I know
  11. by   katiebugg
    Quote from Jen2
    I heard what I think is a rumor today. A classmate of mine said that her husband told her that a federal law has been passed today 1-11-05 that all student nurses nation wide must wear all white. Has anyone else heard this? I tried to do a search to find any info about this to see if it was true and couldn't find anything.
    I am begining a nursing program in a few days, and I was told that we must wear all white--100% white. I don't know if that is a law, but surely mandatory for me.
  12. by   CHATSDALE
    Congress has done some dumb things.....but nothing this dumb
  13. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    I heard on one of the main news channels there is a "universal uniform" (for nurses) sweeping hospitals around the country. It was only a small blog, and I can't find reference to it anywhere. It was just saying that many hospitals around the country are converting the nurses over to a universal uniform so that you can walk into any hospital and know who the RN's are. It didn't say all white, nor did it say it is, was, or even going to be a Federal law.

    I'm with Nurse2be2007. NO DRESSES!! ...and I feel the same with white pants. Give me a comfortable white T-Shirt, with a hospital logo, and RN on it, but let me have dark pants. PLEASEEEEEE!

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