Lab coats - page 2

Are you required to buy a lab coat for your program? I'm really just curious because it never crossed my mind that I would need one, and I've never seen a nurse wearing one. Do you wear it for... Read More

  1. by   chanteurdelamour
    In my program we had the option to purchase lab coats, but they weren't required. No one ever wore one, so I doubt anyone even bought one. Not sure what clinical prep is either because we never had that. Our assignments and patient reports were given to us when we showed up for clinical.
  2. by   Jaynie_Marie
    We need to have one (there is a choice between two styles that the bookstore offers), but I'm not sure yet when we will need to wear them....guess I'm going to find out when classes start next month.
  3. by   RNwannabeCNM
    My program required that we have lab coats. We had to wear them to the for lab classes and in the simulation lab. They were also optional on the floor in clinical if we were cold.
  4. by   sgort201
    In our program we are required to go the the hospital the day before our clinical session and get out patient assignment. We are to look at the pt's charts and learn everything we can about why they are there, their current care planning, procedures they have had done or are planned, and look up all of their medications. Then we go home and do a write up on the patient that we must show to our clinical instructors prior to the start of the next day's clinical session. The write up includes our nursing diagnoses for the pt and our planned interventions. Of course this can change by the time we get to clinical (the pt's condition may change or they may get discharged), but this is what we are required to do in our program.
    We are allowed to wear street clothes when we go to the hospital to do this (business professional) but we are required to wear our lab coats to identify us as students.
    This is what I meant by clinical prep.
  5. by   kaydensmom01
    We had to purchase one also. We used them for clinical prep, for simulations, and for attending a few seminars.
  6. by   ames86
    In my program we have lab coats. We have to wear them when we wear our uniforms. So we wear them for lab, clinical prep, and clinical days. Once we are on our clinical floor we can remove them, but if we leave the floor we have to wear them. I hate lab coats. We have to wear white ones and they look like the doctors lab coats at my hospital. A lot of the guys in my class have been ask if they were doctors.
  7. by   SopranoKris
    We're allowed to wear a lab coat over our street clothes in lieu of scrubs for sim lab only. Otherwise, we have to wear the standard uniform. I have a lab coat from completing my phlebotomy certification, so I'll just use that on sim lab days.
  8. by   jlc128
    My program that I am starting in the fall we are required to get a lab coat, I didn't know this prior to them telling me either! Good luck!
  9. by   SoldierNurse22
    We had lab coats in school and at one of the hospitals where I worked. At least, the Navy could wear them. I was always jealous because I tend to be cold and I'd never turn down an extra layer!
  10. by   dotoriffic
    My school requires them, too.
  11. by   green34
    We have them but I have never seen anyone wear one nor know anyone who ordered them. I see instructors with them. Some nurses will wear them in the ER because it's cold.
  12. by   bagface
    Quote from sgort201
    We are required to purchase lab coats. The only time we use them is for clinical prep. We cannot wear our scrubs since we are not actually on the floor but they identify us to the staff as people who can be using the computers.

    Same here.
  13. by   blackvans1234
    Are you guys talking about lab coats, or nursing jackets?

    Lab coat:

    Nursing Jacket:

    It's all about the length

    At my school, you can get a nursing jacket (white) if you want, but it's not very lab coat looking.
    We are forbidden to wear our clinical uniforms to the college (they have germs on them)