white uniforms vs. colored/printed - page 2

by Linda K. Foster

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Does anyone have any research about the effects of white uniforms vs. colored/printed ones? My administrator wants nurses to go back to white. We want the other because of style, fun, and "this is 2002 !" Thanks :o... Read More


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    Personally I preferred the white uniforms. I think that people associate nurses with starchy whites, and rather than runing away saying "its so cliched", why not start wearing them again? Most of those patterned shirts female staff wear look horrible (ie: migraine inducing), and where I work you can't tell the male RN's from the maintenance team and orderlies. As far as colour coding of staff goes, we ship patients out as quick as we can and most aren't in long enough to distinguish between the uniforms anyway - but they would know straight away who was who if we brought back the starchies...

    PS: Do you think we'd be going too far bringing back the little hats and habits? Maybe just a bit lol...
    Last edit by steve0123 on Jun 17, '04
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    I would rather change careers than wear that crap.
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    I would wear anything in order to get out of my student nurse uniform. Unmoving, unbreathable, unforgivable polyester plastic. arrrggghhh
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    Quote from Renee' Y-Y
    There are at least 2 hospitals that I know of in Dallas/Ft. Worth that nurses must wear white. The "research" they did to support this decision had to do with patients not knowing who was who. I'm not necessarily for white for nursing, but I am definitely for "color-coding": nurses are allowed to wear 1 or 2 colors, techs a certain color, lab a certain color, etc. Patients then begin to learn who from who based on that + the fact that employees know immediately where you're from based on the color of your scrubs...that system I like much better.
    Our facility tried the color-coding of staff uniforms; even allowing prints that incorporate the unit color. The problem: some nurses are always rebellious against change. the result: some wear pink, some wear teal, some wear blue. I've even seen one that wears (on a regular basis) a pr of tan painter pants with dirty white (?) Reboks that looked like she just mowed her grass before coming to work. At least the green grass stains were the same color as her units color-code:chuckle
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    just a student but i like the uniforms that the "nurses" on the tv show ER wear. light blue scrubs but the top is a shortsleeved light jacket. This looks professional to me and i love having pockets so i hope to wear something like that when i become a nurse, i don't want white pants though but a shortsleeved white jacket over scrub pants would also work and differentiate between nurses and ancilliary staff.
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    Quote from mjlrn97
    What I don't understand is, why must the NURSES always be the ones who have to change? :angryfire Whose idea was it to allow housekeepers to wear scrubs, anyway---they're the people who need to wear different clothes. Nurses and aides should be the only staff wearing scrubs.......lab techs, unit secretaries, housekeeping staff and other ancillary personnel ought to wear something else.

    At our hospital, housekeeping, maintenance, and dietary staff wear different colored polo shirts and khaki pants; only clinical staff wear scrubs. So how does the patient know who his nurse is? DUH---we tell him who his nurse is! All staff are supposed to introduce themselves when entering a patient room, as well as explain what they're going to do. It's not rocket science, just simple courtesy........why do so many people seem to think we need to legislate that by forcing nurses to conform to some particular color scheme or uniform style??

    Marla - Yes, yes yes!!

    I mentioned this in another thread but this argument has always seemed silly to me. You introduce yourself as the nurse. Simple.

    If you walk into a bank, do you insist that the mortgage brokers wear something different than the tellers and the secretaries so you can walk in the door and instantly tell them apart? Or do you get introduced to the mortgage broker?

    Just tell your patient you are the nurse and wear a nametag with your title on it.

    steph
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    white uniforms are very difficult to maintain. I have thrown away trash bags filled with whites that were covered in every stain imaginable. Over bleaching can cause yellowing or graying too. I find that patients are more comfortable seeing their care givers in colors. The term "white coat syndrome", where patients get anxious at the site of a white uniform or lab coat, holds fast. I do believe that non-medical personnel should where a different attire, as to not confuse the patients, visitors and other medical personnel.
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    I Would Like Info Also About White Vs Printed, Colorful Scrubs For Pediatrics We Are Currently Wearing White Or Ceil Blue. Our Unit (pediatrics) Can Only Have One Printed Top. That Is Hearts And Flowers (cherokee)
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    When i did a survey as a project in nursing school, part of it was asking people why they would chopse the white or the colored. The majority did choose colored, because white reminded them of "mental asylums."
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    I totally agree with you....I've often said that if you are in a store and your hubby falls over....you see a lady in scrubs you think! Nurse! Not so this could be the cleannig lady! I've busted my butt to get through school and have earned the right to wear the uniform! Also think we should go to a color...I find it hard to take someone professional wearing Big Bird (not for those on peds units) in the cardiac unit.


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