Student Nursing Uniform

  1. I am starting school the fall of 2004, currently finishing my pre-reqs, but I have been told I need a white nurse dress or pantsuit with blouse and I am not sure where to begin or what is a good quality. I am worried about it being see through, etc. I would appreciate any input. Thanks!
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  3. by   purplemania
    go try some on and look in the mirror, bending over! Check front and back.

    Also, you might call the Dean's secretary to see if he/she has any ideas as to name brands, etc.
  4. by   truern
    your school doesn't have "their" uniform??

    we wear wine scrubs with the school name and nursing dept emboidered on the front, and either wine or white pants..

    it's a much better look than the ugly white uniform with two purple lines down the front...they never stayed straight over my bust :imbar
  5. by   AmyLiz
    Take a look at some uniform catelogs or go into some uniform stores. They've got some different styles of nurse dresses/uniforms.

    You may want to ask around the school too. Other students may be able to help you out.
  6. by   chris_at_lucas_RN
    You are so lucky!!! My trad program required us to get our uniforms from a little nurse-owned company in California. None of them fit right, the fabric was very dense, so even if they had fit, they would've been weird.

    Saddest thing was they were really expensive (over $100 for a top and pants) and after a couple of weeks, nobody really cared what we wore, as long as it was white and had the school's emblem on the sleeve. I accidentally put one on the wrong sleeve, and nobody noticed that either!!!!

    Since you obviously have some savvy about being online (since you are here :chuckle, check out www.allheart.com. They are inexpensive and their whites are heavier that their dyed uniforms. Lots to choose from, S&H is reasonable. I've been dealing with them for a couple of years now, and they are the best.

    Have fun! And congrats on getting into school.
  7. by   hock1
    Quote from dramaluvr
    I am starting school the fall of 2004, currently finishing my pre-reqs, but I have been told I need a white nurse dress or pantsuit with blouse and I am not sure where to begin or what is a good quality. I am worried about it being see through, etc. I would appreciate any input. Thanks!
    My program required a white uniform, white underwear, white nylon socks, white bra/female, white tshirt/male. The darker skinned nursing students were given permission to wear darker underthings so they were not totally see through...and yes we actually had an instructor send students home who were not wearing the nylons and/or proper color coded underwear! As far as quality, I found the cheaper the better. None of my original uniform made it to the end. How I handled the see through aspect was to wear brief style underwear so my whole butt was covered and a sports bra with a tshirt. It got a little hot though. Good luck.
  8. by   nocturne716
    I love love love Dickies uniforms! So buttery soft!
  9. by   chris_at_lucas_RN
    white uniform, white underwear, white nylon socks, white bra/female, white tshirt/male
    White underwear???? Isn't that going a little bit too far? When I first read this, I thought, how old is this person? This sounds like my mother's nursing school uniform requirements! You have my sympathy.

    And what's with the nylon socks? They didn't realize that nylon was unhealthy for places that are warm, dark and moist?

    I will never again complain about the uniform they made us wear. Ever. You have my solemn word. :imbar (Always wanted to use this little guy.)
  10. by   nekhismom
    Quote from chris_at_lucas
    White underwear???? Isn't that going a little bit too far? When I first read this, I thought, how old is this person? This sounds like my mother's nursing school uniform requirements! You have my sympathy.

    And what's with the nylon socks? They didn't realize that nylon was unhealthy for places that are warm, dark and moist?

    I will never again complain about the uniform they made us wear. Ever. You have my solemn word. :imbar (Always wanted to use this little guy.)

    We, too had to wear WHITE undies. If you were a darker shade, your underwear had to be white, too, but some people said that the white drew more attention to the area, and wore darker colored underwear.

    If you purchased the dresses, you had to wear white stockings. NO SOCKS. And if you had pants, ONLY WHITE socks or stockings.

    My school uniform was the worst. I can't find a picture of it.
  11. by   nursepenny
    Our uniforms were all alike. No variation. White tops and bottoms. Tops had pleats around shoulders to allow for ease of movement and we also had a bib made of light blue that was as long as the top, with navy trim down the sides. The pants were just standard pull on poly/cotton blend, white in color and elastic waist. We had to wear white bras, no sports bras allowed, white cotton granny drawers, white nursing hose, no socks, and we each had to wear the same type of shoe, white only of course.
    No jewelry except a watch, a very small pair of post earrings, and if married you could wear a gold band. The dress we had was just like the top to the pants outfit, except it was down passed the knees a little, and also had the bib that was as long as the dress. Our school had these uniforms made for us at our expense. We had an inspection before clinicals and had to come up to standard or we were sent home. We had our school embelm on the left sleeve and had to wear our name tag on upper left chest.
    Oh yeah, I forgot, we couldn't have nail polish on and nails had to be trimmed and filed as short as you could get them. We received our caps in the 5th quarter and had to wear them throughout the remainder of school. And this was LPN school. In 1997.
    Tough rules, yes, but this distinguished us from the other LPN school in our area. My school had the highest pass rate of any in the south. 100% for approx 20 yrs. But of course they weeded them out like crazy. My class started w/ 60. Only 15 graduated.
  12. by   cookie78
    The woman at the uniform store said the trick to no underwear showing is wear the shade closest to your skin so you do not create contrast. It works I am very pale so I wear light nude color or pale pink no undies showing at all. It was very hard for me to believe this at first because I wear white underwear with everything I am not a fancy pants type of girl. go for the cheaper the better option as far as quality or pricing.
  13. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from chris_at_lucas
    White underwear???? Isn't that going a little bit too far?
    Considering someone in the other class got sent home for wearing blue underwear with a white heart printed design under their white pants, i can see why schools would require white drawers.

    I agree with what other people said, it depends on the skin tone.
  14. by   rnmi2004
    Our dress code not only specifies the color of the underwear, it also says it must be "full coverage." I wonder how many instructors actually go around checking out student's rears for an appropriate panty line?

    I sometimes wish we could wear more than just white, but I must say that it does make a very good impression on a lot of patients--especially the older ones. I have received many compliments from patients on how professional I look.

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