I feel dumber after reading some of the comments.
Partial comment from # 134:
<<I am in business development for a home healthcare agency serving patients over almost 800 square miles. I look like every other young professional woman out there. I do NOT wear scrubs! That being said, on some days (health fairs, referral source visits) I come into potential daily contact with literally thousands of people in multiple locations, in various states of health and cleanliness. How do I (and my family) stay healthy?
Thanks to excellent Nursing Assistant training by an RN many years ago, I am always cognizant that I may potentially be the one to make you sick! I wash my hands countless times daily, and use sanitizer. I store my supplies including literature and giveaways in a closed plastic container as I travel, take out only what I need, and never move items from one place to another. I remove my shoes just inside my door, sometimes I shower immediately when returning home, and launder clothes after each wearing. I do keep separate work/home wardrobes. I'm not militant or extreme, just AWARE.>>
So, how is this any different if I wear scrubs and do all the same practices?? Are scrubs just more inherent to becoming infected??
<<ALL health workers should be required to put on freshly sanitized clothing as they arrive at work - NO street clothes should ever be worn by health care workers on the job.>>
OK. Some people have also been posting we should only wear sterile scrubs. Why stop at just scrubs in the hospital? Why don't change scrubs and shower in between each room each time, since any nurses' share of patient rooms could have a wide variety of communicable, hazardous, infections!