Socializing after work in your scrubs - page 26

by klone

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Yuck! Who does this? So my husband and I are on a long weekend in Taos, NM. Friday night we were at a local bar listening to a band. In walk a group of women in their mid-twenties. They appeared to have just gotten off work, as... Read More


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    I don't go out in my scrubs because I work in an 85 degree nursing home and all I want to do when I walk out the door is peel the dang things off and take a quick sponge bath. It has a lot more to do with that gross sweaty feeling than with any microbes that might be hitching a ride on my clothes. Besides, I am a clothes horse and I don't spend money on clothes that I'm not going to wear. I frequently stop for gas or groceries on the way home though, in my scrubs, so I don't have to make an extra trip.
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    fuzzywuzzy--- why is your nursing home so warm? there are standards of care related to temperatures that are appropriate for elderly and surveyers tag tag tag for too hot or too cold.
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    I have no idea. It is warmest 1st thing in the morning. Here we are running around trying to get stuff done before breakfast and it's SO HOT, especially in certain rooms. It's usually cooler by the afternoon but by then it's too late and I feel swampy. The shower room is especially gross. I looked at the thermostat in there the other day and the heat was off but the thermometer read 90 degrees.
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    i would say something to maintainence when it is so hot! if you are hot... what do you think the residents are?
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    I honestly don't see the big deal. I don't expect people to eat off of my scrub top when I'm out. There's a big chance that the grocery cart handle we all touch has more microbes and germs residing on it than on my scrubs. It's just because I happened to be in a facility with "known" microbes. We come across many germs every day. That's why we wash our hands and learn at a very young age to keep our hands out of our mouths. I often stop at the grocery store on my way to work and I have on scrubs. I don't care if people think I'm gross. I think people who wear pajamas and look grungy in public are gross but I'm not going to say anything to them. It is what it is. There are bigger problems to deal with. ;-)
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    You do know some secretaries or other dental or medical staff that are not currently seeing patients wear scrubs? I'm a nurse and on the days that we don't have patients I still am required to wear scrubs. They are clean and I simply sit in them at my desk during the day and I have met my family for dinner on my way home on those days.
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    Quote from mds1
    i would say something to maintainence when it is so hot! if you are hot... what do you think the residents are?
    I never worked in a nursing home, but I can tell you that the hospital floors I worked were ALWAYS too warm--and the elderly people were the ones that wanted it that way! We could be pulling sticky tops away from our skin, but they'd be asking for another blanket....

    I think they keep it that warm for all the half-naked people who aren't keen on covering up, either.
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    Quote from Perpetual Student

    It just plain looks trashy as heck regardless of how clean they are. I won't leave my house in sweat pants for the same reason.
    OMG! I thought I was the only person on earth who thought that wearing sweat pants outside of the house looked trashy!

    My late Mother was British, and she had very strict views on dressing properly. She didn't own a pair of sweatpants, and she didn't buy me any until I needed them for gym class. Heck, she wouldn't even let me wear shorts-EVER. (To this day, I will not wear shorts, but wear tennis skirts instead.) I was 15 at the time, and my friends were coming to pick me up for a sleep over. I threw on my sweatpants and a rugby shirt (I was a tomboy) and proceeded to walk out the door. Mom immediately stopped me, apologized to my friends for the delay while offering to serve them softdrinks, and pulled me aside. She said that the last time she checked, I wasn't a gym instructor, a coach, or a boy. She further explained that ladies do not wear sweatpants in public. She picked out a pair of khakis that went well with my rugby shirt, and I looked like a Ralph Lauren ad. Even though I was grumbling under my breath at the time, I am thankful that she instilled in me the importance of a polished appearance.

    I will never forget the morning my visiting ex-MIL wanted me to go with her to the grocery store. I was in sweat pants and a sweatshirt, and I said, "Sure, I'll go. Just let me change into jeans." She looked at me like I had three heads and replied, "It's just the grocery store. You don't have to get all dressed up." I bit my tongue and on the way up the stairs to change, my ex FIL chimed in, "Your MIL goes to the store all the time in her sweatpants. Sometimes she even wears them to dinner. She's more comfortable in them. What's the big deal? You aren't going to the Oscars or anything!" I didn't have a witty retort for that statement, so I just excused myself.

    I don't think it looks professional to be knocking back ETOH and cutting the rug on the dance floor while wearing scrubs. Besides the total ick factor, it just reflects poorly on medical professionals, no matter their title. I'll be the first to join my co-workers for a night out on the town, but if it's a planned night out, I'll bring a change of clothes. If not, then I will either go home and change or decline. My scrubs have the hospital name ink-stamped on the scrubs, and I don't want to have a picture of me show up on someone's FB page wearing hospital scrubs while taking a shot of Patron.
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    my late mother was british, and she had very strict views on dressing properly. she didn't own a pair of sweatpants, and she didn't buy me any until i needed them for gym class. heck, she wouldn't even let me wear shorts-ever. (to this day, i will not wear shorts, but wear tennis skirts instead.)"

    then how the heck can you go to wal-mart?
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    I dont think anyone should assume someone is in scrubs so they just got off work; sometimes after class when I was in the night program for LPN wed have a final or HESI and go to chilis or somewhere and have a drink to celebrate.in our ALL white scrubs... Food for thought


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