NP attire - page 3

by PansyKat

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Hi all, I would like some feedback as to what type of attire you wear to work...as a NP. I suppose it depends on the area you work? Replies greatly appreciated! :)... Read More


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    Quote from NurseKJ
    Thanks for the responses on the lab coats. The main reason I ask is that I will be needing to wear one this fall as an NP student. I wore my old nursing school long lab coat one day last semester, and I never did that again!!! The physicians didn't say anything, but the PAs were a bit miffed that I was wearing a long coat... I really didn't even know I was doing such a "faux pas". (After all, it was what I wore in the Labs during my undergrad science classes from many years ago).

    So my question now is.. what length should a student be wearing? does it need to be to the hip, or can it be slightly longer-- 26"/28"?

    Thanks
    It's very much institution dependent. When I was doing my ACNP program in Michigan, we wore long white lab coats with the college of nursing patch on the right arm. The medical students and PA students from the same university wore short white lab coats with the school of medicine patch or the PA program patch, somewhere on the coat.

    I'm in California now working for a medical center affiliated with a school of medicine, nursing, and pharmacy. All students I see, regardless of program affiliation, wear short white coats.
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    I work in peds i wear casual dress no lab coat it scares them
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    That lab coat thing is strange, isn't it? I had no idea lab coat length was an issue until I read it at SDN. I was so surprised by it that I asked a few docs I work with, and none of them had ever heard of anything like that. They had varying ages, 30s to 60s, but most of them went to med school at Duke or UNC, or somewhere else in the southeastern US; perhaps it is regional. My Dad went to New England prep schools and an Ivy league Uni, and school ties (meaning neck ties) are hugely important to him but no one down south recognizes them. He was peeved once when he went to a country club event and no one recognized his tie, lol. Such silliness. In any event, perhaps lab coat traditions are unique to some communities in a similar way, or perhaps they are just passe.

    Then again, only nurses and students even wear lab coats around here. I haven't even seen a physician wear a white coat in years. I wear a short white coat (I'm a NP student) b/c I am a 5'2" person and would look like Bilbo Baggins in a long coat. As far as lab coats go, if I worked in a place that had a tradition about length I'd respect it, otherwise I'd wear what was comfortable for me.

    In the clinical sites I have visited, everyone is wearing business casual, students are in lab coats.
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    Short = cooler, cleaner, lighter, neater...it just works!
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    Thanks for the information! I've never heard that students should wear the shorter lab coat before. I wonder if it's a regional thing or if I'm just clueless!
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    Well, I'll probably get flamed for this, but, I'm used to it.

    I wear whatever I want, no shorts (unless the girls and I change for the gym before we leave clinic), but I'm a little more daring than most.

    I favor skirts and dresses, either above the knee or mid-calf, since I'm so short. I have lost quite a bit of weight, so I will wear pants now, usually with a corset top (those go over BIG! No one else wears them, everyone wants to see, most docs wonder how I stand it, laced up like that).

    My favorite shoes are my espadrilles with the ribbons that tie. I bet I've made Talbot's a million dollars, the way people go on over the shoes. Other than that, I may wear heels some, but usually ballet flats. By rote, a code will only happen on the day I wear heels and a skirt. They've learned to get outta the way if they hear heels running down the hall.

    My nickname is "The Fashionista NP", given to me by one of the hospitalists. I love it!

    And I wear the short labcoat with my name and title embroidered.

    Like I said, I am as far from the norm as you can get, but that's me, that's my trademark, as is my ability. I've cultivated it, and people seem to like it. Find what works for you and run with it. Good luck!!!
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    At the teaching hospital where I work (in the midwest), students wear short lab coats, residents wear long lab coats, and attendings and CNMs wear street clothes (business casual on weekdays, far more casual on weekends). Clinical nursing instructors wear either business casual with or without a short lab coat.

    The male nurse practitioner at my old chiropractor's office wore scrubs with a short lab coat.
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    There is usually a written or unwritten set of rules for APNs and physicians in the hospital. My nephrology practice is quite conservative so our physicians dress in suits with ties during the week. When the are on call on the weekend: dockers and sport shirts are okay.

    I have worn jeans once or twice on the weekends because my call is 55 miles away and I have had to shovel snow during the journey on more than one occasion and I want to stay warm....brrr!

    However, I will comment that I would not want to be known for my style of dress as the focus should be on my patients, not what I'm wearing!
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    I wear nice slacks, blouse, and mid-length lab coat. Docs wear the same style coat. They are embroidered with name, creds.

    Quote from traumaRUs

    However, I will comment that I would not want to be known for my style of dress as the focus should be on my patients, not what I'm wearing!
    Agree. To me, it's very unprofessional to command the focus of attention.
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    Never said I commanded it, it just is what it is. I dress how I like, and some of my coworkers happen to like it too. Some comment on it. Doesn't detract from why we're there, and I certainly would never spend time talking clothes that should be spent with my patients.

    That being said, the general concensus seems to be that I'm unprofessional. Oh, well.
    I'd rather be considered an unprofessional, good at my job, attention-getting, approachable, and easy-to-deal-with fashionplate than have a reputation of being a tailored professional snot (which is what they call some of the others).

    It works for me, it works for those I work with and treat. Is it for everyone, nope. But for those that deal with me, colleagues and patients alike, it never strikes a false note.

    JMHO, and I'll bow out.

    OP, good luck with your wardrobe.


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