What would you change about your scrubs? - page 6

Hey all~ I am doing research for a line of scrubs and would like to find out what nurses like/ dislike about their uniforms. I am a fashion design student that recently spent some time in the... Read More

  1. by   hiddenheart
    This is an easy question, Lined pockets to protect from ink marks is a must, scrubs that are not see-through, even wet! and a clip or loop for name tag on the top and some kind of clip for stethescope.
  2. by   AliRae
    Pants: wide legs; drawstring; LONG, but with the waist not so high that I have to cinch the pants just under my bosoms in order for the crotch not to be halfway to my knees. (because, trust me, that looks AND feels silly); cargo pockets on both sides and back patch pockets on both sides - I put things in my back pockets more often than anything. (I suppose I don't sit down much, eh?); some stretch in the material

    Tops: A slimmer silhouette ... where a top that's long enough doesn't have a foot of extra room on either side of me; also some stretch in the material; big pockets in the front, but not chest pockets, because everything falls out of those when I bend over; definitely second anyone who said a tab for a badge holder

    Also, if you're making jackets, make 'em with LONG arms and not those godforsaken foot-long elastic cuffs. Those aren't comfy when they're riding halfway up to my elbows.

    (I just read back over this and realized that it sounds like I have ridiculously long arms and legs. I promise I'm not that odd-looking.)
  3. by   DeLana_RN
    Pockets, pockets, and more pockets! At least 3 on the top (although I don't put anything in the breast pocket, it just makes the top look nicer) and 4 in the pants, including side cargo pockets. Elastic waist, no cuffs on pants.

    I like dark colors - navy blue, burgundy or Caribbean blue. I hate prints!

    DeLana
  4. by   wilbur's mom
    Hi!
    I like to wear white, and use bleach. I do believe we, as nursing professionals, get judged on our appearance. I hate seeing healthcare workers in scrubs that look like they slept in them, unless of course they did! I work charge or with students, so I would like a line of scrubs that are abit more tailored, more formal looking. (I know, oxymoron..). With longer tops, perhaps a sewed front leg crease. Perhaps with a matching thigh length lab jacket. And in view of the germ laden environment that we work in, scrubs that are absolutely CHLORINE bleachable and no iron! Is this too much to ask? I like two deep front pockets, and have never had a chest pocket that didn't dump it's contents at the WORST possible moment.
  5. by   MrsMommaRN
    From most of the replies you can tell we carry a lot in our pockets. When we crouch down sometimes it falls out. I would love to have pockets that keep stuff in. A top thats made for us gals with bellies. Not pregnancy bellies, I mean bellies from past pregnancy or just needing to lose some weight. Nice bottoms for the same also. If you get a larger drawstring scrub bottom it just looks ridiculous. So what I am asking for is a plus size scrub line. Thanks so much for this post. I hope you will be back with your final design and offer your product
  6. by   SuesquatchRN
    Quote from AliRae
    (I just read back over this and realized that it sounds like I have ridiculously long arms and legs. I promise I'm not that odd-looking.)
    You cracked me up.

    We're built VERY differently.

  7. by   kellyskitties
    Maybe offer the option of elastic waist with drawstring front (little lower on the waist) or just elastic waist (sitting higher on the more traditional woman) - both with mega pockets and same trendy trims so a person can pick what works for them and still get something fashionable.

    More stuff for guys. I hear them grouch a lot about not getting many choices without looking - um, er, well, since it was said by a gay man I will just say it "too gay." Not PC, but came from the "horse's mouth." I hear them complain about the lack of cool scrubs - just tan, navy, black...

    Also, pockets everywhere.

    As somebody else mentioned - vneck that won't pull down from the ID tag being clipped onto it. I don't wear a lanyard - always falling into stuff, and on med-surg that's saying something extra gross.

    Tops that are a little less square. I'm a plus sized girl - but I don't necessarily want to look like a box. Also, make the cute stuff in a big size range so we can all be cute. Plus sized doesn't mean I want to dress like an old loving granny nurse (in cutesy gingham patch with teddy bear tops). Fat doesn't mean old or cutesy.

    Somebody mentioned ink resistant - AMEN. I clean ink off scrubs every week. Pocket organizers aren't practical - can't get in and out of them fast enough.

    I carry a lot of stuff in my pockets. I have said "I have a supply closet in my pants." With long halls and never knowing what I need I just load up before going to see patients. I get made fun of by new nurses for carrying so much stuff but then they'll say "Hey, you got a flush." and BAM I give 'em one. Or tubing. Or IV caps. Or IV drop hooks.

