Professional in scrubs? - page 6

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   SmilingBluEyes
    I think you have your concensus, kora.
  2. by   Energizer Bunny
    Would have been a good poll!
  3. by   1guy2pups
    All white uniforms?? They are really inconvenient when they are exposed to the four P's - puke, poop, pee, and puss.

    There have been times I was very grateful for colored scrubs. They don't show the mess as much. Yuck.

    I agree that uniformity of color is a very good way to differentiate between the nursing roles. There are many times when I can't figure out who is the RN or the cafeteria worker.
  4. by   Kingbandit
    Quote from RNKittyKat
    If nurses are to be taken seriously as professionals, we have to get away from the uniform idea. Do we put our physicians in a uniform? How do we know that they are physicians? Their paychecks!

    I get really thrilled when I see nurse practitioners blending in with the physician crowd. Getting rid of the uniform has set us free and has helped opened the door to the male gender. Nursing, as a whole, is trying to integrate into health care as an equal independent team players on par with the physicians. The caps and starched whites of the nurse of previous generations is romantic and something to be proud of. However, it also served to oppress and stereotype them. If they can read and they're not confused, the patients know who we are. If they can't read or they're confused, I don't think it's going to matter what we wear.
    I am a male who will graduate in two weeks. I like to look professional but I also want to not stand out either. If I were forced to wear a certain uniform then I wouldn't feel comfortable. I am the type who must be themselves. and if you force me to follow I would probable find an other job.
  5. by   mstewart
    What about screen printing "NURSE" on accross the back of the scrubs top and on teh front corner...LPN, RN, MSN-whatever. Or better yet....NURSE on the butt of scub bottoms!!! Yeah, that will get people's attention!
  6. by   RNGrammy
    I agree, white is not practical. Dresses, well how can you crawl around? I like the idea of different color badges.....your professionalism in how you perform your job should speak higher of you than your uniform. I am one of those who miss the cap and white unioform, until I go to work in ICU and then I am real glad we don't have them anymore. White uniform adn caps are for graduation picyures only....they look great but are very impractical.
  7. by   Farkinott
    Quote from RNKittyKat
    If nurses are to be taken seriously as professionals, we have to get away from the uniform idea. Do we put our physicians in a uniform? How do we know that they are physicians? Their paychecks!

    I get really thrilled when I see nurse practitioners blending in with the physician crowd. Getting rid of the uniform has set us free and has helped opened the door to the male gender. Nursing, as a whole, is trying to integrate into health care as an equal independent team players on par with the physicians. The caps and starched whites of the nurse of previous generations is romantic and something to be proud of. However, it also served to oppress and stereotype them. If they can read and they're not confused, the patients know who we are. If they can't read or they're confused, I don't think it's going to matter what we wear.
    Good commentary!
  8. by   Silicone
    Quote from Kora0880
    Hello,
    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 think you're being very vague. Is that deliberate?
    How about being much more specific - what does
    "professional, clean cut design" mean **exactly**?

    Everyone I've asked in the last couple of days defines a
    professional look as suit and tie for men and skirted suit
    for women.

    It's been my experience that the medical people without
    scrubs on are not going to make you feel better. They
    just come around for 5 minutes and charge an fortune for
    their time. I've observed that the people dressed in scrubs
    do the real work. They're the ones who show up first when
    the pain hits.

    Samantha
  9. by   June55Baby
    QUOTE "If nurses are to be taken seriously as professionals, we have to get away from the uniform idea. Do we put our physicians in a uniform? How do we know that they are physicians? Their paychecks!" QUOTE

    I do believe our physicians are in uniform. Street clothes and a white lab coat generally signifies a physician.

    But would we really take that physician (or lawyer, or banker, or any other professional) seriously if he / she were wearing what looks like pajamas with Sponge Bob Square Pants or Scooby Doo motifs on them to their office each day??!!??
  10. by   katmndu224
    The articicle mentioned also suggested that on our scrubs, we wear a badge that says "RN". Working in home care, a uniform is totally out of the question...vermin, insects, dirty animals and just plain dirt is NO match for a uniform...

    Sorry, but if you think a uniform is right for you then by all means join the military. Personally, I always introduce myself as the nurse and the coorndinator of care in the home. I did the same thing in the hospital (in rehab, we often wore a T-Shirt and sweat pants due to the nature of the work). I do not feel the need for a uniform to make me feel or act more professional:-)
  11. by   sunflowerstate
    Scrubs look a lot like pajamas,and cafeteria workers, maintenance people etc. I resolved the problem for myself by wearing either a colored or print scrub top with white pants only and white jacket only. I think this looks professional and patients don't mistake me for someone who just got out of bed.
  12. by   sunflowerstate
    As a student I did find it a bit unnerving at the psyche hospital clinical rotations that I could not tell staff from patients. Maybe staff has just been there too long? Whos's trying to get in and who's trying to get out? One needs to know who the patient's are!
  13. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    I cannot recall the last time i saw an MD in their white coat. It was either the blue OR scrubs or street clothes.

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