Socializing after work in your scrubs - page 5

by klone 33,946 Views | 259 Comments

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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    Maybe they were on the cleaning staff at a hospital which brings up the every ongoing debate about everybody and their brother wearing scrubs.
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    Wow- I must really suck then- I walked in the door this morning, grabbed the kids and dropped all of them at school, in my scrubs. Then, I fell into a coma like state after doing 3 in a row with minimal sleep in between, got up and put on- yup- sweatpants, to go pick up my son (girls were already home). Scrubs and sweatpants- maybe I should head of to confession or something.

    I honestly worry more about the people that I'm so close to on the Metro or on the bus. I'm tempted to wear a yellow isolation gown when using public transportation. I don't know what they have; at least with my pts, I'm given some information about what I'm dealing with.

    As for going to a bar in "uniform" as a professional issue, this is an odd thing for one to have an issue with, for me. In my former life (and currently occasional life, as a reservist), I was/ am a Marine. Going to a bar, in uniform, after an event/ work was not unusual. Partaking of an alcoholic beverage while there was definitely the norm. Depending on company (and how you were getting home), how much partaking you did would vary. Anyone that ever said anything to us would generally comment with things like- thank you for what you do, and great that you can take a break with friends, having a sometimes stressful job. We were expected to keep control of ourselves (though I can't say that happened 100% of the time, and a counseling might ensue, but if it's not habit, it wasn't a huge issue).
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    I'm regularly in the minority so today is no different. It seems we missed an important part of the equation. A group of friends were obviously enjoying themselves, each other, and their night out. What I would have seen is friends being friends. Comraderie. Community. Honestly I probably would have envied them just a little.
    If our post work scrubs were that contagious, I would have killed off several dozen members of my immediate and extended family. But I have not.
    Were they looking for attention? I don't know. But even if they were, what's the difference between them and the girl with purple hair, see through blouse, mini skirt, four inch heels............. Just a different kind of attention. Is it just me or are there some days you feel powerful, incredibly smart, privileged to do what we do?
    On those days, I admit, the scrubs are like a neon sign that confirms that I am a really cool person with a really
    cool job.
    Last edit by imintrouble on Mar 19, '12
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    Quote from imintrouble
    I'm regularly in the minority so today is no different. It seems we missed an important part of the equation. A group of friends were obviously enjoying themselves, each other, and their night out. What I would have seen is friends being friends. Comraderie. Community. Honestly I probably would have envied them just a little.
    If our post work scrubs were that contagious, I would have killed off several dozen members of my immediate and extended family. But I have not.
    Were they looking for attention? I don't know. But even if they were, what's the difference between them and the girl with purple hair, see through blouse, mini skirt, four inch heels............. Just a different kind of attention. Is it just me or are there some days you feel powerful, incredibly smart, privileged to do what we do?
    On those days, I admit, the scrubs are like a neon sign that confirms that I am a really cool person with a really
    cool job.
    Well said!!!!
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    Umm.. how do you know they weren't dental hygenist students or cosmetology students? they wear scrubs as well. I seriously doubt an entire group of nurses who were in contact with bodily fluids all day would wear their dirty scrubs to a bar. It is more likely they were either students or employed at a place that doesn't require getting "dirty". Either way, it's none of your business.
    Zookeeper3, GradyGramNot, scottrho, and 7 others like this.
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    While I agree that scrubs could carry a bunch of germs, I also agree that most will change out of the germy scrubs into less germy if a nasty mess occurs. The rest of the time, In my opionion, the scrubs aren't any dirtier than anyones clothing.

    I work primarily in an office an wear scrubs. I guess eraser nobs and paper scraps could be contagious, but I doubt it. Do I go out in my scrubs, YES. I tend to be spontaneous, so if I am in scrubs and in the mood strikes, you never know what I may be seen doing... from going on a car ride, to going to a casino, or a bar or a grocery store, or Walmart!
    Do I feel it is professional? Not really, but hey, I would rather be in my scrubs out having a good time, if the occasion presents its self.I take off my badge first, of course.
    Yes, I will change clothes if at all possible first, but if not.....

    On the germy issue..... Have you been to WALMART lately?????????? WHAT are some of those people thinking???!!!! HAVE YOU SEEN THEIR CLOTHES????? and DIRTY>>>> OH MY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can think of few situations where my scrubs could possibly be any dirtiier that what I have seen in Walmart, etc.

    We used to have a doctor come to the hospital on early rounds during hunting season wearing grimy, muddy hunting clothes and shoes.... hummmmmm how clean was that????

    I guess esme12, and I and other like minded souls can just go out in our scrubs and party!!
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    Sure, it's none of my business.... and unless it were nurses in marked uniforms or wearing ID badges from the hospital that I ADN at, I certainly wouldn't say anything to them. But I am as entitled to my opinion as you are to wear your scrubs to any old bar you wish to.
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    I don't think scrubs are necessarily dirtier than any other clothes and I don't take my shoes off at the door or decontaminate when I get home so it's not the possible germ factor, it's that I think it looks unprofessional.

    Of course nurses can go out and party and of course not everyone in scrubs is a nurse, but I still think it's best to change first. Obviously many do not agree. I think my position on this comes from being a crusty old bat where when I was raised up it was practically the death penalty if it was discovered you'd been out in public in uniform. We were considered to be representing the hospital when wearing uniform.

    What's interesting is that I would go to a coffee shop with a friend after work without changing, but I definitely wouldn't go to a bar/pub without changing. I guess I AM judgemental!
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    First point. Most people wear scrubs in a non-medical environment because they think i makes them look cool.

    It is pretty shocking that health care professionals would think that wearing "used" scrubs to say a bar or a restaurant is ok. The same goes for shoes.

    Hospitals are the nastiest dirtiest places ever.

    All of us should change our clothes and our shoes ASAP after our shift. Then head straight to the showers.
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    Quote from mindlor
    First point. Most people wear scrubs in a non-medical environment because they think i makes them look cool.
    Do people really think that? Who *are* these people?
    Last edit by klone on Mar 19, '12


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