Professional in scrubs? - page 7

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   gwenith
    Quote from LPN2Be2004
    I cannot recall the last time i saw an MD in their white coat. It was either the blue OR scrubs or street clothes.
    I can! - but it was on TV
  2. by   sunflowerstate
    I've seen MD's in high heel boots with points and mini skirts, with a tight sweater to deliver a baby but if they want to kill their feet that's up to them. I still like to see some white mixed with the colors. A white jacket or pants.
  3. by   Lysa
    I don't think it makes a difference what color you wear...it dosn't change the care you give to your pts. At our hospital, they want all nurses to be in white by the year 2005. I have alot of uniforms that are colorful and will still be wearable by that time. I don't see them offering to by ME new uniforms to accomidate their dress code. Not to mention white underwear! Besides, I don't have that much confidence in "Always" to be in white all the time if you know what I mean!!
  4. by   gwenith
    We wear uniforms to work BUT they are most usually either skirt and top, pants and top or shorts and top (ours is a sub-tropical climate). Although we usually have chambray shirts as regualr uniforms many places have taken to ordering cotton drill weave T-shirt style shirts with the unit logo on the shoulder. Team these with a pair of pants and you look as professional as possible with all the freedom you want.
  5. by   StephanieMc
    Quote from Lysa
    I don't think it makes a difference what color you wear...it dosn't change the care you give to your pts. At our hospital, they want all nurses to be in white by the year 2005. I have alot of uniforms that are colorful and will still be wearable by that time. I don't see them offering to by ME new uniforms to accomidate their dress code. Not to mention white underwear! Besides, I don't have that much confidence in "Always" to be in white all the time if you know what I mean!!
    Lysa...I totally agree with you. It doesnt matter what color you wear. The care you give to your patients is what the patients will remember. And one step further, if the patient has had 2 good nurses in white and one bad one with an attitude wearing scrubs she/he will remember and talk about that one bad one more and that white uniform will not make the least bit of difference. But back to the original scrubs issue. The ones wanting to dress in the "all white uniforms", well most of them are young or new at nursing. I have been a nurse for 26 years and have seen many changes in nursing, including the uniforms. Comfort means a whole lot more to me. But I think no matter what is worn it all should be clean and neat to uphold the "professional" appearance.
  6. by   nursemaa
    To all who said that what you wear doesn't improve the care, the patient outcomes, or guarantee professionalism: you're right, but....

    whether we like it our not, appearance does matter and does contribute to what people think about you. That's not my opinion, it's just the way it is. I love scrubs, although I think sometimes we get a little..."goofy" with them...spongebob, etc.

    I wore white for years after graduating, and never experienced a laundry problem. I worked an ortho/trauma unit with plenty of blood, drains, and body fluids. Never noticed a big problem with stains, etc.

    I like white pants with a print top for nurses, and blue pants with a print top for nursing assistants. Just my opinion.
  7. by   Fancywhitecat
    Quote from cyberkat
    After crawling on the floor trying to read a Pleur-evac, climbing on beds to transfer patients...no white would not do for me. And dresses...I like the look, I really do, but no. That would require pantyhose with runs in them.

    That *new* uniform in AJN didn't do much for me. You'd have to be in perfect shape for that.

    I'm sure there's an answer out there somewhere.

    Instead of color coded scrubs, why not color coded badges?
    <Why should nurses change? Let housekeeping change, let lab and xray change etc. Just a thought.
  8. by   Silicone
    Quote from Fancywhitecat
    <Why should nurses change? Let housekeeping change, let lab and xray change etc. Just a thought.
    Now *this* would work.
    Or at the very least, have Housekeeping wear a certain
    particular color that clearly identifies them as not part
    of the medical staff.

    Samantha
  9. by   OBGirlYN
    Quote from Bex_SRN
    On the surgical floor where I am on a rotation, 3 of the RN's only wear white. they look great and look very professional and YES! they stand out and ppl know they are RN's. I am concidering doing this after I grad...
    Our graduating class has decided to don the traditional white uniform, with hats, for our ceremony. There is so much tradition in this outfit that it seems sacreligious to do less. The nurses that came before paved the way for all of us and they deserve our respect, even if this is the only time any of us ever wear it again. I agree that too many people in the hospitals wear scrubs and it does confuse the patients. Come on, it confuses the staff at times too!! The local hospitals here have encouraged the RN's to return to white. There is respect and status that comes with the old faithful white uniforms. And come on, we all paid a fortune to get to that white!!! Good Luck in your endeavours!!!!
  10. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from Fancywhitecat
    <Why should nurses change? Let housekeeping change, let lab and xray change etc. Just a thought.
    It's all about the money.
  11. by   RNFNE
    I think you make a good point about uniforms. But I think what it really gets down to is looking professional and acting professional in what ever you have on. I work where every department is colored coated like disney. Which is fine. Except when they say you can't wear white. I think wearing white is a nurses right. It represents our profession. I think you can look professional in scrubs except when they are accompanied by elastic around the bottom of the legs and dirty sports shoes
  12. by   studentnurse74
    I don't like white b/c it looks dingey (sp?) after a while. Also b/c I'm a woman, and white pants with that time of the month do NOT give me confidence, especially when I have to bend over! LOL The character scrubs may look like pajamas, but I think they're necessary for peds. Those children will be less intimidated by Sponge Bob clothes than the "stiff white" look. That's just my 2 cents.
  13. by   OBGirlYN
    Quote from studentnurse74
    I don't like white b/c it looks dingey (sp?) after a while. Also b/c I'm a woman, and white pants with that time of the month do NOT give me confidence, especially when I have to bend over! LOL The character scrubs may look like pajamas, but I think they're necessary for peds. Those children will be less intimidated by Sponge Bob clothes than the "stiff white" look. That's just my 2 cents.
    I totally agree with you about Peds, i mean those kids are scared enough as it is!! As for white and dingy (dont know if i spelled that any better lol) there are a couple great cleaners that work. Just dont use bleach!!! Bleach makes them yellow. My parents used to own a uniform shop so thats what we always told people. Either use color safe bleach, bleach alternative, or just a quality detergent, like Tide or Dreft. The cheep stuff isnt the best. I just feel a strong sence of community when wearing the old faithful white. And maybe a printed jacket? I have a hello kitty nurse one thats my favorite!! Best to you all!!!

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