Professional appearance - page 3

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On the lighter side of nursing issues: what do you all think is an appropriate and polite way to bring up a nurse's appearance (lots of jewellery, loooooong nails, unclean shoes, etc). Or do you all not mind that? Am I just... Read More


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    Quote from AngelfireRN
    Just my 2 cents here, the day after I graduated nursing school, I burned my white scrubs, and never again will I wear all white to work. It may be traditional, but it is classically impractical. I know the point is to look clean, but, really, how clean can you look covered in Betadine, poo, and who knows what else? With jewelry, I agree, keep it simple. My hair is waist-length, and if I am at work, it is in a bun, a braid, or a ponytail. I do not want my hair in some stuff I have to put my hands in!
    Just a thought to add to what you're saying.....when I graduated school, I too thought "no more whites!". But, I re-thought that.

    You ask how clean you can look (wearing whites) covered in Betadine, poo and who knows what else, but the bigger question is, how clean can ANYONE look covered in those things, REGARDLESS of what the heck you're wearing? I guarantee if I had any of those items on my colored scrubs, you'd surely notice them. And, I'd hardly be "clean" at that time, regardless of what I was wearing, right?

    For what it's worth, I wear whites from time to time, colored solids and prints also. Whatever I feel like. But on the days I wear white, I am no more likely to have anything icky on myself than any other day, and quite honestly it's just NOT an issue. I just don't GET icky stuff on myself, LOL: that's what gowns, gloves are for, and careful technique Accidents can happen, but I'm not about to refuse to wear white because one day, I might get something on myself!

    On the days I wear whites, I can honestly state that people (meaning visitors and patients) have a better reaction to my entering the room, doing an assessment, asking questions, doing teaching, whatever. Stereotypical? Sure. But so what. They like it, and I don't force myself to wear it, only do it when I want to.

    I just wanted to refute the idea that wearing white will somehow have you looking "dirtier" than if you wore colors. Regardless of what you're weraing, if you've gotten great rivers of Betadine, poo, etc on yourself, well....you ought to CHANGE!
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    Of course, if I'm covered in goop, I'll change. I think th ewhole white scrub dislike for me is because I hated nursing school so badly, and white scrubs remind me of it. Don't get me wrong, I love what I do, but this school had some real winners teaching. On a lighter note, until she died, my grandmother never got over the fact that RNs did not wear hats anymore. Does anyone still wear a hat? One lone nurse manager still wears the white dress, hose, NurseMates, and hat every day at my hospital.
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    This thread is O-L-D, old , but I'll bite.

    Personally, I would love to see uniforms at work for nurses and nurses aides. I really think that would go a long way toward patients being able to recognize their nursing staff, which are the really the only staff they NEED to know who's who, IMO. I've heard of a lot of hospitals establishing a different color for every dept - that seems confusing to me. When on earth does a pt or pt family urgently need to know who's a ward clerk? Yes it is helpful to know, but if all the aides wore navy blue and all the nurses wore ciel blue, the family would already know "OK, all the nursing people are in these colors". All of our housekeepers have a uniform, as do the dietary staff - polos in black and polos in marooon. This is helpful as it eliminates confusion when those individuals are in pt rooms that they are obviously not nursing staff. I've seen a lot of hospital/SNF housekeepers wearing scrubs and it always makes me cringe.

    I too have a pet peeve with the cartoon scrub tops. I always want to grab that nurse and inform her she works med-surg/tele, not PEDS! I think it is perfectly acceptable in Peds, for obvious reasons. I was actually poking fun at a co-worker last night for wearing an Eeyore scrub top - "Look out! She's dangerous! I can tell from her Eeyore scrub top!".

    I do have two printed scrub tops, but they are both pretty professional. I'll occasionally wear these flowered tops, but some of the prints out there are outrageous. I also don't like cutesy hearts. I had shirts like that in 2nd grade, people.
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    Quote from AngelfireRN
    Of course, if I'm covered in goop, I'll change. I think th ewhole white scrub dislike for me is because I hated nursing school so badly, and white scrubs remind me of it. Don't get me wrong, I love what I do, but this school had some real winners teaching. On a lighter note, until she died, my grandmother never got over the fact that RNs did not wear hats anymore. Does anyone still wear a hat? One lone nurse manager still wears the white dress, hose, NurseMates, and hat every day at my hospital.
    I hear you on the nursing school garb. I kinda thought I'd wear the uniform jacket again, had lots of pockets, but I just can't bring myself to do it! Still in a bag in the bottom of my closet, LOL.

