I think cutsey scrub tops look ridiculous on adult units - page 5

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... Read More

  1. Visit  Ruby Vee profile page
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    Quote from clemmm78
    aw geez, if you don't like 'em, don't wear 'em.
    sensible advice. i have the same advice about wearing all white -- if you want to wear it, do so. but don't try to tell me what to wear!
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  2. Visit  Ruby Vee profile page
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    Quote from almostabubbiern
    i really don't care what other people wear. i can tell you, however, that whites work. they command respect without my even saying a word. i was standing at the nurses' station in a white scrub dress and a man approached me and remarked, "you're obviously the nurse in charge here."

    don't discount the power of an icon.
    i really do care what other people wear -- i don't want to look at fat bulging out over too tight, rolled to the hip scrubs and i don't want to know the color and style of people's underwear. it should be under your wear. i don't want to see your boobs bulging out of your top, nor do i want to see a hairy chest every time you bend over to start an iv. as for white -- wear it if you think it makes you look more professional. but don't try to make anyone else wear it.
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  3. Visit  SuesquatchRN profile page
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    Quote from ruby vee
    i really do care what other people wear .
    and i really don't.
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  4. Visit  Ruby Vee profile page
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    Quote from cat_lpn
    i think the hospital's uniform requirements are a way of controlling what the op is complaining of. with-out pointing fingers and creating lots of discrimination drama, they can making sure everyone's uniforms are professional and appropriate. instead of telling mary she cannot wear her winnie the pooh or rubber ducky scrub top in the icu, they simply enforce a hospital-wide uniform to ensure everyone is the same. i think it looks very neat and professional actually, as long as it's not red.
    if the hospital wants to give me scrubs and launder them for me, they can tell me what to wear. and if the hospital wants to mandate wearing "conservative prints", "discreet underwear," closed toe shoes, neutral or coordinating socks and prohibit artifical and long nails, more than two earrings on each ear, bangles, and hair of a color that is never seen in nature -- i guess we haven't done an adequate job of policing ourselves.

    is there anyone who doesn't know that thongs, tramp stamps and butt cracks hanging out, bright yellow crocks with tweety scrubs or scrubs that came out of the bottom of the laundry basket looks unprofessional? is there anyone who really thinks that that gal over there flipping her hair and popping her gum looks professional? (although for some reason everyone seems to believe that they can chew their gum discreetly and without attracting attention . . . just like everyone thinks they're a good driver and a great nurse!) while winnie the pooh or sponge bob scrubs don't actually detract any iq points -- at least, it's never been proven that they do -- it really does not look professional. but if you don't care about whether or not you look professional, that's your business.
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  5. Visit  wooh profile page
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    Quote from TommiepaigeRN
    To each thier own and all....but I work in pedi neuro and I still hate those teddy bear fuzzie wuzzie tops.

    I have never heard a child say "Oh this doesnt hurt now because there is a bunny hugging a baby lamb on your scrub top" I dont even think they notice what we wear.

    If you want to wear looney tunes all over your top, go for it....but dont blame it on the kids. They dont care.
    Oh yes, the kids DO notice. Maybe not the neuro kids, but I've seen them ask if they were going to get the "nurse with Dora" back. And they'll ask questions about them. It gives them a little something to help develop a rapport with them.
    ChristaRN, Purple_Scrubs, and tokidoki7 like this.
  6. Visit  Meriwhen profile page
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    Quote from SarahUFVsn
    ahahah... sorry this comment just made my day. I would like some chicken scrubs please. Then again i work on peds.
    I want them too, but I work in psych
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  7. Visit  ShannonRN2010 profile page
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    I personally don't like the cuties wooties scrub tops. I prefer solid colors or low-key prints. I have about 1600 colored tank tops from Old Navy that I wear with a white short sleeved scrub jacket more times than not.
  8. Visit  Clear Morning profile page
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    I prefer simple looking scrubs in solid colors. Personally, I could give two sh***s what kind of prints or colors others choose to wear.
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  9. Visit  Moogie profile page
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    I once worked at a long-term care facility that had "Casual Fridays". Employees could wear jeans to work if they paid a dollar that went to either a charity or toward the facility's holiday party fund---can't remember which it was. At any rate, one nurse came to work one Friday in a rumpled printed scrub top---I think it was a cartoonish print---and ratty, faded, torn blue jeans.

