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not that it really matters....

  1. 0 I just started a new job. I have noticed that the women nurses (not that guys have much choice) wear scrubs that are one color. where I came from, most wore print tops with a solid color pant. Does one look more professional than another?
  2. Visit  mmc51264 profile page

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    mmc51264 has '4' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'orthopedic'. From 'Southeast'; Joined Apr '10; Posts: 1,486; Likes: 1,768.

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  3. Visit  applewhitern profile page
    Personally, I like solid colors, preferably a primary color. Print tops, and especially tops with the little bow-tie string thingy in the back, looks like something a waitress would wear. Pink is too "cutesy" for my taste. I prefer hunter, navy, cranberry, etc. I really never see a female doctor wear a printed top, nor do I see professional women such as nurse practitioners wear them. The solid color all-over is not just more professional, but is also more slimming. That is just my opinion.
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  4. Visit  Katieerin profile page
    I have to agree solid is more professional. I may not like the same colors as the next person but solids bring attention to your performance rather than your attire.
  5. Visit  eatmysoxRN profile page
    I think print tops overall are only appropriate on a peds floor. Bright colors don't intrigue me much either. I like darker matching scrubs.

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  6. Visit  dirtyhippiegirl profile page
    Eeeh. I'd imagine that wearing solids looks more professional. I enjoy wearing what your previous unit espoused -- print tops (no cartoons, nothing all neon) with solid darker-colored bottoms.

    On the flip side, I'm not certain that a patient's negative response to me has ever been about my scrubs but I do occasionally get compliments on my scrub tops. ("Oh, that's cheerful!" etc.) I *like* wearing them so...whatever. Our docs and NPs wear dress-casual with their white coats, which obviously isn't an option for us nurses, so it's not really an issue.
  7. Visit  Nurse_ profile page
    It's just preference but I like solid, matching scrubs more. IMO, it's just more professional.
  8. Visit  RNewbie profile page
    I like solid colors that are dark. As a new nurse I was in love with the colorful, loud prints, and cutesy tops with the draw string waist. Now I wear typical male colored plain scrubs...the kind that are not loud or figure flattering. I don't know, but it seems like people take me more seriously.
  9. Visit  dah doh profile page
    Whatever is appropriate per your facilities dress code policy is what the facility deems professional. Sometimes it's a specific color or type. Our facility doesn't allow denim or tennis shoes. We fought the tennis shoe part because many personnel in clinical areas wear them for work. Personally I wear a print top and solid dark colored pants. But many wear solid tops and bottoms. There's even a few who wear a dress or skirts. I think it comes down to preference and conforming to your facility's policy, then it should be fine.
  10. Visit  not.done.yet profile page
    I feel solids look MUCH more professional.
  11. Visit  psu_213 profile page
    I agree, solid much more professional.

    I worked on a unit that had a lax dress code. One nurse there had a 'Scooby Doo' top that she wore now and then. Another nurse regularly wore a 'Tinker Bell' top. This was an adult telemetry/stepdown unit. Not at all professional in my mind.
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  12. Visit  jadelpn profile page
    As an "older" nurse, I think that unless works in peds winnie the pooh is not the best choice for a professional person.
  13. Visit  Tiffany Alexander profile page
    0 does not matter what u wear.........its how u deliver the care!! It's about ur job as nurse not ur fashion........although I will say ur attire/appearance should be neat and clean.
  14. Visit  Tiffany Alexander profile page
    Let me add.......if ur in it for professional look........then u wld need a whole new profession.........scubs r not cute, good, or professional looking

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