White uniform - page 3

For all of you who are wearing a white uniform for clinicals...what is the best color for undergarments? My school says white...but every time I have worn white under white it has shown through. Any suggestions?... Read More

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    Quote from MrsCuoco
    We were told the reason for whites was to preserve a tradition...and they told us to be thankful it wasn't still white nurse's dresses, white hose, and paper caps. Although believe it or not, there's a girl in the BSN program who DOES WEAR JUST THAT. She mystifies us all.
    No nursing cap is a "paper cap". They are made of starched fabric. Perhaps the student who mystifies you has a family member who is or was a nurse who wore her cap proudly. For some of us, it works well. Say what you want, there was no mistaking who the nurses were when we all wore our caps.

    I still wear my cap whenever I work....with the same pride as the day I earned it.

    Mrs H.
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    Quote from HazelLPN
    No nursing cap is a "paper cap". They are made of starched fabric. Perhaps the student who mystifies you has a family member who is or was a nurse who wore her cap proudly. For some of us, it works well. Say what you want, there was no mistaking who the nurses were when we all wore our caps.

    I still wear my cap whenever I work....with the same pride as the day I earned it.

    Mrs H.
    Good for you! I've thought about going back to whites again. I'd have to work on going back to my cap though. But I really, really, really did like my cap when I wore it. I think if I worked on the same unit as you, I'd give it a try again.

    And just FYI - I have worn a 'paper' Mr Coffee filter as a cap a couple of times. Worked with an old-fashioned European MD who would only seek out nurses wearing their caps. In the '80's, caps were becoming more or less, so if I needed him for orders when he came in, I'd use a Mr Coffee filter PRN. Nowadays, I smile when I make a pot of coffee that uses filters.
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    Quote from amoLucia
    Good for you! I've thought about going back to whites again. I'd have to work on going back to my cap though. But I really, really, really did like my cap when I wore it. I think if I worked on the same unit as you, I'd give it a try again.

    And just FYI - I have worn a 'paper' Mr Coffee filter as a cap a couple of times. Worked with an old-fashioned European MD who would only seek out nurses wearing their caps. In the '80's, caps were becoming more or less, so if I needed him for orders when he came in, I'd use a Mr Coffee filter PRN. Nowadays, I smile when I make a pot of coffee that uses filters.
    I'm going to guess that your cap was called the "Bellevue fluff ", the kind that kind of looked like an upside down coffee filter. Mine has wings on it and looks very similar to the cap that nurse Dixie McCall wore on Emergency, except that mine lacks the black strips as I am an LPN. I couldn't make my cap out of paper the way you could with yours.

    If you have trouble finding the cap that is associated with your nursing school, Kay's Caps can recreate it for you (Nurses Caps-Kays Caps Inc-Nursing Graduation Caps-Custom Nurses Caps-Nurses Uniforms)

    I've been retired from critical care nursing for over three years now and work as a substitute assistant school nurse a few days a week for a large urban district, and I mainly work at the high school level. The cap does make a difference as I get "yes ma'am" and "no ma'am" from the kids.. I say if you are comfortable wearing your cap, then wear it with pride because YOU earned it. Kids in nursing school these days are taught wrong information. The cap is NOT a symbol of being subservient to male doctors. It is NOT like a maid's cap. It was early infection control in the days of Florence Nightengale and it is a symbol of one's accomplishment and where one went to school. Mine has never been knocked off my head, never gotten in the way and there has never been a peer reviewed study to indicate the nursing caps carry "germs" more than any other article of clothing if they are washed properly.


    Best to you,
    Mrs H.
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    We were just talking about this in class. My teacher said that black undergarments are the best choice.
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    Here is a link to "no see through" white scrub pants. This is what I am going to get.
    allheart Women's Can't See Through Me Flare Leg Scrub Pants | allheart.com
    Hope this helps.
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    Quote from lpn2014
    We were just talking about this in class. My teacher said that black undergarments are the best choice.
    Black undergarments under white? I know if I wear black underwear under white pants its obvious I'm wearing very dark/black.

    Your skin tone color is the best color to wear. If you are dark skinned, then darker color, light skinned go with flesh tone or a beige-ish. But stark white with white scrub bottoms stand out just as much as black ones would on a light skinned person.
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    I wear undershirts under my whites so there's no undergarments visible -and- extends the life of your whites.

    Now if only I could keep my clogs white!
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    I have specific underwear that's worn on clinical days (that would sound super weird to anyone NOT in nursing school ) -- I have nude-colored, a couple of white pairs, and a very light grey with light pink trim. None of them show through. However, I did buy Koi pants specifically because they were less see-thorough than some other brands, AND they have the back pockets, which camouflages whatever underwear I've got on. It also helps that my scrub top is kind of long, and my pants are fairly loose on my bum. I notice that the girls who like to wear their pants tighter (which I do not understand; this is nursing school, not going to the club) have a harder time with their skivvies showing through.
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    Quote from ndavis1672
    Our program requires white or nude full backs. Our nursing handbook specifically states no thongs or other colors.
    Now isn't it sad that they have to tell the students not to show their booty at work?
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    I think it's crazy that schools can/do tell people what to wear under their clothes.

    Not to be TMI, but I made it through rotations with nothing under my scrubs and felt fine about it.


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