white scrub tops and males - page 4

by jltbone

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So my current employer's uniform policy is navy, brown, or gray scrub tops and bottom or white scrub top with one of the other color pants. they are now requiring all nurses to wear white scrub tops and black or royal blue... Read More


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    Quote from FF-PHRN
    I was just waiting to see the responses....figured it would be entertaining since you used the "g" word. PC stuff what it is these days.

    Anyway, don't overthink this, they are just scrubs. It not like they want all white or all pink or something ridiculous. You are the only one to see it this way. I wear blue with white top by choice, just not a big deal. Like what what was mentioned earlier, there are those really loving the old caps. I would have to draw the line there for sure.

    BTW, never been a fan of the Navy whites. Gotta respect the MOH though!
    exactly, plenty of Uniform dress codes in UK hospitals have or have had male Nursing staff in white tops - although increasingly it does seem that coloured uniform tops are more common rather than white with grade piping / epaulettes - historically Female Nursing staff have worn coloured dresses / tunic tops with the colour desingating their 'rank' or grade ... ( ironically DMS nurses where their service specific uniform tops which are thesame colour regardless of rank with badges of rank attached in the traditional places; sleeve badges for NCO Nurses and epaulettes with bath stars for QARANC officers and stripes for Royal Navy /RAF Nursing Officers)

    white scrub tops and navy bottoms sounds fair enough , i'm sat here at work on a bit of down time during a night shift wearing my work uniform of hospital blue round neck tunic, navy trousers and black (training)shoes , as is my (male) colleague at the other end of the unit - our female RN colleague is wearing a simialr uniform - just with the female top and our feale HCA is wearing the same but with a light blue top (as that's the colour for HCAs in the dress code)
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    I'm a guy and even though I can choose my scrub colors, I often wear all white scrubs, call me traditional . I notice on days that I wear colored scrubs, I'm more mistakenly thought of as a doctor. I'm happy to wear all white and be more readily identified as a nurse, the people who really do all the work.
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    Ah and the political correctness runneth over. When I was in nursing school and first started working quite a few year ago, the stereotypical male nurse was "gay". To be a nurse and be straight required blazing trails as the general public just simply didn't get why a guy would go into a female and/or "gay" profession. So therefore if a guy was in the nursing profession and straight it required observational skills as to what constituted a typical "gay" appearance, and avoid that in order not to be stereotyped. That is why you won't see straight men wearing the typical nursing scrub jackets. Some point to the O.R. and say straight men wear them there. We all know that men who work in the O.R. or Anesthesia are much more manly than men who actually have to touch a patient in the course of their job. We would rather freeze with no jacket than be mistaken for gay.

    So there you go people. Decades ago men who were nurses were "prejudged" to be gay because of the stereotype. I believe that there is some hold over from that, but it isn't any where near what it was. Not even close.
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    First, what does wearing white have to do with political correctness?

    Second, in my 21+ years in nursing, I have plenty of straight male nurses wearing warmup jackets. I know of no specific gender preference bias involving nurses and warmup jackets. Please explain.
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    And what does working in OR or anesthesia have to do with manliness?
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    Quote from caroladybelle
    First, what does wearing white have to do with political correctness?
    Nothing, it is people who get offended simply by others discussing the word "gay".

    Quote from caroladybelle
    Second, in my 21+ years in nursing, I have plenty of straight male nurses wearing warmup jackets. I know of no specific gender preference bias involving nurses and warmup jackets. Please explain.
    It is written in the super secret straight male "by-laws". You have to be a member of the club to have access. There is a chance that simply revealing that such a document exists will result in my having to be eliminated.
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    Quote from AmyRN303
    And what does working in OR or anesthesia have to do with manliness?
    It is simply common knowledge. Ask any man in those areas and he will confirm it as fact. I have to believe they have super secret by-laws too. Theirs probably allow for the wearing of scrub jackets.
    Last edit by KeepItRealRN on Jun 24
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    If I'm cold, I wear a warmup/scrub jacket and I don't care what others think (and I'm 100% straight).
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    Crusty ol' Bat here..... just wanted to say how much I love this thread. Very entertaining. I didn't realize that fashion choices were such a hot topic among the menz.
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    I say we move on from discussing the homosexuality of white tops and discuss whose brilliant idea it was to put a bunch of child bearing age females (there are no males in my class) in white pants. Yikes! Now THAT should be a crime.


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