Overseas Uniforms

  1. Hello - I am doing a public speech for school & I could use your help. My point I am trying to make is that many patients and their families cannot distinguish who are nurses/nurses aids/custodians and that I think the US should have a way, besides our name tags, that can clearly tell us apart. Whether nurses should wear blue & white scrubs, nursing assistants where green & white, so on.

    Do you have a uniform code? How do you determine who is who? Do you still have colored dresses? DO you still wear caps?

    Thanks - a ny help would be great.
    •  
  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   suzanne4
    The nurses in Thailand actually wear white uniforms, usually skirt and jacket, or trousers and jacket. But also pantyhose and little heels. I also forgot to add in the white cap. Totally impractical. How do you run in little heels? Plus caps can fall into anything. They do wear scrubs in the OR and ICU, but that is it.

    If I had to wear that, I would be out of nursing. My idea of white, when I had to wear it, many, many years ago, was white jeans and a tee-shirt, and shoes that I could run in. After all, someone's life depends on how quickly I can grab the crash cart and return...............

    I don't mind color-coded scrubs, but little white unilforms? Yuch!!!! :uhoh21:
  4. by   Farkinott
    Queensland Health (State Govt). males wear white shirt and navy pants. Women have a variety of uniform tops. Our photo ID cards are colour coded.
    Blue for nurses, maroon for medical, yellow for domestic, can't remember allied health.
    I am lucky in that my unit is uniform optional so if I am too lazy to iron I can go in casual clothes.
  5. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from justjenn
    Hello - I am doing a public speech for school & I could use your help. My point I am trying to make is that many patients and their families cannot distinguish who are nurses/nurses aids/custodians and that I think the US should have a way, besides our name tags, that can clearly tell us apart. Whether nurses should wear blue & white scrubs, nursing assistants where green & white, so on.

    Do you have a uniform code? How do you determine who is who? Do you still have colored dresses? DO you still wear caps?

    Thanks - a ny help would be great.
    Hi
    The hospitals I have worked in over the years does have a dress code, generally sister/charge nurse tends to be navy blue, staff nurses pale blue, enrolled nurses green and auxillary staff brown. Just to give you an idea whats what. Staff nurses = RN, enrolled nurses = LPN, auxillary staff = care assistance/aides.
    Haven't worn caps for yrs, and uniforms are supplied by the work place, which ensures continuity plus patients understand who's who
  6. by   justjenn
    The patients seem to know who is who. Do you think it is a good idea? Is there a sense of non respect by who wears what color because it shows a difference in education and rank? Thanks again. Jenn




    Quote from Silverdragon102
    Hi
    The hospitals I have worked in over the years does have a dress code, generally sister/charge nurse tends to be navy blue, staff nurses pale blue, enrolled nurses green and auxillary staff brown. Just to give you an idea whats what. Staff nurses = RN, enrolled nurses = LPN, auxillary staff = care assistance/aides.
    Haven't worn caps for yrs, and uniforms are supplied by the work place, which ensures continuity plus patients understand who's who
  7. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from justjenn
    The patients seem to know who is who. Do you think it is a good idea? Is there a sense of non respect by who wears what color because it shows a difference in education and rank? Thanks again. Jenn
    I have found that the patients do know who's who and appreciate knowing, and I have never noticed any non respect due to difference in training but there has been plenty of non respect to everyone in general due to increased violence in the work place of which generally the RN is involved as they try to defuse the situation. I think it is a good idea as patients then know who to ask when they have a query/question or need assistance in something they are doing.
    Anna
  8. by   Whisper
    the trust I work in has just changed its uniform (the old one was red and white striped dresses or tops for females, and men just had white tops with pink eppilettes if they were qualified grey for NA and dark red for CN, women had coloured belts and collar trim. oh and nerolled nurses had green trim

    The new one is much better... the qualified staff have navy trousers and blue tops or blue dresses. Men now now have blue tops navy trousers CNs have navy blue, NA have navy trousers and blue and white striped tops (think headache inducing) enrolled nurses now wear blue. Many people don't like this uniform policy as there are no belts allowed.

    I personaly like this uniform better as it is easier to see at a glance who is who, and the patients can now tell people apart much easier. The only trouble is my eyes start aching when I am trying to iron my striped top!

close