What to wear on a unit where nurses wear street clothes and not scrubs? - page 4

by tareija

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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 psych units in my area, as I... Read More


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    I wear scrubs.
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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.
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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.
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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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