A little background for you. I work in an occupational health office within a hospital. We deal with only employees, volunteers, contractors, etc. I work front desk, but my job title is a "specialist" so I'm doing all kinds of random things all over the office. I dress business casual, and we have two nurses who go back and forth between scrubs
and business casual. They have started making comments to me that I should wear scrubs since it is easier and comfortable, but I'm so on the fence about it. I've read many mixed feelings on this site about non-clinical people in scrubs.
I guess my thoughts on it are:
-We are having a CRAZY flu outbreak at the hospital. Sick employees are coming in constantly, we deal with many TB exposures in our office, etc. I know I am being exposed to all of this, and I am so guilty of going out after work in my clothes without thinking about it or wearing my pants more than once (aren't we all). I know if I wear scrubs they will be easier to launder, *generally* cheaper/easier to buy than business clothing, and will be a great reminder to go home and change after work before doing anything else.
However, I am a soon to be nursing student and really don't want to rub anyone the wrong way in this hospital and tarnish any future job connections. Because we are not a critical area, there won't be any family members running up to me needing something urgent and mistaking me for a nurse (this seems to be one of the biggest concerns). We are closer to being our own little primary care office, and because we are such a small team mostly everyone in the hospital knows each of our roles in this office.
I'd love to hear your thoughts. Why or why shouldn't someone in my position wear scrubs?