NP attire - page 3

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

  1. by   rn/writer
    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.
  2. by   traumaRUs
    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!
  3. by   sirI
    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.
  4. by   AngelfireRN
    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.
  5. by   MissDoodaw
    I wear business professional attire, with a lab coat on or hanging on the back of my chair. I feel it is respectful to my patients, practice and colleagues that I look like a professional. I feel that it helps get the patients trust.
    Research shows that we are judged by our appearance-we form an impression of others within seconds of meeting them. I am not here to argue whether this is right or wrong, but If I am to be judged by my appearance let my appearance be that of a professional.
    That said I must admit that my city is home to a local sports team that makes it to the finals regularly and our office does have dress days when staff wears a game day team shirt, never thought I'd do it, but I really enjoy it!
  6. by   XB9S
    In the UK we have to wear a Uniform as nurse practitioners, but there are days when I plan to spend office time rather than clinical so wear smart business trousers and shirt or smart top. I'm always very conscious of how I will be viewed by my patients and colleagues when I plan what to wear, I am aware that I am a representative of my work place and my profession and how important it is to appear professional and credible.