I think cutsey scrub tops look ridiculous on adult units - page 15

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The other day a co-worker strolled in wearing a scrub top festooned with furry, smiling teddy bears. On an adult cardiac floor...REALLY? On various adult units I've seen Looney Tunes, Precious Moments, rainbows and clouds,... Read More


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    Well you went and HAD to mention cartoon ties! If a guy is going to wear a cartoon tie he deserves the reaction he gets -- including doctors.

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    Quote from NICUdude
    Exactly how big a stick are we going to beat this with? The research is clear. The public is age oriented. Those who remember caps and skirts relate to formal attire. Gen X, or whichever letter we are on now, is OK with contempory garb. Pediatric nursing is a no-brainer. One size does not fit all, and RN's have never been "square pegs." Look the way YOU feel. Dress per code, as per. Judge not, lest you be found silly, stuffy, or one of the other seven dwarfs. The end. LOL.
    The whites were the "contemporary garb" of their day. Formal was what Fred Astaire wore in the classic musical "Top Hat" I mean no offense, but these "do your own thing" recommendations for on-the-job attire are hilarious. Every "generation" has it's fad fashion and classic professional wear. In 1969, I guess that would mean wearing a flowing caftan to work or an embroidered workshirt. In the '20s, nurses would be sporting drop waist dresses and fringed hems.

    In certain professions, yeah one size kinda does fit all. Nurses are one. Police are another. Should they also be doing their own thing vis a vis their dress? The original reason for whites, though was so you recognized someone as a nurse. That is no longer the case, as nurses are often indistinguishable from all the other employees also wearing scrubs.

    Quote from sbelz79
    . . .The other factor that I think needs to be considered is: is it OK for MDs in a particular healthcare setting to wear ties with cartoon characters on them? If not, then why nurses? If nurses are dressed less professionally than their physician coworkers, it reinforces the idea that nurses are somehow "less than" MDs.
    I agree! But somehow doctors are able to get their silly on by wearing weird shoes, socks and ties. As for the scrubwear in the OR, I must be odd, because I really like to see a neurosurgeon wearing a Roadrunner scrub cap.
    SharonH, RN, freefalr, and SuesquatchRN like this.
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    Quote from sbelz79
    The other factor that I think needs to be considered is: is it OK for MDs in a particular healthcare setting to wear ties with cartoon characters on them? If not, then why nurses? If nurses are dressed less professionally than their physician coworkers, it reinforces the idea that nurses are somehow "less than" MDs.
    Docs come in on the weekends in jeans. If my scrubs are looking less professional than jeans, well, I should have gotten them out of the dryer quicker so they didn't wrinkle so much!
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    Quote from nursel56
    as nurses are often indistinguishable from all the other employees also wearing scrubs.
    So get the non-nursing staff OUT OF SCRUBS!

    If I went around wearing black, a fake badge, a nightstick and stuck a flashing light in my car, the cops wouldn't decide that THEY need to change their attire. They'd tell me to quit dressing like them. If the housekeeping staff is dressed like nurses by wearing scrubs, then tell them to wear something else.
    Purple_Scrubs, zsbaby, cherrybreeze, and 3 others like this.
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    So I have no "tweetie bird scrubs" and I thought that my uniforms were professional. I dress professionally. Humbled that this has been such as issue. Personally I don't think dull scrubs that are green, blue or grey are going to win our pts over. Sad but that's life. Will do it and again thankful for job. Thankful to care for my patients. sigh.
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    i've liked hello kitty since elementary school, when my japanese-american friend introduced me to her. i like to say that i liked her before she was "cool" and sold herself out! i have a hello kitty scrub jacket my mom got me (she thinks i'm still 10). i wear it sometimes & my older patients seem to get a kick out of it ("oh, my granddaughter loves her!"). it's the only "cutesy" scrub item i have, and it doesn't make me feel unprofessional. hopefully my patients still take me seriously!

    ...but i wouldn't be caught dead in chambray scrubs or capris. blech.
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    Those who are hating comic scrubs- look into Koi scrubs. Very sweet and love them. Not the plain white/blue/green scrubs. I had a top that I loved- with simple white top and apricot ribbon. Very professional and I will miss color. Darn it. Hate to admit but as nursing professor, identity was in dress. I did best to dress the part. Ok off soap box.
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    To the OP, and others who think like him

    I am very sick of this topic, if you don't like charcters then don't wear them, but don't judge me because I love them! and no I don't work with kids, I work on an adult unit and have had absolutly NO negative comments about my "eeyore" tops or my "teddy bears", or what ever!! Why? Becuase what I wear is like my skin color, IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH MY ABILITIES!!! My clothing is nothing more then the outer layer. And don't give me the ol its "the first thing you see" thing, my clothes and person are always clean and neat.

    I hated the all white look, I don't think it was professional, I thought it was an oppressive reminder of yester-year, when we as nurses were nothing more then doctors hand-maids. I am not going to stop wearing my teddy bears or my eeyore but I love them, and they brighten my day. If I am happier then it will be easier to bring that same cheerfulness to my patients.

    I'm new then my patients have not complained about my professional manner or my ability to care for them, to critized your co-workers by be-coming the fashion police is going to do nothing for the nursing profession. Yes you don't agree with their style choices, but what about there ability to care for their patients, what of yours? Would you be a better nurse if you spend less energy worring about what peope wear, and more time on more important things? Just food for thought.
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    I think that out of respect for your adult patients/residents the cartoons should be left at home.
    BluegrassRN, Paco-RN, and DolceVita like this.
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    It looks unprofessional and cheap. Imagine a lawyer wearing a suit with teddy bears on it in the corporate world...
    AtivanRxPlz, BluegrassRN, Paco-RN, and 1 other like this.


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