Nurses Protest Dress Code Changes - page 6

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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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    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!
    Exactly! That's what I meant when I said when healthcare workers have this need to be worshiped or intimidating.

    I have never wanted students or co-workers to respect me simply because of my presence or the uniform I wear. I earn respect through my skills and competence. For every nurse who is great at their job, there is always someone who makes smart !@# remarks, "demands respect," uses condescending language, and thinks they have everything figured out 3 minutes into report."Well, the doctor should be called about this and this needs to be ordered." Then you come in the next day and ask..."So did you get that life-altering order you interrupt me about during report?" "No... you see, blah, blah, blah." That's what I thought. And they are always the ones who who seem the most incompetent.

    I find that nurses who have the need to intimidate students or co-workers are insecure about themselves. Or, they were picked apart when they were younger and they could wait to pass on the behavior.

    I never want students to be intimidated by me. I want them to look up to me. There should be no joy in making students nervous or fumble their words. I'd rather them say "When I'm a nurse, I want to be just like him."
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    Quote from NurseRies
    That's a side tangent, but what is so wrong with wanting to look tailored, clean, and presentable?
    Nothing at all! But why do I have to wear all white, or the same colour as all my RN colleagues, to be considered tailored, clean, and presentable?

    My scrubs are always clean, fit properly (neither too voluminous nor too tight), and I arrive at work presentable... in my patterned tops.
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    Wow...if my place of employment told me I had to wear makeup to look more attractive I think I'd be calling the labor board, or an attorney, or someone!
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    Quote from CapeCodMermaid
    Wow...if my place of employment told me I had to wear makeup to look more attractive I think I'd be calling the labor board, or an attorney, or someone!
    I second that. That is just offensive.
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    Quote from CapeCodMermaid
    Wow...if my place of employment told me I had to wear makeup to look more attractive I think I'd be calling the labor board, or an attorney, or someone!
    Yeah, I have a good story about that garbage that I told in an "embarrassing interview" thread.
    It was over-the-top and many many years ago.
    I was super young and super stupid and there would be no way I'd put up with something like that now.
    Bottom line: your pts want someone who looks and smells clean and tidy.
    They don't care if you wear make-up.
    If an employer demands make-up and attractiveness, then it makes me wonder just who the heck I'm supposed to be trying to impress and look so smokin' hot for?!
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    Quote from Hygiene Queen
    p.
    If an employer demands make-up and attractiveness, then it makes me wonder just who the heck I'm supposed to be trying to impress and look so smokin' hot for?!
    I imagine customer service???



    I do sometimes think this is possible- you don't see too many dumpy people getting hired right now- I see nice looking younger people. Co- incedence?? I think not.

    Seriously- service industry. think hotel staff, airline flight attendents, etc.

    Operative word now- Nursing is a SERVICE industry.

    LOL
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    Quote from jrwest

    Operative word now- Nursing is a SERVICE industry.

    LOL
    Yes! it is! Why are people so upset to be considered a service industry?? Why get upset when people ask us to "fetch" things, as if we are a waitress. It is part if our job as it is part of MANY peoples' jobs. If there are nurses out there that hate people and hate customer service, why are they a nurse?! Think about how the entire country has to be a hospitality service now: if your accountant, dentist, or staff member at your gym was rude to you, you would feel upset! There are plenty of options out there and you can take your business elsewhere. Same goes for a hospital! I don't want my nurses being rude to me, and since I have a choice, why wouldn't I chose a friendly place? Granted that it also gives good care.

    Unbelievable that some nurses on this site think they are above being a servant occasionally. And above wearing a uniform because "that's what people at Walmart do". Well, so do marines and police officers. Service is part of our profession! Man up and put a smile on your face!! Your patients need some kindness in their lives.
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    Sure! not a problem to be a servant! But when being a servant interferes with my job which is to care for medical patients that's where the line should be drawn.

    Back to the uniform conversation :-)
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    Quote from jrwest
    Sure! not a problem to be a servant! But when being a servant interferes with my job which is to care for medical patients that's where the line should be drawn.

    Back to the uniform conversation :-)
    Very true! They will have to wait to get fresh ice for sure! But I don't think nurses are above uniforms either. I would def not compare us to a McDonald's employee. Which someone said earlier.
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    Quote from CapeCodMermaid
    Wow...if my place of employment told me I had to wear makeup to look more attractive I think I'd be calling the labor board, or an attorney, or someone!
    I agree Cape Cod Mermaid


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