Professional appearance - page 3
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... Read More
Aug 14, '07Gotta 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.
Aug 14, '07Quote from RNsRWeLMAO! I just saw the flip flop top the other day and I think I visibly cringed!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
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 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.
Aug 14, '07LOL - cannot believe that blackmade the nursing home residents that uncomfortable!!! How funny!
Aug 14, '07Quote from NursingAgainstdaOddsA superhero!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.
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.
Aug 14, '07Quote from diarygirl512Oh, I don't think she meant they were uncomfortable, but not sure why she looked like a superhero, either!LOL - cannot believe that black scrubs made the nursing home residents that uncomfortable!!! How funny!
People are funny.
Aug 14, '07Quote from RNsRWeLOL yeah I think he was just trying to say he thought I looked sharp.Oh, I don't think she meant they were uncomfortable, but not sure why she looked like a superhero, either!
People are funny.
Aug 14, '07does anyone know where the idea of wearing only white uniforms for nursing originated and why???? (test question...ahem)
Aug 14, '07OLD THREAD ALERT!!! This thread is over 6 years old, although the subject matter still piques interest to this day.
Aug 14, '07History of Nursing Uniforms
The history of nursing uniforms goes back over a century ago and is a strong part of nursing history itself. Certainly the most famous woman of nursing would be Florence Nightingale. Florence's desire to have a career in medicine was reinforced when she met Elizabeth Blackwell at St. Bartholomew's Hospital in London in 1851. Blackwell was the first woman to qualify as a doctor in the United States. Through the efforts of Florence, the roots of nursing were established.
Nursing uniforms also have their origins from nuns who were associated with medicine as providing comfort and assistance to doctors. It was only natural that this association led to the nursing uniform being derived from a nun’s habit. The long dress was completed with a cape and hat that were very similar to nun’s clothing. This garment type became the icon of nursing, especially when nursing became a prominent career in the early 1900’s.
During the First World War, the American Red Cross served as a nursing reserve for the U.S. Army and Navy. The Red Cross nursing uniforms were also worn by nurses of the armed services. These early uniforms established the initial patterns for nurses and the Army Nurse Corps. The garments were white with the internationally recognized Red Cross and featured a cape and hat. This style continued through out history with some modifications through the 1960’s.
Through history the nursing uniforms changed as a part of necessity and function of nursing. As the nursing profession came more into being a stronger part of the relationship with doctors, nurses needed garments that provided more function and a design that reflected their Doctor counterparts. In the 1970’s nursing uniforms became more colorful and styled to fit the changing role of the nurse. Hospital scrubs now became a part of the uniform for both identity and practicality.
Since the 70’s the history of nursing uniforms has evolved into today’s nursing uniform which like the medical industry has expanded into different areas of medicine, from radiology to surgical areas to men entering the field of healthcare. These changes led to today’s’ nursing uniforms which are specifically designed for the different roles of nurses and the need for a garment to function with the operations of nurses. Color and prints not only offer a unique look to a nursing department but also make patients more comfortable in the hospital environment.
1917 Uniforms - Department of the Navy
1920-1950's Uniforms - United States Army Nurse Corps
Aug 14, '07another good reason that we have male nurses....otherwise they would look like this:
Aug 14, '07LOL - That picture is AWESOME!!!
Yes this thread is old, Commuter, but it is still relevent!
Aug 14, '07I remember when I was younger, when someone said nurse I would have one visual...
Clean and well kept
All white uniforms
Nice clean hands with clean short nails
Constantly educating people.
I personally wear my hair back because I dont want it hanging down in my face. I don't have long nails because I know that they carry tons of bacteria. I always make sure my scrubs are wrinkle free ( for the most part ). I don't wear any jewelry. My rings and gloves just don't mix. Oh... and I am an avid hand washer!
Nursing school definitely put a bearing on me!Last edit by MadisonsMomRN on Aug 14, '07
Aug 14, '07It's just scarey, isn't it???
She looks like my old nursing instructor back in th 1970's.....I was gonna say the '70's but I was afraid you all would think 1870's!! ugh!
But...my first nursing instructor was Jean Thompson.....she taught all us fresh faced CNA's the art and science of proper bedpan placement....and it progressed from there! She wore the traditional cap with the navy blue stripe across....she also had a cape that covered her starched uniform...I swear, it was bullet proof it was sooooo stiff..
her stockings were white with seams up the back...and perfectly straight...her shoes were shiny white....they looked like show room shoes....and they squeaked on tiled floors....her hair was greying, curled short, and very tidy....no hair was out of place...in fact, she never touched her hair....she never chewed gum, I don't think she even farted....EVER! I am convinced she wasn't really a real person....quite possibly a government experiment...or something! Because, people just cannot be THAT perfect....can they???
I have to go drag my scrubs out of the dryer now...nitey nite....:spin: