What color should a nurse wear? - page 4

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I have worked at a hospital for over two years where the staff has always had the choice of wearing one of two colors or mix and matching the two. This including nursing and support staff. Now all of a sudden they want all... Read More


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    At CCF, most nurses are required to wear all white - and then the rest of the staff have other colors: NA are green, phlebotomy are red or gray, PT is black, etc.
    I've heard that it makes it easier for the patients to recognize who is the nurse and who isn't.

    I would prefer not to have to wear whites, but I don't really have a choice.
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    I agree to differentiating the nurses from the rest of the staff. I've agreed from day one about that, however there are better ways then to wear white. It just seems that no one in management wants to hear it. We have our bonuses taken away from us and no PTO accrual for the next pay period, DUE TO ECONOMIC HARD TIMES. However during the same economic hard times we are still required to purchase all new uniforms and undergarments. In addition to that, just to keep the whites white, we are going to have to purchase additional laundry detergent. I guess the hard times are only OURS....... Unfortunately it has pushed me to the point of removing myself from the profession that I love. I do not have to work as an RN to make a living; as nursing was my second career. I just chose to do it, at lesser pay, than my first career. Maybe some day, nursing management will take their heads out of their back sides and realize that maybe the staffing shortage is because nurses happens to be the least satisfied work force. Thanks for all your comments......
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    We are moving into a new facility in November 2009 and the higher ups have stated we will have a color code. Yes, we were sent surveys asking what color we want to wear, each e-mail was sent specifically to nurses, cnas, etc... The facility has now given us a color code based on our preferences. Nurse: White and/or navy blue. CNA: ceil blue only. Secretaries: khaki pants and burgundy polo tops, etc... I really don't know how this is going to help, but I am will to try. I guess their is some kind of research out their that says, it works. Soon the problem will be getting the pts to understand who is what color. I hope they send out a color chart for the pts. But what about color-blind or the elderly(color perception changes)?


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