Professional appearance - page 4

by fergus51

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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 diarygirl512
    LOL - cannot believe that black scrubs made the nursing home residents that uncomfortable!!! How funny!
    Oh, I don't think she meant they were uncomfortable, but not sure why she looked like a superhero, either!

    People are funny.
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    Quote from RNsRWe
    Oh, I don't think she meant they were uncomfortable, but not sure why she looked like a superhero, either!

    People are funny.
    LOL yeah I think he was just trying to say he thought I looked sharp.
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    does anyone know where the idea of wearing only white uniforms for nursing originated and why???? (test question...ahem)
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    OLD THREAD ALERT!!! This thread is over 6 years old, although the subject matter still piques interest to this day.
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    History 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.

    Florence Nightingale

    Circa 1917

    Circa 1939

    Circa 1962

    *Photo Credits:
    1917 Uniforms - Department of the Navy
    1920-1950's Uniforms - United States Army Nurse Corps


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    another good reason that we have male nurses....otherwise they would look like this:

    m*a*s*h character
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    LOL - That picture is AWESOME!!!

    Yes this thread is old, Commuter, but it is still relevent!
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    I remember when I was younger, when someone said nurse I would have one visual...

    Clean and well kept
    All white uniforms
    Nurses cap
    Nice clean hands with clean short nails
    Constantly educating people.


    LOL!

    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
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    It's just scarey, isn't it???
    LOL!
    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:
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    Quote from CRNI-ICU20
    It's just scarey, isn't it???
    LOL!
    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:

    ROFL at the imagery! I don't know who the gal in the photo is, but she DOES look like someone I work with, right down to the pin on the lapel

    And like someone else here mentioned, she IS usually assumed to be the "Head Nurse"!


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