    I think stain and wrinkle resistent is a must. I don't iron. period. Hate it. Lousy at it. No time for it. Stains - just a fact of life at my job. Mystery stains are worse. If I know it's poop or vomit I can accept it and go on but if I don't know - it's grosser!

    Matching jackets. My floor is alternately a sauna or a new polar cap.

    Little cell phone pocket? That would be handy.

    I like the trendy solid colors with neat trims because they still look professional, not like nursery wall paper, and modern.

    Good luck, it's a great idea. Hey, while you're at it, make me look 20 lbs thinner and 10 years younger!!! and smarter too!! teeth whiter?? haha.
  8. by   fins
    My pet peeve is the way that tops hang. I carry a lot of stuff in the pockets of my scrub tops (PDA, pen, sharpie, scissors, hemostat, penlight) and as a result, the back edge of the neckline pushes against the back of my neck. I'd prefer a top that hung more neutrally, so that the weight is on my shoulders, and not the back of my neck.

    Zipper fly, belt loops, no elastic in the waistband. Cotton - no polyester. Pockets, pockets, pockets.
  9. by   vampireslayer
    Sorry I didn't take the time to read all 8 pages of replies so this may be a repeat, BUT the absolute most useful feature I've seen on a scrub tob is a set to 2 pen pockets on the shoulder. They're 2 side-by-side, and narrow, so they'll hold your sharpy for writing on blood tube labels in one, plus a regular pen in the other. I have only ever seen this feature on MOBB brand scrubs, and it's always on the left shoulder (I'm not talking about the left breast pocket that's in front, I'm talking ON THE SLEEVE itself). I've had many many comments from other nurses who see it and think it's really handy-looking. However, since I'm left handed, I'd prefer the opton to have my pen-pockets on my right shoulder, so I could reach across, grab the pen, and use it immediately. As it is, I have to reach with my right hand, exchange it over to my left hand, to be able to write. But I never lose my pens, they never fall out because they're deep enough, and narrow enough, to hold them in place when I bend over. Check out a MOBB scrub top to see what I mean. Might be nice to have them a tiny bit wider to accomodate those fatter ball point pens, but then again I'm not sure if making them wider would cause the normal size pens and the sharpy felt tips to slide out when I bend over.

    VS
  10. by   sunflrz321
    Scrub tops:
    -I'm 5'5 and have a tiny frame. I prefer tops that are a bit longer than average, personally. I am a size small in street clothes, but I am a size XS in scrub tops (as is true for many of my friends who are nurses). Many of us younger smaller nurses (myself included) have resorted to making our own scrub tops because most scrub tops are almost always sold out in size XS- they make very few in this size, so they are never on sale, either. And if you can find a size XS in your size, you always have to pay about $24 before shipping, and you don't have much choice in the patterns at that size, even when you buy online.
    -I have a scrub top that has a bit of elastic (about 3") in the middle of the back, to make the top just a little form fitting. It's nice, because then the top isn't so baggy that it gets in the way if you have a smaller waist.
    -Pockets must be rectangular with the slit at the top- if the pocket is slit on the diagonal or horizontally, everything falls out of the pockets and they are useless. Also, I like little 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" square pockets on the front of the big pocket- these are perfect for holding the alcohol wipes that otherwise are so small that they get lost in your big pockets. And inside the two big rectangular pockets, I like lots of spots to hold in your pens and such, and smaller tiered pockets in the bigger pockets are also a good idea. I actually carry a pocket holder that holds most of my stuff, so I don't have to spend so much time switching things out of my pockets at the end of each day. In my right pocket I carry the pocket holder with my scissors, hemostats (they look like another long pair of scissors), a highlighter/ pen, a sharpie, two pens, two pen lights, alcohol wipes, and needleless connectors (they replace needles for giving medicines into IV's & stuff, but are about 2" long and 1/4" wide in a plastic wrapper. In my left pocket I carry my calculator, and my report sheets and schedule for the day.
    -I like trendy or cute patterned tops. I do like the mock wrap style, though a simple v-neck style is also nice. I like fun prints- I have a top that is all bright red apples on a turquoise background, which is fun.
    -I don't like the strings that tie in the back of the top. They can hang down too low, and be annoying when you sit down on them.
    Pants:
    -I prefer a trendy elastic waistband, like dickies. Drawstrings come undone or get loose after hours of bending and moving, and they just get in the way, which I don't have time for.
    -I prefer boot cut, available in lots of bright colors.
    -I like my pants a little longer than normal, like Dickies pants are. Some brands, like baby phat, are just a couple inches too short. We aren't wearing high heels in these pants, but many of the nursing shoes can be a bit tall.
    To keep you warm:
    -currently, I wear a matching long sleeve shirt under my scrubs, because the hospital gets pretty cool, especially at night.
    -I would love to see some trendy, sleeker, and a bit more fitted scrub jackets made. Something a bit closer to a lab coat or a scrub top, but nothing that would be confused with a lab coat and make people think we are doctors. (Keep it in a print). Right now, scrub jackets are HUGE, and have these hideous 3" long elastic wristbands that are practical, but not at all attractive.
  11. by   sunflrz321
    Quote from PNnny4
    :spin:
    A little bit of what everyone said. Something stretchy, we move a lot. Something a little thicker with sturdy fabric and breathable. I like those Old Navy "khaki" and "old army green" cargo pants. Up here in Alaska we layer our top shirts, and some of the girls bought these nice pants that when you pour water on them it just runs off. Really great for snowy days.


