Have dress codes changed for clinical prep? - page 3

by DoeRN

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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    My school's dress code for clinical prep (which is a scheduled time/day with the instructor on the floor with us) is the same dress code for actual clinical days. School uniform, white shoes, hair up off collar, etc.

    No way we could ever get away with what the OP described.

    During my LPN schooling, even during our class time we had to wear scrubs (not our 'clinical' scrubs that were a certain color with the school emblem on it). The reason for that was classes that had graduated before us got worse and worse with what they were wearing during classtime. Daisy duke shorts with very low tank tops, low rise jeans so low that the southern region of their body was nearly/or was peeking out mixed with tight low cut shirts or the ones who were dressed as if right after class they would be going to the club. while I really hated having to wear scrubs all the time, it made it easier to figure out what to wear, and more especially, I didn't have to sit behind anyone with their butts hanging out or have to see anyones breasts nearly popping out to say hello
    Last edit by CT Pixie on Dec 8, '12 : Reason: afterthought
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    Quote from bbuerke
    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...
    When is nursing school the real world? I didn't like coming in the day before preparing all night for clinicals but some schools require it. We had to learn all of our meds and procedures the patients were having. Along with all the path of their various diseases. And we had a dress code for our clinical sites.
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    Quote from doeRAYmee
    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. I was thinking to myself is this a hospital or a night club?

    And the clinical instructor was there!!!
    That is just disrespectful in my opinion. When a student is doing clinicals in my opinion it is kind of a LONG job interview and it also has a reflection on the school.

    We have uniform scrubs that we wear on campus at all times and also when we do our clinical prep. We have a different color set of uniform scrubs for our actual clinicals. My school is VERY VERY gung-ho about the dress code policy and the clinical sites are aware of that and will say something if we are not in compliance.
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    I seriously worry about the judgment of these students now, once they are nurses.....it just plain scares me. I cannot fathom the thought process involved in selecting an outfit like that in a professional setting.
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    Our dress code is lab coat, no open toe shoes, ID tags, cover your tattoos/take out piercings if you have them. Or we can wear our uniform. We go to do our prep right before or right after our lecture, the day before clinicals. Most of us are wearing jeans, sneakers, sweaters, t-shirts, etc. The lab coat has to be buttoned up. I always felt a little silly wearing jeans + labcoat... like Doogie Howser. But if we were required to wear dress pants or whatever, I bet we would get mistaken for doctors a lot more often. I'm glad we don't have to wear our uniform because then I'd have to own 3 uniforms instead of 2, or do wash in the middle of the week. I don't think I've ever seen anyone wear anything questionable or seductive.
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    The fact some students can't dress themselves appropriately is still mind boggling to me. A nice T-shirt with no advertisement from Target, some flats, and some simple dress pants are all you really need under a white lab coat.

    If I dressed the way the OP described, my CI, the school, and all the other faculty would have heard about it
    and chewed me out before I even left the floor, and I would get points docked.

    I wish we had a scrubs uniform policy at our school, because clearly some of these girls didn't get the memo that
    'tights are not pants'!
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    Yup, business casual here too. Our first BC "event" I wore nice khakis, nice Tshirt and a cardigan sweater with appropriate shoes. Everyone else wore jeans and sweatshirts and gave me crap for dressing up so much. And then our instructor got there. She proceeded to say that SOME of us clearly needed a class on what "business casual" means.

    Quote from doeRAYmee
    When I had clinicals were could either wear our uniforms with our school lab jacket or business casual. No jeans, no low cut shirts etc. I thought they were inappropriately dressed regardless if it was an actual clinical day or not.
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    We never did "day before" preps. We came in way earlier in the morning before the shift change for the nurses so we could get our assignments, review their labs, looks up meds, etc. We were not allowed on a clinical site unles the CI was there with us!
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    Quote from doeRAYmee
    When is nursing school the real world? I didn't like coming in the day before preparing all night for clinicals but some schools require it. We had to learn all of our meds and procedures the patients were having. Along with all the path of their various diseases. And we had a dress code for our clinical sites.
    Not to stray completely off topic...But what is the point of that? I have to know all of my meds, procedures, path of diseases, and labs for my patients too. And you know what? I have time (make time) to know them during the clinical day - because we have to hand off report to our instructor and other classmates at the end of the day and God help you if you don't know the answers to any question asked. Obviously, I understand that if it's a school requirement, it is a school requirement, but I doubt that I will ever understand or believe that there is an actual need to go to the clinical site to get information the night before. I still stand by that this definitely does not teach any time management - in fact, it hinders it.
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    I'm glad we don't have to do prep the day before clinicals. We were told during nursing school orientation that any clinical site that is within an hours drive of your home is fair game for clinical placement. I thought they were just kidding. I discovered the one hour drive is just guideline. We had several that had to drive over an hour to get to their clinicals.

    I'm really surprised the school the OP was referring to does not have a dress code since they are representing their nursing program.


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