    After seeing that, chicken print scrubs seem rather tame...
  10. Visit  nursel56 profile page
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    QUOTE=leslie :-D;4394120]hmmm... i 'think' there's sometimes a fine line between "cutesy" and humorous/light-hearted.
    i personally despise anything that consists of butterflies, hearts, rainbows and all that sappy stuff.

    since i sew, i did make a scrub top that consisted of miss piggy on the back, and i appliqued one of kermit's legs, hanging out of miss piggy's mouth.
    that's my way of lightening up.
    I sew, too-- and throughout this thread I've been on a mental trip to JoAnn Fabrics, imagining what every cotton print I can think of would look like as a scrub top, especially the quilting prints! If a scrub top print can indeed be a subliminal message as someone else suggested, that "greenback" dollar print would be good. But for those who work in addictions, if the management asked the staff not to wear the dice print, they might have a point.

    QUOTE=AZO49008;4393902].. . .I guess my whole point is (and maybe I should have made it more clear in my opening post) that nursing has a lot of infantile, juvenile and "cute" icons associated with the profession. Teddy bears, hearts, rainbows, angels, silhouettes of people holding hands. You get the picture. And it's not just on scrub tops, but on lots of things that the public and other medical professionals see everyday.
    But these icons most often come from our corporate overlords in their branding and advertising, not somebody's scrub top! I don't know about anyone else's large city, but in mine you will not see a mailing, a commercial or a brochure that doesn't have a kissy-face heart, a teddy bear wearing a stethoscope, or a nurtiuring female figure in there somewhere. Not only that, but the public is repeatedly assured that "we care". Well, what happens if we don't, but give the patient superior care anyway? I find it a lot more offensive to have a third party tell total strangers that "I care", even though, as it happens, most of the time I do. "Caring" and "caring for" are two different things, and our marketing types know this very well.
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  11. Visit  GirlSmiley profile page
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    This is part of the reason I only come here to look at informative posts directly connected to the betterment of nurses and not to the petty and sometimes divisive nature that (sadly) often rears its ugly head. . There are people who are in dire need of caring and well-trained healthcare professionals, not people who are so paltry and whiny about, oh, no, SCRUB TOPS!! As long as the tops are neat and are within hospital regulations, why care? I have been in and out of hospitals throughout my life and I can't tell you what kind top the nurses assigned to my care were wearing. What stands out to me is the quality of care that was provided. I'm well aware of the rants and venting which are understandable, but scrub tops, really? Seems to me like the cattiness from the nurse's station may have spilled over to the message boards...
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  12. Visit  netglow profile page
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    Well, Girlsmiley read on!! You're in for a wild time, this is actually what is considered a fun thread!!!!!!!
    Last edit by netglow on Jul 3, '10 : Reason: it's you're not your idiot
  13. Visit  leslie :-D profile page
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    Quote from GirlSmiley
    This is part of the reason I only come here to look at informative posts directly connected to the betterment of nurses and not to the petty and sometimes divisive nature that (sadly) often rears its ugly head. . There are people who are in dire need of caring and well-trained healthcare professionals, not people who are so paltry and whiny about, oh, no, SCRUB TOPS!! As long as the tops are neat and are within hospital regulations, why care? I have been in and out of hospitals throughout my life and I can't tell you what kind top the nurses assigned to my care were wearing. What stands out to me is the quality of care that was provided. I'm well aware of the rants and venting which are understandable, but scrub tops, really? Seems to me like the cattiness from the nurse's station may have spilled over to the message boards...
    re the bolded (emphasis mine):

    maybe and hopefully, when you become a nurse, you will understand the many obstacles we face:
    with our image, being one of the several enigmas we are confronted with.
    we have a long way to go before we will ever be considered cohesive, unified, credible, and competent.
    and so, discussing as to what we wear, is consistent and pertinent in relating to how we are perceived on a professional level, and the layman's level.

    i do understand that as a nsg student, your ideals are the archetype of most students.
    i too, was one of those students, who concocted a list of shoulds and should nots.
    then i became a nurse.
    and as a nurse, i can promise you, there is nothing catty about the op's contentions.

    let's reopen this thread in a few years, shall we?
    i'd be interested in hearing about your righteousness at that time.

    leslie

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