Have dress codes changed for clinical prep? - page 2

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I was at work yesterday and the floor I was on had students there preparing for clinicals today. I was floored!! Two of the students had on leggings and super high platform heels. One had on a low cut shirt with her lab coat. ... Read More


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    We were required to wear business casual and our lab coats. The school affiliated with the hospital where I work requires the same. The school I graduated from ended up having to require nursing students to wear graduation cap and gown to the pinning ceremony "because too many students dressed inappropriately." I assume that means too revealing, too formal (as in, the dress you'd wear to prom style), or too informal. I think several schools or the hospitals that host clinicals have started requiring uniforms to be worn because the students don't have a sense for what is appropriate attire.
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    we never had to come the day before to do research, and im glad we didnt! i find that idea kind of silly anyway. when they become nurses, they dont come in on their day off to look up their patients so they will be prepared the next day. as students they have generally 6-8 hours with one or two patients, surely that is enough time to gather all of the info they need for their careplans?!


    as for the dress code, yes, what they were wearing was inappropriate. they should have to wear their uniforms all the time. how are you to know some girl wearing heels and a low cut top looking through charts and computers is a nursing student, or just some nosey visitor who found a lab coat laying around?
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    When I was in Nursing school the dress code didn't allow for wearing anything underneath a scrub top because it was "unprofessional", I'm not sure if the instructors realized what happens when you bend over while wearing a V-neck scrub top and nothing but a bra underneath.
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    Quote from ashleyisawesome
    we never had to come the day before to do research, and im glad we didnt! i find that idea kind of silly anyway. when they become nurses, they dont come in on their day off to look up their patients so they will be prepared the next day. as students they have generally 6-8 hours with one or two patients, surely that is enough time to gather all of the info they need for their careplans?!


    as for the dress code, yes, what they were wearing was inappropriate. they should have to wear their uniforms all the time. how are you to know some girl wearing heels and a low cut top looking through charts and computers is a nursing student, or just some nosey visitor who found a lab coat laying around?
    IIRC the practice of students coming in the day before clinicals to to "research" has grown out of the changes in the amount of time patients spend in hospital.

    Days of pts being admitted a day or so before an operation/proceedure and remaining for several days or weeks afterwards has pretty much gone. In some cases you are lucky to have them for a 48 hour period on some floors. This can be great for some but for students they could end up having only the one day with a patient and thus have to make the most of it.
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    Quote from DoGoodThenGo
    IIRC the practice of students coming in the day before clinicals to to "research" has grown out of the changes in the amount of time patients spend in hospital. Days of pts being admitted a day or so before an operation/proceedure and remaining for several days or weeks afterwards has pretty much gone. In some cases you are lucky to have them for a 48 hour period on some floors. This can be great for some but for students they could end up having only the one day with a patient and thus have to make the most of it.
    One of the reasons my school stopped doing a day before prep was because so many patients would end up being discharged prior to clinical so the prep was often wasted. I'm glad they stopped, because with the pace of my program a night before prep when you already have 3 clinicals a week plus two 8 hour days of class would have been way too much. We learned to research and construct care plans quickly while getting vitals and doing am care. I think it was actually a good lesson in hitting the ground running.
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    Our school does not require us to go to the hospital and get information beforehand. Somehow, we all get our care plans and health assessments done. Going the night before is unnecessary and does not help prepare students with time management. That said, if we did have to get pt information the night before, our school would definitely require us to be in uniform, no doubt. Those students should not have been dressed that way.
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    So glad I'm not the only one who didn't have clinical prep work. As I was reading this post I was thinking "what the?!?!? Did I miss something when I was in nursing school?"

    The idea of coming in the day before seems preposterous to me, for the reasons already mentioned. Also, I have to wonder how that affects learning. I am an experiential learner, and we would do a report every day after clinical. It was much easier to apply what we had learned in class to the patient's situation after having some experience with the patient, really helped to put all the pieces together. You don't show up to work knowing what patients you have ahead of time, so why should you in school? It doesn't reflect the real world...
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    Inappropriate...and more importantly, UNPROFESSIONAL. Not exactly sure how this was allowed by the instructors.
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    We also had to wear business casual, no jeans/sweats/leggings/yoga pants or anything revealing, or we could wear scrubs. I just wore scrubs.
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    Students don't do prep at our facility...but I'm always stymied by the select few who wander through with Go-Go dancer make up and their hair down like they've rushed in from a shoot in a heavy metal music video. It soooo makes me want to drag each and every one of them off to the side and say "Listen hon, I don't know who exactly you're looking to impress looking like that BUT you want a doctor to be impressed with your BRAIN...not your bust/tarantula-thick lashes/life raft thick lips. The patient doesn't really care if you're pretty...they just want to know that you're competent, caring and above all else FAST when they ask for stuff. So, do us both a favor...go scrub your face clean in the staff bath. I'm sure you've got a scrunchie in your bag; You should put your hair up so no one pulls it...and we'll start ALL over in say...10 minutes?"

    Wugh.
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