Nurses Protest Dress Code Changes - page 4

by DoGoodThenGo

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 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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    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.
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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.
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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!
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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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    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
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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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    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!
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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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    Quote from SaoirseRN
    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".
    I disagree. Pilots, police officers, and clergy are educated professionals, and they wear uniforms.
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