I just returned from a meeting where our bargaining unit and some in the administration discussed color coding of nursing departments.
While I have no hard objection to the coding system, I do think it will result in people not actually looking at name tags over time, but our hospital has decided to set the nursing image back by 100 years by mandating nurses in all but two units wear white! I'm not kidding.
They cited a 700 pt. survey (whoop de doo) from a place in the East part of the US that proved that patients think nurses wearing white are more professional. If that were a drug study of 700, we'd all scoff at it! And that's what I am doing to this one.
The "appearance" of a nurse doesn't make them a good nurse, so I asked why we are trying to "trick" patients into thinking we're more professional by what we wear. Either you've got a good nurse, or you don't, and what they are wearing has nothing to do with it.
If the nurse I have is wearing pink camo scrubs, AND knows what he/she is doing, I am FINE with that.
Again, I am so glad I am close to hanging this up.
We offered a number of objections, and in the end, they'll have people quit over it and certainly it would be difficult to recruit......and we'll have coding, but it won't be white. Still, they had the deer in the headlights look at our objections over yet another "evidence-based" study. Puh-leeze!