Have dress codes changed for clinical prep?

  1. 4 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!!!
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  3. Visit  chrisrn24 profile page
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    Maybe the low-cut shirt is inappropriate but it wasn't like they were doing clinical. They were just getting their clinical info. I know days that I'm not working, I feel like I have to counteract my days of wearing scrubs by dressing up a little.

    Just my two cents. Maybe if it becomes a bigger problem, suggest to their instructor that they have a dress code for clinical prep-work.
  4. Visit  Bouncyball profile page
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    Our dress code for getting pt info for clinicals is no open toe shoes, no jeans, and we have to wear a lab coat over our outfit.
    kakamegamama likes this.
  5. Visit  chorkle profile page
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    Dress code for students at my place is: Uniforms required.
    KeyMaster likes this.
  6. Visit  classicdame profile page
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    our contract with the schools states they must wear uniforms even if doing the prep work. If they are here, they are in uniform
    KeyMaster and hikernurse like this.
  7. Visit  DoeRN profile page
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    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.
    kakamegamama and poppycat like this.
  8. Visit  DoeRN profile page
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    Quote from chrisrn24
    Maybe the low-cut shirt is inappropriate but it wasn't like they were doing clinical. They were just getting their clinical info. I know days that I'm not working, I feel like I have to counteract my days of wearing scrubs by dressing up a little.

    Just my two cents. Maybe if it becomes a bigger problem, suggest to their instructor that they have a dress code for clinical prep-work.

    But they were still in the hospital setting and they were interviewing the patients. It is a hospital and not the night club. I guess since I'm older I have a different way of thinking in regards to what is appropriate to wear to various settings.

    Even the charge nurse said something about the way the 2 students were dressed.
  9. Visit  turnforthenurseRN profile page
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    Our dress code was closed toe shoes, no jeans, no revealing clothing. We had to wear our white lab coats. I usually wore khakis, flats and a nice blouse or sweater with my lab coat over it whenever I had to go to the hospital to do my clinical prep.
  10. Visit  rdsxfnrn profile page
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    We had to wear clinical uniform. No exceptions due to the fact that we were still "guests" at the facility and were expected to be professional at all times.
    poppycat and KeyMaster like this.
  11. Visit  T-Bird78 profile page
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    We had white uniforms and the shirts had the school patch on the sleeve, as did our white lab coats. Close-toed shoes, all white (I had to use white out to cover a light gray stripe on the sides) and the uniform. If we were in psych or peds it was business casual but nothing low-cut, nothing short, no high heels, no open-toe shoes. Our clinical instructor would send us home and we'd get an incomplete for that day's clinical rotation, or the facility would call the school and complain if we violated it!
  12. Visit  Rose_Queen profile page
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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.
    jadelpn, poppycat, sharonp30, and 2 others like this.
  13. Visit  ashleyisawesome profile page
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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?
    NyteshiftLVN, bbuerke, and hiddencatRN like this.
  14. Visit  MunoRN profile page
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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.
    Hygiene Queen, sharonp30, lemur00, and 3 others like this.

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