    There's a few nurses in my facility that still wear the cap. One of those still wear complete white, whether it's pants of skirt. They do look like odd ducks, though; one patient thought the all-white-with-hat one was in COSTUME for something.

    Sometimes, just putting on the Nurse White Pants makes me feel more "nursey", LOL....and I really DO see the patients' and families' reactions differ on the positive side.

    Here's a weird twist to the Nurse in White thinking....we have an aide who wears all white, ala nursing style, sometimes even the full skirt with hose option. Of COURSE the patients all think she's a nurse; *I* thought she was a nurse when she floated from a different unit to ours. Talk about confusing the situation!
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    Quote from NursingAgainstdaOdds
    This thread is O-L-D, old , but I'll bite.
    .......
    I do have two printed scrub tops, but they are both pretty professional. I'll occasionally wear these flowered tops, but some of the prints out there are outrageous. I also don't like cutesy hearts. I had shirts like that in 2nd grade, people.
    Yeah, I saw it was like six years old, but hey, it's still a current topic!

    It's hard to find pretty and TASTEFUL prints, isn't it?? I guess I'm mostly in solids for that reason. Prefer small prints, and I personally am never going to wear a boldly-colored pattern of flipflops or dancing nurses on my clothes. Just not me, LOL.

    A co-worker of mine just adores those cartoon prints. I personally can't imagine myself as the CA patient opening up my emotional well to a nurse with Gumby and the Dancing Bandaids on her top. Maybe that's just me
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    Quote from RNsRWe
    There's a few nurses in my facility that still wear the cap. One of those still wear complete white, whether it's pants of skirt. They do look like odd ducks, though; one patient thought the all-white-with-hat one was in COSTUME for something.
    We have one of those (sans cap), pts actually always think she's "head nurse".
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    Gotta agree with the previous posters about the cartoon character tops!! I wear solid colors for that very reason. I have not work white since school however....I just hate how dirty it looks so quickly.
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    Quote from RNsRWe
    It's hard to find pretty and TASTEFUL prints, isn't it?? I guess I'm mostly in solids for that reason. Prefer small prints, and I personally am never going to wear a boldly-colored pattern of flipflops or dancing nurses on my clothes. Just not me, LOL.

    A co-worker of mine just adores those cartoon prints. I personally can't imagine myself as the CA patient opening up my emotional well to a nurse with Gumby and the Dancing Bandaids on her top. Maybe that's just me
    LMAO! I just saw the flip flop top the other day and I think I visibly cringed!

    I will say, however, when I worked as an aide at an assisted living facility I intentionally wore more "cheerful" prints, like flowered prints. My elderly residents always really liked that, and would compliment me all the time. They did, however, also like solid scrubs in tasteful colors, and ciel blue was the most popular. I did have an elderly gentleman surprise the heck out of me one day when I was wearing all black scrubs (yes, possibly not the best choice at this kind of facility, , but I felt like wearing black for a change of pace). He said I looked like a superhero.
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    LOL - cannot believe that black scrubs made the nursing home residents that uncomfortable!!! How funny!
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    Quote from NursingAgainstdaOdds
    LMAO! I just saw the flip flop top the other day and I think I visibly cringed!

    I will say, however, when I worked as an aide at an assisted living facility I intentionally wore more "cheerful" prints, like flowered prints. My elderly residents always really liked that, and would compliment me all the time. They did, however, also like solid scrubs in tasteful colors, and ciel blue was the most popular. I did have an elderly gentleman surprise the heck out of me one day when I was wearing all black scrubs (yes, possibly not the best choice at this kind of facility, , but I felt like wearing black for a change of pace). He said I looked like a superhero.
    A superhero!

    I don't think my more toned-down scrubs are at all non-cheery either; my patients ARE frequently commenting on the pleasing color, or the pretty floral pattern, or whatever. I was wearing red top, white bottoms one day when a little ol' thing smiled and said "you're wearing my favorite color!"

    Want something else to make you visibly cringe? Picture a very large, 50-ish woman wearing a Dora the Explorer bright pink ensemble. In an adult cardiac unit. Yep, thought it'd get you.


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