Hello everyone! When I first started out working in the hospital, I was a nursing tech in pre-op/post-op for same day surgery and then switched to pedi inpt/ED. There were no limits to the dress code, so I had some fun with it. I'm a kid at heart and so I bought some "cutesy" scrubs, from Bambi to flowers. After NS, I worked in psych nursing. I continued to wear the scrubs that I'd already had from working as a tech and accumulated a bunch more scrubs. Pretty much all of my scrubs are "cutesy", from cartoon characters to butterflies and the like. I've never had a patient complain about my appearance and my scrubs have often served as a conversation starter, "Hey, I used to like XYZ movie or cartoon."
I'm about ready to switch to a role as an RN in a SNF and think my scrubs will be just fine there, but I'm worried about perception of my professionalism from other staff. I feel comfortable with what I'm wearing and don't think the patients will have objections, but I'm nervous that my new colleagues might think I'm "childish" for my scrub choices. Am I just being silly and paranoid?
May 4, '13
by ProfRN4, MSN
I'm going to be an old fart and go against the grain here. I think in the majority of specialties, they look unprofessional. I was a Peds nurse, and I did get caught up in having every character under the sun. After a few years, I started to feel like I got too old for it. I don't think they are inappropriate in a Peds setting though, I just felt like I needed to tone it down a bit. I would wear visually appealing colors, but mostly solid tops. I had my holiday ones at I would bring out PRN. Kids definitely respond to them though.
I don't think anyone in an adult setting should be wearing Sesame Street or Dora. I think some of the non-kiddie prints are way too busy.
The trend where I live seems to be back to basics. The hospital where I go to clinicals has an all-white dress code for the floors. The Peds units have the option of wearing one specific color top, and white pants. Some just wear all white.
Like I said, I'm old now (well, oldER). When I was younger, the first hospital I worked at was all-whites. I though it was so lame. Now I see the value in it. Or at least, the value of one designated color for nurses (but it is anything other than white, it doesn't necessarily scream "I am your nurse", where white usually does).
Last edit by ProfRN4 on May 6, '13