I went to the gym today and saw a male nurse lifting in his scrubs. I was a little bothered by it because I would think it would be unsanitary for someone to be working out in their hospital uniform, so I approached him and this is what I said:
me: excuse me, wouldn't it be unsanitary to wear that working out?
him: oh they're clean. who are you?
me: oh, I'm just a student
After I tell him this he kind of chuckles and rolls his eyes and goes on with his work out.
Besides being rude, do you think this was wrong? How would another gym go-er know that it is clean if he did not tell them? For all I know it could have MRSA or some other pathogen he came into contact with. I realize people go in their uniforms to subway or whatever restaurant to eat, but this is the gym - where I'm lying down on the same bench as him. Am i overreacting or was this unprofessional of him?
I think that it was completely appropriate for you to ask him about that. Just because someone is wearing scrubs doesn't mean that they would be a nurse or involved in any medical profession though. Being over cautious is way more beneficial than not at all so I do commend you for that. I don't condemn you at all for your actions but realize that some people do wear scrubs out in public. To me I think it's inappropriate wearing scrubs in public places outside of work because of sanitation complications (animals aren't allowed in hospitals but it doesn't matter if you pet fido before leaving your house does it?) Just my two cents. Also keep being sharp, always be concerned for others well being, I've seen too many nurses burnt out and careless of protocols and common sense quite frankly. Keep frosty my friend and you'll do just fine.
Last edit by Cllaws889 on Nov 26, '12