Threatened dismissal because of wrinkly clothes :0( - page 6

Hey everyone, I was just trying to get some opinions of an incident that happened to me recently. I was pulled aside by the director of my nursing program, and was told that if I wore wrinkly... Read More

  1. by   mercyteapot
    Quote from Kiren
    Well, help me out please. What would you call someone who has time to read and post on message boards, but, claim they don't have enough time to iron their nursing uniform properly???
    If it walks like a duck......
    To quote my mother, ''Just because it's true doesn't mean that you have to say it''. Name calling is very rarely necessary. Not that I'm saying the OP is lazy... just that even if that's the case, there should be criteria for deciding whether or not to say something other than the mere fact that it is true... If that was all we needed to worry about, we could all tell our bosses what we really think, get in trouble with our co-workers, have no friends, hurt our kids' and our spouses' feelings, etc...
  2. by   michar
    The deodorant crystal is basically salt. There is also a spray that is basically salt water. Yes, technically chemicals but all pronounceable and all in our bodies anyways. They work well as a deodorant (the bacteria don't like the salty enviroment) but poorly as an antiperspirant.

    I have hyperhydrosis so there is no way it would work for me.

    I was just griping about having to do various things as a student that I'm lacking some resource to do (either time or $ for the most part) but am still required. After listening to myself (because I was talking to myself) I realized that we are 'practicing' to be professionals and that may just include doing professional things.

    I think this includes looking the part. Next week I have to present a PP as if I was presenting it to a group of Professional Nurses. We're graded on everything, right down to appearance. Guess what? I don't have anything aside from my EMS uniform, a funeral dress, and jeans/shirts. I don't want to go out any buy anything new, both financially and I'm not a dressy person but I will.
  3. by   jov
    Quote from FutureNurse35

    I can understand not having time to cook, but ironing, come on now.
    I don't know-- you can only go so many days without food but can live for a long time in pants with a wrinkle. Plus BAD food will clog up your arteries. So if I had ten minutes, I would spend it cooking, not ironing.

    As far as planning to HANDWASH your uniform every night, why not post back here in a few years and let us know how THAT worked out. Seriously.
  4. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from Kiren
    Well, help me out please. What would you call someone who has time to read and post on message boards, but, claim they don't have enough time to iron their nursing uniform properly???
    If it walks like a duck......
    ...it might be a goose.

    I would call it someone who's taking time out to relax for a few, most likely, since i've been there and done that (and certainly wasn't "lazy").
  5. by   Kiren
    If one says he or she does not know how to iron I may understand that.

    If one says he or she has no iron I may understand that as well.

    If one makes a statement and says I am wrinkled because I did not have time to iron. But, he or she has time to play around on the computer when you know you are being evaluated on your appearance as well as your skills, I cannot understand that.

    Forgive my politically incorectness but laziness is laziness. Yes, some things are best left unsaid. However, anyone who can justify doing that needs to hear the truth. I'd rather offend you to make you take a good look at what your doing than to say nothing and allow you to justify your behavior. If it does not apply to you then it wasn't meant for you. But, if my statement hit you I didn't mean to miss you.
    Last edit by Kiren on Sep 27, '06
  6. by   michar
    Kiren, what if they made the post as they are waiting for an assignment to submit online? What if they posted from their laptop inbetween classes? What if they are sitting in a very boring computer class posting? I've seen the "don't complain about X when you are sitting here on the computer, you should be out doing Y" It's never flown with me.

    Not on parenting sites, not hobby sites, not anywhere. I think it's a crappy thing to assume that you know enough about a person from a few posts to paste them with a sweeping label.

    I don't iron. I probably never will with any regularity. I manage just fine to go through life looking nice and neat but without that starched look. I also manage to browse the net while I'm doing other things.
  7. by   jov
    Besides Kiren, isn't it all relative. For example, OP thought neat but unironed was good enough. You think only ironed passes muster. The next person might say ironed isn't good enough, only drycleaned and pressed is acceptable. I say scrubs look fine without being ironed. I would be willing to **guess** shall we say, 95% of nurses DON'T iron their scrubs? Shall we also deem them lazy?
  8. by   mercyteapot
    Quote from Kiren
    If one says he or she does not know how to iron I may understand that.

    If one says he or she has no iron I may understand that as well.

    If one makes a statement and says I am wrinkled because I did not have time to iron. But, he or she has time to play around on the computer when you know you are being evaluated on your appearance as well as your skills, I cannot understand that.

    Forgive my politically incorectness but laziness is laziness. Yes, some things are best left unsaid. However, anyone who can justify doing that needs to hear the truth. I'd rather offend you to make you take a good look at what your doing than to say nothing and allow you to justify your behavior. If it does not apply to you then it wasn't meant for you. But, if my statement hit you I didn't mean to miss you.
    Allow us to justify our behavior? Is it possible that you're being a wee little bit dramatic here? I guess you told us!
  9. by   Kiren
    Michar,
    I you don't want to iron that's up to you. If you don't like my post then disregard it. However, I'd bet if you clinical instructor says iron and starch or get out of the program you'd find time if your serious about nursing.
  10. by   Sunflowerinsc
    I'm one of those old nurses (but not WW2)! I am not even going to start to tell about the dress codes I've seen over the years. But I do think neat and clean and mostly wrinkle free is just life no matter what job or school. Even my granddaughter irons her jeans she wears to school. And she irons the scrub like jacket she has to wear for for after school job cleaning up at a beauty shop. Her mom irons her clothing for her job. I take my scrubs out of the dryer as soon as they are done and so takes just a few secs to go over them with the iron. Now in the "old days" ,it was STARCHED WHITE and poilished shoes with clean laces. Now I wear crocks (and throw them in the washer if they are dirty). Oh! I wasn't going to go back to the old days!
  11. by   michar
    Quote from Kiren
    Michar,
    I you don't want to iron that's up to you. If you don't like my post then disregard it. However, I'd bet if you clinical instructor says iron and starch or get out of the program you'd find time if your serious about nursing.
    Where was he told to starch and iron? They said the clothes were too wrinkly. There is a wide spectrum in there.

    My complaint isn't with me not wanting to iron, it's with you calling someone lazy when you know very little about them or their situation. Take a step back, and try another perspective once in a while. It's a talent that will get you a lot farther than starch/ironing skills.
  12. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    I'd rather offend you to make you take a good look at what your doing than to say nothing and allow you to justify your behavior. If it does not apply to you then it wasn't meant for you. But, if my statement hit you I didn't mean to miss you.
    That's all i need to know, for the future that is.
  13. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    And as for scrubs being ironed, supposedly the uniform company that washes ours at work also irons them, but they looked better before management decided to get them ironed (hospital supplies scrubs for the ER, Maternity, OR, Cardiac Cath). So now the shirt pockets look chewed up, the pants have 3 creases per side on the front. Lovely.


    Of course, i guess because i'm not taking them home myself to iron them makes me lazy and not serious about nursing .

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