I work at a hospital where we have strict uniforms--RN's wear navy blue, CNA's wear wine-colors, RT wears green, Lab wears gray, housekeeping wears tan, etc. I do agree that this looks very professional, as patient's are able to distinguish between who is who. But I have also worked in a facility where we were able to wear multi-colored/print scrubs, and have had patient's tell me how it brightens their day seeing color, being in an already not-so-good situation in the hospital.
Do solid-colored uniforms make a healthcare team appear more professional than a healthcare team who are able to wear any color/pattern of scrubs they want? How can we maintain a professional appearance and promote cheer and happiness to our patients who may already be intimidated being in a hospital setting?