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What to wear on a unit where nurses wear street clothes and not scrubs? - page 3

Hi all, I have just been hired for my first job (yay!) I will be working in a psychiatric inpatient unit. The nurses on the unit where street clothes instead of scrubs. This seems to be common for... Read More

  1. Visit  chevyv profile page
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    I wear jeans in the cold weather and capris in the hotter weather and always a scrub top. I need the pockets and don't want to associate my home clothes with work. I also don't mind as much when I get stuff thrown on me or things ripped during codes. I have a very boring selection of tops I've been wearing for 2 years. I keep telling myself that I'll buy new tops, but never do. One day.....
  2. Visit  Elladora profile page
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    Quote from Jayesse7
    Where I work it is scold-worthy to wear anything around your neck that can be used to choke you. They don't even like the velcro break-away kind since it can be snatched from behind...
    Ours have to have the break in the middle (halfway between your neck and the bottom of the lanyard) for that reason. Really hard to find so most of us make our own or just carry our keys in our pockets. Yet another one of those things I NEVER thought of pre-psych...
  3. Visit  Meriwhen profile page
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    I have a lanyard that breaks into four pieces when pulled, and each piece is really too small to do anything with (for most people anyway...because we all know that those who are truly determined WILL find a way to hurt themselves with anything).

    The problem is that after 3 years, it's finally starting to fall apart and it's a difficult breakaway lanyard style to find
  4. Visit  Orca profile page
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    The last mental health unit I worked on, we wore street clothes. I generally wore business casual attire, polo shirt and slacks. As far as shoes, I wore athletic shoes that could pass for casual shoes (solid black, no stripes or trim). The last thing I wanted was to get into a restraint situation or having to deal with a combative patient and not be able to get any traction. You have to remember where you are when you are choosing. Leather soles aren't a great choice.
  5. Visit  K.P.A. profile page
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    I wear scrubs.
  6. Visit  canned_bread profile page
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    At the psych ward I used to work at the nurses who had been there longer wore jeans and other less formal clothes. The doctors wore more formal business attire. The new grads tended to wear more formal clothes, such as business pants and a less formal blouse, and then as they became more comfortable their clothes reflected that.
    You need to look respectable, and please make sure it is very conservative. We had one new grad who had her chest exposed for everyone to see, and it was so unprofessional (but she didn't realise!) that the NUM had to take her aside and get a cardigan for her to borrow. Also, remember closed shoes for OHS reasons.
  7. Visit  Meriwhen profile page
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    Quote from canned_bread
    You need to look respectable, and please make sure it is very conservative. We had one new grad who had her chest exposed for everyone to see, and it was so unprofessional (but she didn't realise!) that the NUM had to take her aside and get a cardigan for her to borrow.
    I tell the newbies to dress like they're going to church or if they are not religious, how they'd dress if they are going to court. If that's too much for them, then they should stick with the (not too tight) scrubs.
  8. Visit  Midwest4me profile page
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    Go to GoodWill and invest in some jeans, t-shirts(inexpensive clothes). Then when you have to take a patient down and seclude him, or deal with those violent patients who throw feces on you, you won't be ruining good clothes.


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