Professional in scrubs? - page 4

Hello, I just flipped through the April AJN and came across an interesting article r/t history of RN uniforms. An interesting point was made, that although new scrubs are cheaper, easier to take... Read More

  1. by   Truly_Blessed
    Man o man, I'm not a nurse yet....but I hope this never happens. I'm already looking forward to wearing scrubs because that's what I am so used to seeing. In all of the hospitals in my city...you can definately tell the difference between nurses and other staff...although they all wear scrubs. I think with the nurses I have had to deal with...they have carried themselves in a different manner from the other staff. Even their appearance: hair, makeup(if any), etc. seems to be more polished. Say no to dresses! please! BTW, I think after I finish nursing school, I will continue purchasing scrubs that are very similair to our school uniforms. I adore them, and they look polished, and I feel they are very professional. Everyone else I have talked to seems to feel the same way.
    Last edit by Truly_Blessed on May 19, '04
  2. by   Energizer Bunny
    White...hmmmm...who's gonna clean it for me? Cuz it sure ain't gonna be me! LOL!
  3. by   Kora0880
    ONCE AGAIN WHO SAID ANYTHING ABOUT WHITE OR DRESSES? SIMPLY- SOMETHING MORE PROFESSIONAL THAN SCRUBS. SO PLEASE READ BEFORE YOU ANSWER
    Last edit by Kora0880 on May 4, '04
  4. by   FutureNurse2005
    I have to say that scrubs are more comfortable and more practical for nursing. What other options are there? Skirts/dresses are just impractical, being dolled up in dress pants/blouses is impractical...so what are we left with?
    Nomatter what we wear, people will always be complaining. At least with scrubs we have variety in colors/prints/styles. It doesnt get much better than that!
  5. by   ARmickie
    I certainly hope this is not something that the PTB ever seriously consider. It's a well known fact that when you are comfortable, you will perform much better, regardless of the profession. I just can't see nurses being able to stretch in the ways that are required with the restriction of some type of hem-line. The color white.. well, if that's your personal choice, I say go with it. It's not for me, though. The way I see it, if you want the pressed and starched uniform look, go for it!! Make yourself silly with glee if it suits you. However, there are so many various circumstances to take into consideration when it comes to the various jobs of different units, that I just can't see one uniform being mandated. For example, a NICU nurse wouldn't exactly be having to possibly half way crawl up on a bed to transfer a patient like one in the ED might.
    Perhaps if the name badges were color coded, and patients all had the dry erase board in the room where the nurse could write his/her name at each shift in the proper color code that might help. I don't know.
    I can't say that I would NOT choose nursing if I had to wear a certain thing, as the fashion aspect of it isn't why I'm choosing the career! However, I think if something IS mandated, it needs to be unisex and take into consideration all factors.. not just what someone else deems "professional". If wearing a white dress or whatever makes you feel professional, then by all means, do so. I, personally, prefer to wait until someone opens their mouth and can carry on an intelligent conversation with me and shows through their actions before I deem this person to be, or not to be, a professional. JMO
  6. by   Ned the Red
    I think I speak for all the guys when I say we'll take a pass on the dresses, hats, and especially the panty hose. But, what about scrubs with a white lab coat? Lots of pockets for all the gear and you can always take it off if the going gets too messy....
  7. by   emilyann
    I agree, there is no way I'd wear those dresses - it seems though that there are lots of cute scrubs and prints, if you are in a hospital that will let you wear them. Some places designate a specific color per unit - I like wearing the new cute tops with prints, the softer the better, like peaches makes. with the long hours, comfortable is best. besides, scrubs still speak to what profession we are, or at least that's what I think.
  8. by   Kora0880
    It seems like most of you are missing the point. What I am suggesting is once again: SOMETHING COMFORTABLE- meaning as comforable as scrub, NOT DRESSES, NOT WHITE, NO CAPS and most of all PROFESSIONAL LOOKING. Maybe this will help you forget the biased nurse look and get it out of you head
  9. by   fergus51
    But what would the uniforms be?
  10. by   smk1
    Quote from Ned the Red
    I think I speak for all the guys when I say we'll take a pass on the dresses, hats, and especially the panty hose. But, what about scrubs with a white lab coat? Lots of pockets for all the gear and you can always take it off if the going gets too messy....
    exactly what i said earlier! i love having extra pockets and if it is light weight material and cna be short or long sleeved you won't be any hotter than if you were wearing a regular shirt.
  11. by   twarlik
    At the hospital I am an extern at, the RN's all have a large badge that hangs just below their name tag that says "RN" in big black letters. It's VERY easy for the patients to tell who is a nurse and who is not.
    As for looking professional...I think scrubs CAN look professional. The problem I've seen is that people wear nasty, old, wrinkled scrubs to work and don't even get me started on those scrubs with cartoon characters! I can definitely see where you're coming from, Kora.
  12. by   Energizer Bunny
    Quote from Kora0880
    ONCE AGAIN WHO SAID ANYTHING ABOUT WHITE OR DRESSES? SIMPLY- SOMETHING MORE PROFESSIONAL THAN SCRUBS. SO PLEASE READ BEFORE YOU ANSWER
    There is absolutely NO reason to yell! I wasn't even responding to you...I was responding to others who have brought up white uniforms. This is insulting.
  13. by   studentnurse74
    Quote from Kora0880
    Hello,
    I just flipped through the April AJN and came across an interesting article r/t history of RN uniforms. An interesting point was made, that although new scrubs are cheaper, easier to take care of and maybe more comfortable there is a big problem with them: We all look alike, nurses, PCT/CNA, respiratory techs, housekeepers, etc. Patients have a difficult time distinguishing among healthcare professionals, and so do we.
    Personally I do believe we should go back to nursing uniforms-it's a great tradition, maybe aside from the cap :chuckle We are professionals and our uniform is our singnature, after all if we respect it others may too. Now don't get me wrong, I do not wish to be looking like Florence, but a new, professional, clean cut design would do it for me. (Maybe that's why I'm going to the military? )

    What do you think?
    I agree that in some doctor's offices and hospitals it's confusing when employees where scrubs of every color! I worked at a hospital where nurses wore blue, cna's wore mauve, surgery teal, etc. It made it a little nicer.

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