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

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... Read More

  1. Visit  netglow profile page
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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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  2. Visit  Meriwhen profile page
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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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  3. Visit  steelcityrn profile page
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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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  4. Visit  ann4997 profile page
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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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  5. Visit  rn/writer profile page
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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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  6. Visit  MBARNBSN profile page
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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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  7. Visit  evolvingrn profile page
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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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  8. Visit  Lovelymo79 profile page
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    Quote from evolvingrn
    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!

    I DID think about that before. Working in the ER already as a tech, anyone in a business suit or even business casual definitely stands out. And I was thinking how uncomfortable I would feel..and on the SPOT in business casual. It's one thing if I was just taking a tour. But, 2 hours EACH in THREE areas...So, I'm glad she did say scrubs..lol.
  9. Visit  Lovelymo79 profile page
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    Quote from Meriwhen
    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!
    My next question was going to be...now, what COLOR scrubs should I wear??

    I have scrubs for work but I think I'm going to get a nice, new set of SOLID (I think I look ridiculous in prints..lol) scrubs. Nothing too bright but something that will look nice, yet professional on me and gives me confidence
  10. Visit  Lovelymo79 profile page
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    Once again, thanks guys for all of your help! You guys ROCK and I can't wait to tell you guys how it went! 2 weeks to go and counting!
  11. Visit  NurseChristine6 profile page
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    Hi Lovelymo79! I noticed you work at Scott & White and I applied for an internship position on STC5. I had a brief phone interview with them and since I will be in Texas this weekend I was asked to go in and shadow on the floor and continue the interview as well. I was told to wear scrubs. But my question is..what is the shadowing experience like? Will I be assigned to one particular nurse? Is it strictly just observation or can I help in some way? I'm a little nervous because ultimately it is the floor nurses who tell the nurse manager "yay or nay" so some tips would be very much appreciated! Thanks!
  12. Visit  giarose2007 profile page
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    I just did a job shadow and they told e before to where something nice but then when I arrived I had to wear scrubs... not sure why they said wear something nice when they were going to just put me in scrubs! haha
  13. Visit  Lovelymo79 profile page
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    Quote from NurseChristine6
    Hi Lovelymo79! I noticed you work at Scott & White and I applied for an internship position on STC5. I had a brief phone interview with them and since I will be in Texas this weekend I was asked to go in and shadow on the floor and continue the interview as well. I was told to wear scrubs. But my question is..what is the shadowing experience like? Will I be assigned to one particular nurse? Is it strictly just observation or can I help in some way? I'm a little nervous because ultimately it is the floor nurses who tell the nurse manager "yay or nay" so some tips would be very much appreciated! Thanks!
    Hi nursechristine,

    I can't tell you exactly how your shadowing experience will go because I shadowed before I interviewed. So, there was no real pressure. However, I'm guessing that you will be assigned one nurse (I was in each department I went to). It was mainly observation with me since I was not a nurse at the time, nor did I work there so there was very little I could do. But i did help turn patients and was made myself available as a second set of hands if the nurse needed me.
    I definitely smiled a lot and introduced myself to others and hopefully your nurse will introduce you to the others too. Just try to relax, play nice with every one and make a good impression.


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