Nursing is a profession, and nurses are always clammoring to be treated as professionals. It's therefore realistic to dress as professionals. Long hair should be tied back (wouldn't want my hair in "unlovely" stuff!) There have been multiple findings reporting the greater incidence of bacteria in nurse's long acrylic fingernails -- infant deaths have been linked to this (I believe there were several deaths in Texas.)Personal expression is great -- we should all be proud of who we are. When we're at work, we should always try to look professional, minimal jewelry (don't want to scratch the patients), realistic nails, hair out of face, appropriate make-up, clean/realistically neat scrubs
. Let's not look generic, just professional. I usually wear SCRUBS tops different color bottoms. One day, I wore a cute white jumper & white t-shirt. One nurse asked if all my scrubs were in the wash "no one wears all white." I never do, either. Funny thing is, I got more positive comments that day from both staff and patients on how great/professional I looked. Only wear that jumper several times year -- hate wearing nylons. But what I learned was that patients really notice how we dress. Excuse me, got to tie my hair back, trim my nails, tone down my makeup, and put on my colorful iguana scrub top & purple clogs.
[This message has been edited by susanmary (edited March 15, 2001).]