    That material where water just runs off of it would be great- for snowy days, for all kinds of things!

    Also, thicker material would be nice, especially for lighter colored scrubs. When you can see through your coworkers scrubs and know what kind of underwear they're wearing, its TMI.
  12. by   sunflrz321
    Quote from PNnny4
    :spin:
    A little bit of what everyone said. Something stretchy, we move a lot. Something a little thicker with sturdy fabric and breathable. I like those Old Navy "khaki" and "old army green" cargo pants. Up here in Alaska we layer our top shirts, and some of the girls bought these nice pants that when you pour water on them it just runs off. Really great for snowy days.


    That material where water just runs off of it would be great- for snowy days, for all kinds of things!

    Also, thicker material would be nice, especially for lighter colored scrubs. When you can see through your coworkers scrubs and know what kind of underwear they're wearing, its TMI.

    On my unit, techs wear navy, OR wears misty green, and nurses can wear anything else. Skirts and open toe/ open heel shoes are not allowed in patient care areas. In many other units I've worked on, techs wear maroon.
  13. by   ShariDCST
    ok - here's my wishlist. i work strictly in surgery so my needs are a little different from the floor nurses. i know what i did like at one hospital i worked at. snap front scrub tops - nothing is worse than getting "stuff" all over your top, and then you have to pull it over your head to get it off and put on a new one. it either drags all that "stuff" through your hair or pulls your scrub cap off and then it's like you weren't wearing one at all - hair is still exposed. yuck
    they had a sweetheart neckline and short slightly puffed sleeves well above the elbows - making scrubbing before a case much easier. the size i wear in the regular unisex scrubs - about a 3x depending on manufacturer - has sleeves that would fit a gorilla. not everyone who wears larger sizes has arms that are long enough to scratch our toes without bending over......two nice pockets on the top, below waist level, deep enough that stuff in them doesn't fall on the floor everytime we have to bend over to move something, clear the floor to move a patient, or what have you. long enough to cover the backside too would be nice. i am long waisted and short legged, so the tops are too short and the pants are generally too long. some shape to them - we end up looking like blocks and blobs in those shapeless scrub tops the other hospitals provide. the ones i like had a gentle princess seaming along the waist to make it look like we were the women we are. not that it's of earth-shattering importance, but it's a mental thing - if you know you look like crap, then your mood is down. if you know you at least look decent, and everything fits, then you go out there with a better frame of mind. like i said - i wear a 3x and these things made me look good - so it must work!
    as for pants, i like the boxer waist style that cherokee does on one of their styles. it's big enough not to roll over, it stays put, and the drawstring ones tend to be rather constricting when you're kneeling down to clean debris off the or floor. the drawstring styles tend to be very "square" which is everything i'm not. a slight boot cut would be nice too - flattering to almost everyone, but nothing too big or they'd get in the way swinging around. i tend not to use pockets in the pants most of the time - but that's because there's not a thing convenient about them. something besides patch pockets might be nice though.
    and, this is for all us big girls out there - please provide a wide variety of sizes and inseams so we can look as put together as our slimmer sisters, ok? don't relegate us to styles that are blocky and plain, while the rest get more flattering duds, please? it'd truly be a first in the industry i think - and you'd have more business than you can handle! there are lots of us out there that wear above a size 14-16 - don't forget us. we have money to spend too, and want to look good too. and we can with the right designs and proportions.
    thanks for asking - and best wishes on your endeavor! i'll be watching to see how you do! and if you have the right stuff, i'll be first in line to buy!
    shari

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