Excited about shadowing opportunity but.....what to wear?? - page 2

by Lovelymo79

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Hi All! I am super excited about the opportunity to shadow in my top 3 choice areas for a graduate nurse internship. 2 hours in the ER, 2 hours in ICU and 2 hours on an observation unit! Since my application is already in,... Read More


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    I would wear scrubs and a lab coat or jacket. Keep a set of nice clothes in your car.

    Even though you are shadowing, you don't want to risk being in an opportunity to ruin good clothes. And keep your hands off of the patients unless you are invited to help with something.
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    i didn't recommend wearing scrubs so she could help someone out as an attempt to impress anyone. i think it's common sense and common decency to help out within your scope (and yes, there ARE things you can do even as a shadowing student) when someone is busy and has their hands full. i'd feel rather silly standing there staring at someone who could use a hand - it has nothing at all to do with impressing anyone - but that's just me.
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    Quote from mbarnbsn
    [font=verdana][font=verdana]op: no one (future co-workers in particular) are really impressed as you think with people who jump in to do dirty things when he/she is trying to get a job. they are used to seeing former and current interns/externs/student nurses/volunteers/new grads doing everything under the sun to be noticed. your future co-workers will be impressed after you have the job and you go out of your way for a patient that is not yours. thus, focus on your future bosses and be dressed for an interview. this means you should also carry a copy of your resume and portfolio at all times, plus use the opportunity to take notes, network, and find out the names and contact information of hiring managers.
    ohhhh, i disagree (not about carrying the resume and portfolio everywhere- that's great advice). shadowing is part of the interview- how well you interact with the staff (and patients, within whatever limitations you're under) is part of the decision making process. this is what our school's career office counseled us on, and when i was preparing to shadow at the place that ended up offering me a job, a recent hire i knew through a friend told me that the unit really looks well on shadowers who look for ways to be involved during their shadowing. i took that advice and it certainly didn't hurt because i got the job.

    as a new nurse, we have had several students on the floor and i'm *always* appreciative of the ones who really step up. i don't care if they're doing it to get noticed- it works and does make them look good to be proactive and helpful.


    i was instructed by the hospital to wear scrubs to shadow. i was expecting a peer interview, and ended up having another interview with one of the managers who wasn't there for the previous interview. if they're doing an impromptu interview on a shadowing day, they're not going to fault you for wearing the clothing that you shadowed in.
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    OP, glad you were able to get clarification. It makes sense really, to be in nursing attire. Of course!!! Think of the patients. You will be entering patient rooms, etc. If I were a patient, I would expect and be comfortable with someone in scrubs entering my room. But I would not be so comfortable with someone entering my room in street clothes... its a perception thing. Even tho you would be with staff, there you are looking like you just decided to walk in off the street and look at people - kinda feels uncomfortable for the patient.
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    Quote from Lovelymo79
    I received this from the nurse recruiter today:

    I would recommend wearing scrubs and athletic shoes (something comfortable). I know it seems funny to 'dress down' when you are potentially meeting the hiring managers but believe me they will not find it offensive and would rather you be comfortable and better able to fully experience the shadowing opportunity.


    So...I guess scrubs it is!
    Then there you go! Make sure it's the nicest set of scrubs that you own and that they are clean and wrinkle-free.

    I'd also avoid prints and stick with solid colors, but that's my personal preference. But if you're a print fan and they're appropriate for the setting, then go for it!
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    I have seen this question before. You basically need to ask the facility where you will be and what they expect you to wear.
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    I was recently invited to shadow on a floor for which I interviewed and I wore scrubs. Like a previous poster recommended, I would also suggest that you wear solid scrubs and wear your hair up, small earrings, no nail polish (I had just had my nails done and removed my polish because so many places have policies on fake nails/nail polish - I didn't want to take any chances -- look like you are ready to work and that you fit in. Even though you aren't going to be doing any real hands on, direct patient care there are things that you can do -- ask the nurse you are shadowing. I offered to do various things (not trying to suck up in any way - no my personality), because I like to be busy and it is my personality to be helpful -- hired or not. Whatever I did worked, because I got the job (yay, me!!). Also, I agree with "onaclearday" about how wearing business clothes while you are walking in a room with nurse could put the patient off -- perception is right. If you are wearing scrubs and look like a medical professional and the nurse you are shadowing is asking the patient how they are feeling, etc. I believe they are going to be more relaxed and would be more forthcoming in relaying their personal information to you than if you had business clothes on. Just my opinion.

    So, I am glad that your facility got back to you and you know what to wear, the only other thing I would do is to bring a positive attitude and be assertive.

    If you do meet with the nurse manager after you finish shadowing I would talk with them about things you saw that you liked and how whatever attributes you have could benefit THEM. How you would fit in or they would benefit from employng you because of x,y,z.

    Best of luck to you.
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    Glad you asked the recruiter and got the info you needed.

    Hope all goes well for you.

    Please, let us know what happens.
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    Quote from hiddencatrn
    shadowing is part of the interview- how well you interact with the staff (and patients, within whatever limitations you're under) is part of the decision making process.
    true, if you are told to shadow as part of your interview process. i have yet to have this happen to me, but if this is the case for the op, then yes, he/she should wear scrubs. otherwise, if you choose to shadow for your own benefit, then no, this is not necessarily true.

    in general, i appreciate help from anyone, but i do not go out of my way to praise those i do not know to my nurse manager (that puts me at risk if the person turns out to be a bad employee). however, if i know the person outside of the shadowing experience on my unit, then i will take the time to provide praise to the nurse manager. besides, although i have met student nurses who i think are a waste of space, i have yet to meet a shadow or volunteer i did not like so i would not have anything special to say about one vs another.
    Last edit by MBARNBSN on Mar 1, '11
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    for shadowing you wear scrubs, because you will be around pts and you should blend in. someone in a business suit observing would be uncomfortable for the pt. Good lucK!
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