I'm currently taking a CNA course and am set to begin clinicals next week. I plan on going on to nursing school as soon as I finish up my science pre-reqs in the next year. I'll need to get white shoes for my upcoming clinicals, and I'm debating how much I should invest in them. Obviously I want something comfy and supportive, but I don't want to spend too much if I won't be able to wear them once I find a job. The clinicals are only a few full days since it's only a certification program. I've heard that white shoes are pretty standard in most Atlanta area hospitals and long-term care facilities. Is this true from your experience?
Nov 5, '12
Yes, white shoes are the norm. However, they don't always have to be duty shoes. I have been able to wear white athletic shoes most of the time. But that said, I would get good duty shoes they are worth the investment and you can wear them after school for as long as they last and it will save you buying new shoes when you have to get the uniforms in the color you need.
Nov 5, '12
Thanks Flarn! My school says that white tennis shoes are fine. I may just do that initially since I can wear them outside of work/school as well. Shoes that are white and nursing specific just don't seem like something I'd wear elsewhere.
Nov 6, '12
Once you start your clinicals you will find that there are things on your clothes and shoes that you will NOT want to wear your uniform
/shoes ANYWHERE else. In fact, you will want to get out of them as soon as possible. Also (at some point in the future this may be more important to you) items that are used only for work are tax deductible.
Nov 29, '12
Go ahead and get something comfy and durable and keep using them once you're working. I got a pair at a uniform store in the mall and was so paranoid about the "all-white" aspect that I took a bottle of white-out and covered up a tiny gray stripe on the sides. Once you're working most employers don't care as long as they're not open-toed. Wear them only for clinicals and work.
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