Required to wear girly scrubs

  1. Hi All,

    I have a bit of a dilemma on my hands. I am considering accepting a position in a Level III NICU, and just found out from the staff that I will be required to wear lavender scrubs or all-white scrubs. Lavender I could MAYBE deal with, but all white and even lavender almost makes me want to reconsider. How am I supposed to maintain any dignity while wearing those colors? Any suggestions? Should I approach the manager? Any feedback is appreciated.

    Thanks!
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  2. 77 Comments

  3. by   2ndCareerRN
    When I worked nursery, we were provided scrubs by the hospital. We wore street clothes to and from work.

    I really didn't care what color they were, the job transcended any concerns I had about the color of the scrubs.

    IMO, if you want the job, wear the scrubs. If fashion is more important, pass on the job and go work retail.

    bob
  4. by   leslie :-D
    actually i would think white would be much more neutral and unisex than lavender. but if you like lavender more, then wear it. whatever you wear does not reflect the quality of your work.

    good luck.

    leslie
  5. by   z's playa
    It takes a very secure man to wear lavender they say...

    Whatever!!!!....I say its a great colour....but its an even better job!!!!

    Wear the scrubs ,man

    z
  6. by   pricklypear
    I work with a guy who always wears all white. Do you have to wear scrubs or could you wear a white polo-type shirt ?
  7. by   jasonglh
    I'm kind of suprised that they would have you wear your scrubs from home in the NICU. Most of the hospitals here have you wear their surgical scrubs.

    White sounds better than lavender to me. I'm a man and I do not recognize any color thats not in the Crayola 8 pack.
  8. by   z's playa
    Quote from jasonglh
    I'm kind of suprised that they would have you wear your scrubs from home in the NICU. Most of the hospitals here have you wear their surgical scrubs.

    White sounds better than lavender to me. I'm a man and I do not recognize any color thats not in the Crayola 8 pack.


  9. by   suzanne4
    Lavender and pink are actually two big colors with Ralph Lauren Polo this year, so you could be quite fashionable.

    If that si all that have to worry about, consider yourself quite fortunate.
    You can still wear white boxers with either.............
  10. by   menetopali
    IMO, if you want the job, wear the scrubs. If fashion is more important, pass on the job and go work retail.
    :yeahthat:

    after the teal top and white pants humiliation of nursing school, followed by a couple of Christmas's of getting scrubs that were 'so cute' from people who probably meant well, i got over the fashion thing.

    if the lavender or white scrubs are too 'girlie' for you, pass on the job. if you are that worried about not being seen as 'girlie', look into nursing jobs that have more 'manly' wardrobes...public health (USPHS uniform), college health (jeans and a polo), peri-op, pre-op, pacu, and OR all wore green surgical scrubs when i was in peri-op, outpatient (kakis and a polo), and of course you can join the Army Nurse Corps, Navy Nurse Corps, or become an Air Force Nurse.

    if NICU is what you want to do, then wear the lavander or white.

    JMHO
  11. by   Fyghter
    I completely understand ur problem.... it doesnt matter if You are comfortable with wearing, pink purple, turquise, white, whatever... you can be secure but its the constant remarks of people asking that question of ur sexual orientation... like being a nurse you have to be gay, then throw u in "lavender" , which isnt a real color, come on! and whoever says your appearance doesnt change your care or the way your pt's view u... is completely wrong, sorry but its tough to be a masculine man and be professional in lavender, lol, no matter how comfortable you are!
  12. by   barefootlady
    Wear the white or pass on the job. Colors do not matter, skill does.
  13. by   PennyLane
    I know it's hard to have to wear certain colors, sometimes. I wore a school uniform for 12 years and hated every minute of it. Where I work we're allowed two colors + white. But personally, I don't think lavender is 'girly'. I was watching ER last night and noticed that Dr. Pratt often wears lavender shirts and it looks quite good. Your co-workers will certainly not think any less of you, nor will the moms and dads you will encounter. Be proud!
  14. by   BittyBabyGrower
    You think lavender is bad...our poor guys had to wear PINK tops and white pants for a while :chuckle Our ICU's where purple and there are lots of guys there. Are there other guys in the NICU there? What are they wearing? You make the best of it, esp. if you really want the job.

    And most places don't issue hospital laundered scrubs for NICU anymore...there have been studies on infection, and it really didn't matter. All places in our hospital purchase their own scrubs.

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