Score one for standardized scrub colors - page 5

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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 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.

    Well sure, depends on the department, and depends on the patients. I think that those scrubs are fine with kids for sure. And like I said, it sure helped with my little old folks to remember who their nurse was. Just call for Scooby!
    I do see what you mean, but at the same time, I don't see why the print on your outfit matters as long as it's not vulgar. If you are competent and how to properly care for a patient, you could come to work in your pajamas for all I care (not that scrubs look real different from pajamas...)
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    Look, no one gives two figs what color scrubs someone is wearing. What they want to know is on the tag, or at least should be. The issue is nurses have these bizarre feelings about wearing the freaking name tags. Ooooh. . .someone is going to follow them home if they know their name. . .which could be done anyway, even if they didn't know their name.

    If you have an earned title and license, be proud of it, and present it. But please know that you don't have to put every freaking letter of the alphabet and certification after you name. It's starts to look ridiculous when people put too many letters after their title. I have heard physicians joke and smirk over this all the time--overcompensation is how it comes off to them and others. Put your title-- license, and maybe one of your most relevant certs, if you want--like CCRN, whatever. I don't usually put it on anymore--just like I don't put PALS or ACLS or BCLS after my name. It just gets to be ridiculous.

    A name tag or legal signature is not the place for all of your earned degrees and certs. That's for your CV and perhaps your office wall. But for heaven's sake, put your legal title on your badge. I don't necessarily think it's important to put BSN or MA or whatever, but I'm not gonna fight about it Put whatever your role is and save the rest for your CV, etc.

    In most situations, no one really gives a damn. Do you see most physicians walking around with name tags that say John Smith MD, BA or BS, MA, etc? Maybe someone of them will reflect they are mudfuds, MD, PhD, or ScD or whatever, but most don't. It's overkill for a name tag or a legal signature. Your licensed role is enough. Otherwise, again, to most of us, it looks like ostentatious overcompensation.

    I mean add the alphabet soup if you will, but if people aren't rolling their eyes externally, know that they are doing it internally--and many of those doing it have their own alphabet soup, which they don't make conspicuous. BTW, IMO, you should be learning for the internal content and knowledge and not to have something to display on some tag or a piece of paper. (I find when people put too much emphasis on external stuff, there are issues of insecurity--like really, you are defining yourself as a person? No. Your education is simply your education. It's not you. You should not be defined by it. Come on. Your extended education should be for your benefit and the benefit of your patients, period. So again, I say hang it on your office wall and put it in your CV, but name tags are for directly relevant titles within instutions.

    As for scrubs colors, all I can say is God help those people that are forced to wear dayglo pink, green or purple. Egads.
    Last edit by samadams8 on Mar 21, '13


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