What do you wear to work?

  1. Hello fellow nurses across the pond!

    My better half keeps saying he wants to move back to the UK. I keep telling him I can't because I couldn't wear a dress to work. He says uniforms are changing and that many nurses in the UK wear scrubs now. When we were visiting his mother in the hospital in Wales they were all wearing dresses.

    So, just for fun, what do you wear to work?
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  3. by   XB9S
    Most hospitals give you the choice of dresses or tunic and trousers now.

  4. by   MaryAnn_RN
    We have a choice. Dress or tunic/trousers, and if you work in ICU/HDU then scrubs are an option. Most of us are wearing scrubs.
  5. by   Texas Tornado
    Quote from scarymary
    We have a choice. Dress or tunic/trousers, and if you work in ICU/HDU then scrubs are an option. Most of us are wearing scrubs.
    Very nice! HDU? Is this hemodialysis?

  6. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from Texas Tornado
    Very nice! HDU? Is this hemodialysis?

    HDU=High dependency unit
  7. by   Fonenurse
    Most nurses in my facility wear scrubs or trousers and tunics, I haven't seen a dress since I worked there.
  8. by   Turtle in scrubs
    Periodically there will be nurses here in the US that choose to wear dresses. I don't think there is anything wrong with it if that is what you are comfortable with. With all the bending, squating and strange positions I end up in I just can't imagine. The tunic and pants would work though.

    Also as the picture showed, the upside down watch pinned to the blouse seems like a good idea. Certainly better in terms of infection control than the watch on my arm!
  9. by   XB9S
    our trust actually states that wrist watches are not permitted for patient care areas so the fob watches are ideal as an alternative
  10. by   nightmare
    I've always worn a fob watch.I can't imagine wearing a wrist watch as it can tear a frail residents skin and gather goodness knows what germs.
  11. by   Whisper
    My uniform is very similar to that Sharrie pictured... I have three sets of trousers and tunics and two dressess. The no wrist wathc policy is firmly enforced, I could never imagine wearing a wrist watch to work now, it would feel odd.
    The only problem I had with my new uniforms was that my dresses were supplied 3 months before my tunics and 5 months before my trousers arrived!!!
    This is a reccuring habbit in my trust, and i've heard of it happening at others. Because the trousers are uni sex, priority is given to male staff, and there is always more demand for the tunic/ trouser speciality. (Some PAMs eg Physio only have a trouser /tunic option)

    I've heard of some people being allowed to wear their own trousers (on religious grounds) until a uniform set could be provided, but often you just have to wear a dress.
  12. by   XB9S
    Now as long as we wear the trust colours you can provide your own trousers. I wear my own because the ones supplied are made for people who are less than 5 ft 7 so I look like my trousers have had an argument with my ankles.

    this is an interesting concept and I wonder where the funds are going to come from to finance the initiative.

    I don't mind too much as long as I don't have to wear pink
  13. by   Fonenurse
    I try to stick with it even though our Trust have a 'a no wrist watch' policy too - even though I don't wear uniform any more with being management. The only problem I find is that I lose track of time...:chuckle
  14. by   barrjan
    When i trained and worked as a Staff Nurse in Scotland all staff, Trained nurses and students wore the same white dress, our hats, jackets and name badges were blue, if you were a staff nurse or student, green if you were an EN. If you were an auxillary nurse your dress was grey with a white hat and red jacket. We were not allowed to travel to work in our uniform and we had changing facilities on site. Looking back that was so good, i didn't have to wash my dress and starch and iron it, and you did not have to take the hospital smell home with you. When i was living in Winchester i wore the uniform that is pictured. I only had two tunics and one pair of trousers. ( i worked part time)I had to wash them at home, wear it to work and come home in it as there were no changing facilities, the staff toilet was not always a good option as it was shared by two wards. I think nurses in the South of England have always washed their own uniforms, i could be wrong, but one of the Sisters on the ward had been their for a over 20 plus years and it had always been that way.