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

by AZO49008

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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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    OP, you need some chickens on your scrubs.

    ahahah... sorry this comment just made my day. I would like some chicken scrubs please. Then again i work on peds.
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    As a nursing student I totally agree with the original post! We are going through all this schooling and getting geared up to become medical professionals, then we go into the hospital and see someone wearing a goofy Winnie the Pooh scrub top! Takes the prestige right out of you. You think, "Wow, did I really make the same career choice as someone who made that wardrobe choice?"

    I read articles and see interviews all the time about how the nursing profession needs to be more esteemed and respected - and then someone walks by in a Looney Tunes scrub top!!!
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    They don't bother me..I think one of the problems in the nursing profession is the fact that people get hung up on silly things like this. In the OR, I have to wear blue scrubs but we have leeway with cloth scrub hats, jackets and shoes. I have many scrub hats and they have teddy bears, various cartoon charcters and one I call my "pirate" hat, with skulls and crossbones on it. I have more of a problem with unkempt nurses..you know, those who look like they just rolled out of bed, long hair flying everywhere, long and nasty fingernails.

    I believe that patients respond more to professional behavior than to anything else...Oh, and the surgeons and anesthesiologists wear the funky stuff too..I knew an orthopod who wore a bugs bunny scrub hat and no, he didn't do peds. The reason we aren't taken seriously as a group is because we attack each other over the miniscule stuff and don't have each other's backs on the important stuff. Just my 2 cents.
    Last edit by GadgetRN71 on Jul 3, '10
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    Cartoons do not inspire confidence.
    SandraCVRN, SharonH, RN, DolceVita, and 1 other like this.
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    I just got a compliment on one of my tops yesterday. It made me feel good. And since I don't receive professional wages, I don't worry about "looking" professional. I won't begrudge myself one of the pleasures available to me from my job. Gosh knows, there are so few.
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    "I believe that patients respond more to professional behavior than to anything else..."

    This. If your scrubs are clean, not a wrinkled mess, you talk and act professionally, etc, I think you'll be realized as a professional. Even if you have a silly scrub top.

    If you are wearing solid navy scrubs that look like they sat in the laundry basket for a week, and flick your hair around while popping your gum and gossiping loudly at the nurses station...well, you will be perceived as unprofessional.

    That being said I prefer scrubs with prints, but more subdued ones. My favorite is one with what looks like painted-on (not cartoon) prints of a tropical island. I like to wear it in the dead of winter (in Buffalo NY, with 3 feet of snow on the ground) and tell patients that I'm bringing some sunshine to them. They love it.
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    I dont own any cartoon scrubs but I do have a variety of colors. I have gotten tons of compliments from patients/staff on wearing something other than blue, black, grey on our unit (Adult med-surg). They have said that I brighten the place up. I think sometimes it adds to the depression when your nurse is in all black ( there is one nurse on my unit) It can get confusing with so many medical staff in different colors and its nice when folks where different colors if you are looking for them on the busy floor.


    But what about the Docs that wear those ugly ties with cartoons?
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    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.
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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.
    Haha! This is true. However, I'd never risk the whites, I'm FAR too messy.
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    Along with the silly cartoon scrubs, you got your army fatigue scrubs and your solid black scrubs. The black scrubs I've seen are usually acc by black nail polish and deep lip gloss and too much eyeliner..... dyed black hair or that strange deep maroon color (what's up with that). OK, got it. You want me to know you are different.


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