Score one for standardized scrub colors - page 4

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A year ago, I went to an Urgent Care clinic that my employer had just acquired. The treatment was OK, but I was disappointed to see Medical Assistants calling themselves "Nurses" and being referred to as such by coworkers - a... Read More


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    Quote from hudabelle
    I dislike this "feeling of inferiority" that seems to be running around. People work darn hard for their titles and they are the ones who deserve to be called as such. You don't see the ARNP's and PA's demanding to be called MD just so they "feel better" about themselves. I am not an RN, I only work in the lab but when someone tries to call me a med. tech I always correct them. I didn't do that schooling I certainly don't deserve to be called an MT.
    There is nothing wrong with helping someone feel they could do better. Lifting people too high is more hurtful to them in the long run. Nothing fosters "complacency" (I think I'm looking for a stronger word here??) like being told you don't need to better yourself.
    ^Well said!!!
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    Quote from scrubs101
    What patient will take my patient teaching seriously if I am wearing spongebob scrubs?
    Pedi pts and their families...just sayin'

    As long as you communicate clearly, hygienically sound, and present your title, and your care, then your all good.

    I've been taken seriously in cartoon prints, prints, and solids.
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    Quote from scrubs101
    What patient will take my patient teaching seriously if I am wearing spongebob scrubs?
    A pedi patient and their family...just sayin'!

    It you present yourself, by effectively communicating, are hygienically sound, ID in place, and leading with your nursing practice, even the most anxious pt will know what one is doing and who is a nurse, unless there are soo traumatized by the whole thing, they want to forget the whole thing...

    I have been taken seriously with cartoon print, print and solids.
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    When I am on another floor, I like being able to tell who is who...whether that is by a big title attached to my name tag or by scrub color...either one works. Our hospital has big tags that hang a bit below our regular name tag that has a very visible title. And yep, the docs have one that says MD and they wear it. When I am in any hospital/clinic as a patient or as a family member I do care very much about the role of the person I am talking to. But again, I don't care HOW I can tell people apart, I just want to be able to sort it out.
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    Quote from wooh
    But how do you know this "Dr. Pierce" was really a physician. Could have been another MA misrepresenting themself if this so-called "physician" wasn't in color coded attire.
    The scenario you are describing never happened, was never an issue, and is purely a product of your imagination.

    I suppose you are trying to be facetious or amusing. You failed.
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    Quote from Ruby Vee

    Seems to me you're saying the care was better because the caregivers were wearing a certain color of scrubs? You've been drinking the tea that management is serving.

    I never said anything about the care. I said I liked that MAs were no longer calling themselves nurses, and that the standard uniform colors probably helped that effort along greatly.

    I'm sure I'll have to restate that a few more times.
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    Quote from MN-Nurse
    The scenario you are describing never happened, was never an issue, and is purely a product of your imagination.

    I suppose you are trying to be facetious or amusing. You failed.
    The nurses weren't fraudulent. Just like the MD wasn't being fraudulent. If we're preventing fraud by making the people who weren't being dishonest change, then why not make ALL the people that might be impersonated change?
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    Quote from LadyFree28

    Pedi pts and their families...just sayin'

    As long as you communicate clearly, hygienically sound, and present your title, and your care, then your all good.

    I've been taken seriously in cartoon prints, prints, and solids.
    Hey, my favorite scrub top is Scooby Do. And I have never had a patient disregard anything I say, or be disrespectful because of the images on my shirt. In fact, on more than one occasion (surprisingly, usually with adults!), it has broken the ice. Start the shift with a laugh. I mean, if I know what I am talking about, the patient won't care one bit about looking at Scooby. And on several occasions with patients who have dementia, they remember Scooby way better than my name!
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    Quote from Jeweles26
    Hey, my favorite scrub top is Scooby Do. And I have never had a patient disregard anything I say, or be disrespectful because of the images on my shirt. In fact, on more than one occasion (surprisingly, usually with adults!), it has broken the ice. Start the shift with a laugh. I mean, if I know what I am talking about, the patient won't care one bit about looking at Scooby. And on several occasions with patients who have dementia, they remember Scooby way better than my name!
    This is obviously going to be an area of disagreement and that is fine, I have no intention of starting a fight. I worked on a adult telemetry floor. There was one nurse who regularly wore a Scooby Doo top. Another often wore a tinker bell top. Some people may like it. If I were a patient, I would be a little turned off by it if my nurse were wearing such a top and I was on the unit s/p cath.

    Another example would be if I were just waking up in the PACU after major surgery and I see a nurse hovering over me with Sponge Bob scrubs. For me, not the most reassuring image. Then again, just my opinion, feel free to disagree.
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    Quote from psu_213
    This is obviously going to be an area of disagreement and that is fine, I have no intention of starting a fight. I worked on a adult telemetry floor. There was one nurse who regularly wore a Scooby Doo top. Another often wore a tinker bell top. Some people may like it. If I were a patient, I would be a little turned off by it if my nurse were wearing such a top and I was on the unit s/p cath.

    Another example would be if I were just waking up in the PACU after major surgery and I see a nurse hovering over me with Sponge Bob scrubs. For me, not the most reassuring image. Then again, just my opinion, feel free to disagree.
    I think it's weird in a non-peds unit, but as a peds nurse, I love my fun prints! I'm at a new place that allows me to wear them again and it really makes me happy. If you dig deep in my posting history though, prior to working in peds I've posted about how unprofessional and dumb I think they look, lol. How far I've come....I am on the search for Finding Nemo scrubs now.

    Anyway, as for as uniforms in general, my main two complaints are that I get bored wearing the same color every day and I really think printed scrubs make a big difference in pediatrics (toddler/preschoolers in particular seem to warm up more quickly when Tinkerbell is involved). I don't think patients are as aware of them as administration things they are. Personally, I prefer to be able to vary my wardrobe based on my mood and season, but I've lived with uniforms and wouldn't bother rocking the boat over it.


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