Color Code for All - page 3

So, where I work, we supply our own uniforms. Some units, like L&D and OR, have hospital issued scrubs and each service has a color code. When I first got hired, I was told that the entire... Read More

  1. by   Turd Ferguson
    I was hired recently for a new job, the unit is color coded- fine with me, I really like the idea as I am a very visual person. So I drop about 60 bucks on a pair of Aviators in the assigned color to make sure they fit before I order many more pairs. The other day I found out the entire hospital will be switching to a color coded system in a couple of months, and it will not be the color that I purchased. All uniforms are purchased with personal money, no allowance from work. So basically, I have buy scrubs to last a month or two, then re-purchase in a new color.

  2. by   aprilfresh
    We're color coded - Nursing is navy. Techs are OR green. Unit clerks are purple. Dietary = black. Xray = red. Formula room = pink.
  3. by   going2BaNurse2014
    At the hospital where I was a pt 2x they had a color coded system but the hospital provided and laundered the scrubs. Phlebotomy got red, L&D and OB got pinkish/mauve/burgundy color, yes it was quite awesome to see the men who had to wear them, they were all awesome though. MDs and nurses all wore the same colors in each unit too. Surgery got green scrubs. ER nurses wore black, MDs wore cammies or blue scrubs usually.

    It worked out well I guess, they seem to still go with this formula. It was a military hospital. Most of the nurses and aides and techs that worked in the primary care offices got to wear whatever scrubs they wanted to.
  4. by   tech1000
    Quote from justme79
    I thought a color code system was a good idea was I was in nursing school. Then reality hit when I started to practice, patients will not remember and do not need the extra stress of trying to remember who wears what color. I recently started working on an oncology/hematology unit and many patients tell me that they appreciate the bright colors we wear. To identify ourselves EVERYONE must introduce themselves to the patients and their families. The hospital I work for also has RNs, LPNs, and TECHs wear the glow-in-the-dark badge that hangs below our hospital badge. Even physicians can identify this system!!
    I thought the point of wearing them was more for hospital staff. I work in an ER and like that we're color coded. It's a big hospital so knowing that I'm looking at a nurse, respiratory therapist, mental health tech, x-ray, or anything, is helpful. It made being new here much easier and when people float to the department, they know what color uniform to find in order to ask a question. I love being color coded.
  5. by   turnforthenurse
    At the other institution I used to work at, most floors could wear whatever they wanted. Some floors (mainly the ICU step-down and the neuro/trauma unit) made nurses wear ciel blue and techs/aides wear dark gray.

    At my current institution, we can also wear whatever want; however, starting January 1st, we are switching over to color-coded uniforms. I guess the entire hospital was able to vote on their uniform color.
    RNs: galaxy blue
    LPNs: royal blue
    RT: black
    techs/aides: teal
    unit secretaries: khaki (yuck!)

    I personally like the galaxy blue. And imo, ANYTHING is better than white! The Cleveland Clinic still makes their nurses wear all white. PCT's and PCNA's have to wear hunter green.

    The rationale is so that patients know who is who...but even with color coded uniforms patients still do not know. At my old institution, we would have our job title in BIG black letters underneath our ID badge - it was say RN, LPN, TECH, NSG ASST, EKG TECH, MD, etc...I was a tech, but patients would still refer to me as the nurse. Other hospitals I have worked with have job titles that are "less noticeable" on badges, but have color-coded uniforms. Patients still ask "are you my nurse?"