I feel like my Nursing profs judge me based on what I wear (loose fitting urban clothing). The reason I bring this up is a few days ago a prof in one of my nursing classes who I don't know on a personal basis made a really snide remark about my choice of clothing (she basically said I dress like a thug). I didn't think much of it until today. I've also always been an A student and I'm doing fine in my electives but in my Nursing class I'm sitting at C which is really unusual for me.
I don't know if I'm over thinking this too much but I'm not about to change my entire wardrobe on a whim. Someone just tell me I'm over thinking this...
You can dress cool without being too outthere. There is a time and place for everything. Would you wear shirt and tie to a club? nope Would you wear pants falling down your hips to an interview? I hope not. Given there is no dresscode I would find a school that has a description of a dress code and try that as your benchmark for starters.
If you were getting A grades then one teacher comes comments on your dress and now you getting C grades, that would be something to keep an eye on as possible discrimination, so on that I disagree with some of the other posters. Maybe you should have a one on one with the instructor and do a review of the test to see if you actually did that bad, but dont mention anything about their thug comment, just observe for now and let them know you are interested in getting better grades. I will tell you this. I saw a youtube video with a female student nurse and they did not hesitate to tell her, "hey we dont want your kind here"...that was straight up racist...so watch the reaction you get when you speak to them one on one and you will know.
As for how you dress, dress comfortable but see if you can make small changes, like no loud words and prints for starters. Remember nurse instructors , especially older ones are still used to the nurse should be a "blonde white upper/middle class female" and you step in with urban wear, its a culture shock to them as that is what they are comparing you too. It will take an adjustment for most of them. You don't have to change who you are as a person, but for class keep it plain and simple, you never know who might step in class, might be your next employer who knows but outside of class , wear what you will. Unfortunately people judge by how we dress but as men in nursing if the school does not have a dress code, make your own as we have to keep our standards high.
As for fairness on how you are treated, As long as they have the same reaction to say a female student with a shorts and her butt showing off, or cleavage hanging down, and they have the same reaction, then I'd say they are being fair with their judgement of you.
Last edit by ArrowRN on Oct 30, '12