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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... Read More

  1. Visit  babyNP. profile page
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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.
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  2. Visit  Hygiene Queen profile page
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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.
  3. Visit  gaonsi profile page
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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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  4. Visit  edmia profile page
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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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  5. Visit  DizzyLizzyNurse profile page
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    Quote from Hygiene Queen
    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.
    I'd only hate navy blue if I had to wear it every single day. I had to wear maroon as a CNA and even tho I haven't been a CNA in 9 years I still have never worn maroon.
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  6. Visit  danee4 profile page
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    I know I'm a brand new nurse, but I like the idea of different colors for different employees. I had a few experiences at clinicals where I went through a few people in scrubs before a found a nurse. The facility where I did my preceptorship had the nurses where white on the bottom and a free for all on top. I know the nurses didn't appreciate it a week during the month, but it really helped me when I needed a nurse to help me.
  7. Visit  Esme12 profile page
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    Hummm...white.....I'm the white generation. White is a diffiucult color to keep white.....white shows things like nothing else. Then it stains and you end up spending a forutne on clothes....whereas a darker color might camouflage that Activated charcoal or sprayed betadine...where white it' ruined even if it brand new.


    While I believe that different employees need to be in separate colors to identify who's who......I'm not sure white is the color to choose.
  8. Visit  CarryThatWeight profile page
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    At my facility we just changed to royal blue, and the top must be embroidered with the hospital name, logo, and title (Registered Nurse, etc.). There was a huge backlash but the hospital went ahead with it anyway. They restricted us to three brands of scrubs, and only one vendor. I suppose it makes it easier to identify who's who and I hope it improves patient experiences. Some of the patients have complained that they don't get to see our personalities anymore though. Can't please everyone!
  9. Visit  SaoirseRN profile page
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    Quote from DoGoodThenGo

    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
    Yes but we are talking here about hospitals assigning uniforms.
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  10. Visit  KayRN1 profile page
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    Quote from Ivana RN-BC
    I am pro one color scrubs for several reasons. But I do believe nurses should be able to vote their color. We went with black.
    Nurses walking in my room wearing ALL black?? I don't know even as a nurse I can picture myself as a patient waiting for the angel of death to visit my room and bring me me what may be my last cup of water! lol
  11. Visit  hodgieRN profile page
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    I would never wear white. All the guys on my floor voted no on it. 90% of the women on my floor voted no on it. Almost everyone I know hates the idea of wearing all white. It's so...blank. In my opinion, I think the movement for wearing all white has more to do with nostalgia; not with respect or the ability to identify others. Someone is always talking about getting back to "how it used to be." Oh, you're wearing white...you must be a nurse...I'm not worthy...I'm not worthy!"

    If people are so concerned with identification, why is half the hospital wearing labs coats? Personally, I think practitioners should be only ones to wear coats (doctors, nurse practitioners, PA's, pharmacists, PhDs) Now, RT's, ortho techs, and any nurse that is not at the bedside wears a coat.... as if a staff nurse at the bedside is a subordinate. I hate it when some staff nurse with a lab coat starts barking orders at me. No, I don't think so. I understand administration wearing them and I understand managers wearing them in order to establish seniority, but now-a-days, I think pts are more confused about who is a doctor. I never hear nurses complain about how lab coats are confusing pts, but it does! How many hospital workers (with lab coats) have you seen not correct the pt when they call the nurse "doctor". Some people love it. Why is there this need to feel so special from everyone else. I am not above an LPN with 20 years experience, I am not above a paramedic who pulls people from burning cars, I am not above a physical therapist who helps people walk after a stroke, and I am not above a CNA who carries out the tasks of lazy nurses.

    If there's anything that has given nurses respect, it's been our ability to carry more responsibility and our ability expand our clinical practice. Personally, I don't like all white. I agree with nurses all wearing one color but specifically wearing white..... someone is desperate for attention because they know that no other department really wants it, so what better why to put ourselves on a pedestal. I think there's a reason all white went away. Most people don't like it. I completely understand tradition, but if everyone hated green, nurses would be all about green.

    Just my opinion...

    Now that I think of it, I cringe when people have all white shoes. Especially the dude with jeans and all white sneakers. Dude, be better than the Gap.

    Navy blue scrubs and white shoes looks awkward. If there's a fanny pack involved...then it's awesome.
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  12. Visit  itsnowornever profile page
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    Quote from KayRN1

    Nurses walking in my room wearing ALL black?? I don't know even as a nurse I can picture myself as a patient waiting for the angel of death to visit my room and bring me me what may be my last cup of water! lol
    I work l&d and there are days I wear all black, makes sense to me! Amniotic fluid stains, and don't get me talking about meconium!

    Posting from my phone, ease forgive my fat thumbs!
  13. Visit  Not_A_Hat_Person profile page
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    I'm a fan of color-coding, but not white. It's impossible to keep clean, and shows everything unless your skin is very pale. Flesh-toned underwear is hard to find for many skin colors.

    I worked in 1 facility where the staff was color-coded. Nurses wore sky blue, LNAs wore Caribbean blue, RTs wore green.

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