Nurses Protest Dress Code Changes - page 5

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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 identify nurses. Read more:... Read More


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    Back in the day when I wore scrubs to work, every now and then I'd dress in all white....dress, hose, and shoes. The medical director walked by and commented "Is it Halloween?" i workrd at one place that required white bottoms, colored tops, and white underwear. The aforementioned medical director immediately volunteered to be the panty police. The rule lasted less than 5 days when the patients complained.
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    I graduated from nursing school during the dinosaur era and as a student it was a really ugly light blue dress, hose (pre-pantyhose) and cap. After graduation it was all white, I was thrilled when panty hose came out and even more thrilled when we could wear "colored" nylons...LOL.

    I'm not a fan of white, but if I had to I would wear it again, after all I can wear scrubs and that alone is a huge improvement over what I worked in for many years.
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    Quote from Not_A_Hat_Person

    I disagree. Pilots, police officers, and clergy are educated professionals, and they wear uniforms.
    Except pilots, police officers, and clergy have (for the most part) respect of the masses as same. We already struggle with that in nursing. Why make it easier?
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    Quote from hodgieRN
    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."
    Yup, it's all about nostalgia. When the nurse was a handmaiden. NOT RESPECTED. Do we REALLY want to go back to that?
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    Quote from wooh
    Yup, it's all about nostalgia. When the nurse was a handmaiden. NOT RESPECTED. Do we REALLY want to go back to that?
    I suppose you're right, but those old nurses in their whites and caps also used to scare the beegabbers out of me when I was really young and new.

    They had no problem getting my respect!

    In that case, I guess one could also argue that all white could also be intimidating?

    As for nostalgia... you got me there.
    I give... while it might of looked nice on me in 1988, my butt would look like a darn drive-in movie screen now.
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    I almost always wore all white for patient care. The facility didn't really like it. They wanted us to dress up in pretty scrubs. Even held an actual "fashion show" where nurses modeled what they considered attractive apparel. This is about the same time the memo came out that the females should wear makeup to be more attractive to the customers (patients). Bleah. White is Nightingale. White is professional. White shows that you are clean (because you don't really have a choice when you are wearing white, yes.) I think nurses gave up a lot when they started dressing like nurse aides. Flame away.
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    From a purely superficial standpoint, white top and darker bottoms is not a pretty look. We're required to wear a white top and turquoise pants, and there's something about the two colors hitting at the hip-line that makes even the most slender look extra wide.

    I like monochrome. I don't like white. It's too kitschy. I'm not a historical reenactor. Patterned scrubs should be illegal outside of peds.

    That is all.
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    Quote from Hygiene Queen
    I suppose you're right, but those old nurses in their whites and caps also used to scare the beegabbers out of me when I was really young and new.

    They had no problem getting my respect!

    In that case, I guess one could also argue that all white could also be intimidating?
    Within the profession there was long known via various sources of evidence and studies that clothing specifically nursing staff uniforms could evoke reactions in patients. For that reasons the first two areas of many facilities that allowed floor nurses out of total starched whites and caps were Peds and Psych.

    For the former it at first varied from just being allowed not to wear a cap to various "cheerful" patterned tops with white bottoms. The latter whites were pretty much abandoned in favour of street casual clothing. Even far back as the 1980's most nursing programs allowed students on their psych rotations out of uniform.

    Not wearing a cap in pediatric setting be it in hospital, clinic, physicans office or whatever often helped keep one's hair on one's head. As any mother or anyone who has taken care of toddler can attest they have tendency to grab onto things and pull; hard! For older boys the thing proved an attractive almost irresistible target for anything from spit balls to whatever else they could lob at you.
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    Quote from MunoRN
    When women wear all white people think "Nurse", when men wear all white people think "mental institution orderly".

    I think if patients could only pick their Nurse out of a lineup based on their scrub color then there's a problem. Shifts should start with "Hi Mr/Mrs____, I'm_______, your Nurse today."
    The first part would probably fit in well at my job. lol. I am LOL imagining it lol. I do not look good in all white. If I do not look good, I do not feel good. or up to working. too paranoid about my appearance. Despite what people say, rarely does any one look good or presentable in white scurbs. Some of the white scrub tops seem to be pretty thin and I do not like my undershirt being seen either, nude colored or not, i don't care , it looks trashy in the clinical setting. . not at work in those flourescent lights.
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    I love the idea of wearing all white because it almost demands that's you take some time the night before or morning of to make sure you are presentable. Stains happen and white is probably the easiest thing to clean because you can just bleach it!

    I used to work at the Cheesecake Factory, where we were expected to have starched, white aprons, white pants, white shoes, and a starched and ironed white shirt, with a tie. This is a restaurant, not a hospital, but my 8 years in the service industry have led me to believe that there is more professionalism in food and Bev then there is in healthcare. That's a side tangent, but what is so wrong with wanting to look tailored, clean, and presentable?
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