Black - The New White For Nurses?

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    The facility where I work went over to all black scrubs for nurses in March of 2011. We were all shocked! Patients even asked if we were in mourning for the first few months.

    I had a procedure at another facility this week and the nurses were all wearing black. Said they started wearing all black scrubs Nov 1st of this year.

    Yesterday, I had an eye exam and the opthamalic technicians were wearing all black scrubs and said they had been for about 6 months.

    Apparently black is the new white for nurses? I don't get it. Black is depressing, patients don't like the black. Administration says black is professional. Don't get me wrong, I would never want to go back to all white but....black?

    Anyone else wearing black?
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    We're stuck in royal blue, and lots of nurses at other hospitals are stuck in navy. It seems like blue is the new white for us.
    DTW90 and Orange Tree like this.
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    I prefer navy blue to white, or black. Black is just bad taste.
    hikernurse likes this.
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    We're navy blue and white, CNAs and unit clerks wear green, and ancillary departments (radiology, respiratory, the like) are khaki and black, but I think all black is kind of unofficially a no-go. I can see black for hiding stains and the like, but all black? Ick.
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    Unless you have a white cat, I see nothing wrong with black. The navy blues often look dingy pretty fast. Burgundy generally looks nice. I don't wear scrubs, so I am long past caring, lol.
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    Many local hospitals (including my workplace) require nurses to wear royal blue scrubs.
    DTW90 likes this.
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    We went all one uniform color too. Black was an option we got to vote for...but i felt like we would all look like a place in mourning if we ALL work black. Perhaps like a grim reeper?
    We ended up going Navy blue. Respiratory therapy however wears all black. It looks terrible (In my opinion) it attracts and shows EVERY dust and speck. if you have animals...forget it! Keep a roller in your pocket. Even ones who don't have animals it somehow finds their way to their scrubs. They hate wearing black...it's only been 2 years and they are already talking about going to a hunter green type color or royal blue.
    Orange Tree likes this.
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    BlueDevil, I do have a totally white cat! I was just thinking how I would look with white cat hair all over my black scrubs when I read your post!
    Szasz_is_Right and imintrouble like this.
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    I personally think a solid primary color looks much more professional, like hunter, burgundy, navy. The least professional, in my opinion, is cartoon character scrubs. When I worked Pediatric ICU, we wore purple. We called it PICU purple; even our stethoscopes were purple. We eventually added hunter and the colors looked great together. "Black" does not look good on everyone~ I am very pale and very blonde and would look like a washed-out ghost in black.
    konoha, anotherone, Orange Tree, and 1 other like this.
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    We are still allowed to wear anything that matches and solid pants. (Yes that's in the policy).

    I have a black set, but I wear a short sleeve under armor shirt under them in either safety yellow or a very bright pink.

    Our ER staff wears black.
    anotherone likes this.


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