Nurses Protest Dress Code Changes - page 3

Ordered to wear white, nurses at 15 area hospitals say the new scrubs will accentuate blood stains, reveal undergarments and turn yellow. North Shore LIJ says white uniforms will help patients identify nurses. Read more:... Read More

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    Quote from NurseGuyBri
    I'm going to sound kooky here too. I'm a guy. I wear white boxers (so now you know my boxers vs briefs story) and I LOVE wearing all white. Yes it gets very dirty. Yes, it gets discolored. But something happens when you wear all white. Try it. You start feeling the part a little more. You will be immediately sought out. FAMILY MEMBERS TREAT YOU DIFFERENT.

    When I got into management I stopped wearing scrubs and started wearing nice slacks, shoes, tie, etc. (and no, I don't wear ties much). Family members and angry patients responded better to me than when in any old scrubs. There is more of an internal transformation and you start to respect yourself more and act more professional. I know you think I'm crazy; to think that a simple white uniform can do this- but it can, and it does!

    Now I don't mandate dress code in my facility. Why? It's just too difficult to get going and I don't want to kill morale because I know of the initial backlash. I'm coming up with a plan, though. Either way, I think it's a great idea.
    Well unless you want your staff to do to you what Sherman did to Atlanta I'd stay away from requiring caps! *LOL*
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    Quote from Ruby Vee
    I agree with the line in the article that says professionals ought to be able to choose their own dress. Color coding employees doesn't improve customer service -- "customers" will still ask the housekeeper for a glass of water and the nurse for more toilet paper. A lot of hospitals are going this way these days, and I think it's a way to "put nursing in its place" when we've gotten "too uppity."
    Think what is happening is that for many areas of the country hospitals are locked in an arms race to get butts in beds, and the losers are having to shut down. In particular everyone is going after private insurance or self paying customers as Medicare/Medicaid rates are being cut. Know no one wants to hear it but hospitals have become a quasi-service *business*. It is sad that things are going this way but whatever it takes to make *clients* (formerly known as patients) happy seems to go these days.

    I swear, if one hospital can find away to get their nurses back into starched whites and caps, and it is successful in terms of showing increased patient satisfaction/quality rates then the rest of ya'll better watch out. *LOL*
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    we've had to wear white scrub tops for a while now. I do find what is nice about white is that I dont feel bad about using bleach wipes on any spots I get. Especially when I spill my coffee. LOL
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    I like white as well. I like wearing white, nonscrub as well. I have white scrubs I wear to work now, with a colored top under.It just goes with a lot of things. I agree that they are much harder to keep clean but in this day and age nurses are still depicted as wearing white and most people relate to that color with trust.

    When I was a CNA back in 2000, I worked for a facility that ALL nursing staff had to wear ALL white, and also had to wear white tights if you were a woman, even if you had pants on. Men had to wear white dress socks... I am sure those were MUCH harder to find.
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    I don't have problems with dress codes per se. I agree fully that certain rules of dress are important and professional, such as being clean and not showing cleavage, and sometimes (in the case of shoes) are a matter of safety.

    However, I dislike the notion that an employer would mandate nurses to wear a specific "uniform", for the following reasons.

    Nursing is a profession, and nurses are educated professionals. We are unique in that, unlike most places of work where the ones with the education are fewer in number and the "lesser workers" make up the majority of the staff, in nursing (hospital nursing) the nurses tend to outnumber the other types of workers. We might have 10 nurses on the ward, but only 2 housekeepers, for instance.

    Places like fast food restaurants require their employees wear uniforms. Walmart employees and supermarket cashiers, likewise.

    Placing us in uniform, to me, feels like reducing us to mere "workers".

    Most of us wear scrubs as a matter of convenience and practicality on the job. I don't think that wearing a printed top makes me less of a nurse. I like to look nice. If I had a degree and career in a different profession, I would dress myself in nice clothing and it wouldn't match that of my colleagues. It's the same with scrubs. Why shouldn't we be able to pick something that's nice as well as functional, and why should we be made to look like cookie-cutter workers?
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    Quote from SaoirseRN
    I don't have problems with dress codes per se. I agree fully that certain rules of dress are important and professional, such as being clean and not showing cleavage, and sometimes (in the case of shoes) are a matter of safety.

