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 nursing department was considering changing the uniform policy to make 1 color for each service, but nothing was in writing yet. Basically, the policy as it stands is anything goes.
So, since I was a new nurse, I spent quite a bit on scrubs. It was nice to wear some colors and prints after wearing nursing school 1940's styled uniform!
Now, it seems the color code policy is becoming a reality. Some polling as to what color we want started going around. The choices they offered are awful - dark brown anyone?
I'm not against wearing a color, that's fine with me. The only thing that isn't clear is whether they expect the staff to provide their own uniforms or if the hospital will be providing them like they do for the other services that have mandated colors.
I don't feel like spending another couple of 100 dollars on scrubs, so what can happen if I don't follow the policy once it comes out? Most of my colleagues feel the same way. Anyone gone through this transition at their place?
Thanks for the input!