Nursing school uniforms and their fate after school - page 2

A nurse asked me last night about my plans for my white Danskos after school, and I hadn't really thought about it. I'm kinda thinking I may have an artist friend of mine ink them up for me, but I... Read More

  1. by   ellaballet
    My school scrubs have my name and graduation year on them! Unless I can find someone in the next cohort with the same first name and last initial on them...they're going in the trash lol.

    I'll rewear my bottoms though. And keep rewearing my white nursemates. Ugly work shoes don't bother me.
  2. by   morte
    If they are embroidered, it can be "picked off" and redone, if the quality of fabric merits the work...
    Quote from ellaballet
    My school scrubs have my name and graduation year on them! Unless I can find someone in the next cohort with the same first name and last initial on them...they're going in the trash lol.

    I'll rewear my bottoms though. And keep rewearing my white nursemates. Ugly work shoes don't bother me.
  3. by   RN9742
    I will probably keep them around for a bit, maybe I'll give them to a friend who will be starting in the fall. I will keep my cap and a patch as mementos. My white shoes are pretty worn out at this point, I'm really needing a new pair, but no way I want to spend the money this close to being done!
  4. by   elkpark
    My diploma school had v. distinctive uniforms (dresses) that couldn't be used for anything else. They were also not cheap. Many of us sold our student uniforms to incoming students, and I'm sure that some of the uniforms passed down through several "generations" of students before they were finally retired.
  5. by   HelloWish
    If you donate your uniform to the school you are graduating from, then someone who can't afford to pay for uniforms will have something to use. I am sure they can find a way to work around a patch with a name.
    Last edit by HelloWish on Mar 3, '14
  6. by   CT Pixie
    My LPN uniform was horrid. It never fit right..my top (the smallest they had) was so terribly baggy..the bottoms were even worse..I'm very petite..and even the 'petites' were so long, had them hemmed..could have had another pair a decent fitting top with the fabric cut off the pant. Those too were very very baggy.

    I use those when bumming around the house or cleaning.

    My RN school uniform fit much much better (and cost much more). I donated the tops to a friend of mine who is having hard times (not much I could do with them, they were embroidered). The bottoms I kept and still wear.

    My White Dansko's..I got those while working as an LPN during my LPN to RN program. Still have them, still wear them.
  7. by   classicdame
    classmates burned the uniforms - all white - after pinning ceremony. Shoes were delegated to garden shoe category.
  8. by   hls0810
    Our uniforms are sooo bad! They are these denim button down shirts and the old style navy blue straight leg pants. Oh and don't forget the white blazer lab coat!
    Our uniforms are so ugly and expensive that we all leave them in a box after our senior year so incoming freshman that can grab a shirt or lab coat.
  9. by   ShakeItOff0515
    Several graduating students sold their uniforms to incoming students. I'll probably do the same. I'll keep the shoes as a back-up pair but probably won't wear them on a regular basis.
  10. by   sMoLsNurse
    My uniform ripped in various places as I only bought one for clinicals. So I most likely won't be wearing it again. I also have white nursing shoes, not Danskos but cheaper ones. I really would like a nice pair of Danskos for working.
  11. by   RunBabyRN
    Quote from lorirn2b
    Why wouldn't you use them when you are nursing?
    I'm just not into the all-white shoes. That's why I want to alter them in a way that I like and continue wearing them.
  12. by   dt70
    Keep the shoes and have them custom dyed for your personality. Much better than in a closet for sentimental reasons.
    Pay it forward on the uniform and any items that's only good for school.
  13. by   FlyingScot
    We decorated ours with paint and glitter, paraded through the hospital and ended up on the top floor of the nursing school (6 stories) and threw our caps (yes caps) off the roof gleefully cheering as they got run over by the cars below!!!

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