    However, I dislike the notion that an employer would mandate nurses to wear a specific "uniform", for the following reasons.

    Nursing is a profession, and nurses are educated professionals. We are unique in that, unlike most places of work where the ones with the education are fewer in number and the "lesser workers" make up the majority of the staff, in nursing (hospital nursing) the nurses tend to outnumber the other types of workers. We might have 10 nurses on the ward, but only 2 housekeepers, for instance.

    Places like fast food restaurants require their employees wear uniforms. Walmart employees and supermarket cashiers, likewise.

    Placing us in uniform, to me, feels like reducing us to mere "workers".

    Most of us wear scrubs as a matter of convenience and practicality on the job. I don't think that wearing a printed top makes me less of a nurse. I like to look nice. If I had a degree and career in a different profession, I would dress myself in nice clothing and it wouldn't match that of my colleagues. It's the same with scrubs. Why shouldn't we be able to pick something that's nice as well as functional, and why should we be made to look like cookie-cutter workers?
    Historically aside from student's most hospitals never assigned a "uniform" just what it could or could not be under the dress code.

    Pipe: Professional Practical/Vocational Nursing - Lois Harrion - Google Books
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    At my facility, we have a large red badge along with our regular badge that says "RN" and pharmacists have green ones "Rx" and docs have blue "Doctor" on them. I think that readily solves the problem...my Dad used to be a DON and when he saw my badge, he loved it and instituted it at his own hospital.
    anotherone, wooh, and DizzyLizzyNurse like this.
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    My first job as a CNA was eons ago in a facility that required all white for nurses and aides.
    We wore uniforms-- not scrubs and the nurses wore caps. I loved my starched dresses and white hose and we all looked super sharp (at the beginning of the shift).
    But, even though I felt good in my uniform, I also came to hate white and I refused to buy any street clothes in white... I just got so sick of looking at it.

    Anyway, I'm torn because I agree with so many points both for and against color-coding.

    My fear is that my facility (psych) change our dress code to something nasty like a polo and khakis.
    I'll quit .

    I actually worry more about cut than color because I have seen (like in nursing school) where everybody is required to wear the exact same scrubs and the cut may have been okay for some gals, but positively humiliating for others.
    If I have to be stuck wear a certain color, I better be able to pick the style!

    The danger of color-coding?
    The poor guy who gets hired to work the unit that decides the way to go is that oh-so-pretty shade of pink.

    How about we just say that all nurses around the world wear navy blue?
    Does anybody really hate navy blue?
    I don't think so.
    And it always seemed like the "secondary" nurse color to me... I remember the nurses in their white uniforms and navy sweaters... I equate navy blue with nursing.
    So, I'm declaring navy blue as the official nurse color and I will be so happy to never have to look at another Hello Kitty scrub top on an adult unit ever again.
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    The hospital I wear at makes us wear all white. I don't like it for a number of reasons. We all worry about starting our monthly cycle and having a huge red stain and getting dreaded green surgical scrubs that make you stick out like a sore thumb. Also, I'm very bottom heavy and like everyone, there are parts of my body that I strategically dress to hide when I'm not at work. all white dose nothing but bring attention to the parts of everyone's body that they're insecure about. On the flip side, wearing white does give a heightened awareness to how you handle patients and standard of cleanliness. That's how butchers ended up wearing white; To assure they wore clean garments. Anywho, it is what it is. Suck it up, be flexible. Administration will always make decisions that staff nurses don't agree with.
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    I'm opposed to any mandated anything in principle.

    But, they're only being asked to wear white tops! If it was an all white outfit, I'd feel differently. I cannot believe anyone would wear white bottoms to work. So sick of seeing your stripped underwear people!

    I actually like the darker bottom and white top combo. Grey bottoms are my favorite.

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