Yale-New Haven Nurses Go Blue

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    Nurses at Yale-New Haven hospital now have a new uniform.

    http://newhavenindependent.org/index..._blue/id_28015
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    Thanks for the post.. I live in the next town over, although I hadn't heard of the change. If does seem highly coincidental that the chosen color happens to be the Yale blue, but like the employees in the article said, it really doesn't matter; and from a patients point of view, it makes a lot of sense to have a standardized uniforms.

    The last paragraph is pretty sad though..

    "On another bench, a black nurse, who declined to give his name, said the color of his uniform doesn’t fix a bigger problem. He said in his six years at the hospital, patients often mistake him for a transport worker or an aide because of the color of his skin. One patient asked him for identification when he entered the room to give care, he said. “it doesn’t matter what color you’re wearing,” he said, “all they see is brown.”
    I'm a little surprised, given that New Haven has such diverse range of ethnic groups. I would guess that these comments come from patients who are brought in from outside the area, but who knows..
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    Quote from Hobbes02
    I'm a little surprised, given that New Haven has such diverse range of ethnic groups. I would guess that these comments come from patients who are brought in from outside the area, but who knows..
    I spent a few years in New Haven in the mid-'90s. I've lived my entire life in the South, but I've never encountered the kind of blatant racism and bigotry I encountered in New Haven. There are, like, 20 different racial/ethnic groups in New Haven, and they all hate each other. I never would have imagined such a thing possible in the "enlightened" North. I don't mean to suggest that everyone was like that, but the general, everyday level of bigotry and hostility was much higher than anything I've ever encountered before or since. I was truly shocked.
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    blatant racism?? bigotry?? i wouldnt say that from the limited info from the post. more like misconception of job duties..crap i've been called everything from janitor, security, plumber to surgeon in my short nursing career and many times all in one day. but i'm sure that nursing student will be traumatized and have episodes of ptsd for many yrs after the fact.
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    I'm in same boat, my new employer (and unit) has voted Royal blue for next 2 years. Have spent a small fortune- I have navy, purple, ceil and robin's egg blue from uniform company I have used for decades. Royal blue? Nope. Had to shell out nother 50.00 to new uniform company. Really now, does this make me more professional? No. Just more annoyed. Just MHO.
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    I don't see what the big deal is. I've had to wear uniforms for the last 3 hospitals I've worked for and I had to pay for all of them out of my own pocket! Ceil blue for the 1st and last job (thank God) and Navy blue for the second job. Oh, and you can't wear all white! Huh??? Wasn't that the original color for nurses at one point? :smackingf

    That's alright, I don't want people to be able to see my undergarments anyways!
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    Big deal is that my preferred uniform co. doesn't carry Royal blue. I have a closet full of professional (not royal blue) scrubs and not "cutsey" that I can't wear. I fully expect to buy my own scrubs. Had to go again- for 3rd time to find company that carries this color. Wee bit annoyed... Oh, and yes, we can wear white. Does that make me more professional? No. I can look pretty dingy and unprofessional in any color BTW.
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    Choice between three shades of blue? Blue, blue, and blue? Although blue is my favorite color, I think that choice was one-sided to begin with, rigged or not. And thank goodness they didn't come up with white, like some places are now doing.
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    Is yale hiring any new grads?
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    just saw this post and this makes so much sense!!!

    i had no idea about the new uniforms but, man, have you yale nurses been easy to spot this summer because of that color! i've seen you guys at bar (the restaurant), target, the mall and just generally all around town. i never noticed you guys, specifically, before but after seeing the first nurse in electric blue with a yale logo, i can see you all from blocks away.


    which brings me to another topic:
    kind of unsanitary...

    (no offense.)
    Last edit by BA_anthropology on Aug 6, '10
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