I have been a nurse for 1.5 years and I am now finishing my BSN in a few weeks! Working on a rather large presentation to a health system, posing as a nurse consultant invited to solve or 'fine-tune' a current issue within the health system pertaining to nursing (among other interdisciplinaries.) I chose an item I discovered on a mock JCAHO survey- an OB nurse was wearing crocks with holes in them- no shoe covers. I need resources, medical and evidence based practice, concerning hospital staff attire.....more specifically recommendations concerning footwear (crocks, clogs, etc.) Any research?
My plan is to revise the current HR plicy regarding this item to include no crocks with holes and no clogs without heel-straps, and (via OSHA standards) PPE- shoecovers- to be worn on all clinical floors where anticipated blood and body fluid exposure potential exists, right down to starting IVs.
Direction is much appreciated.