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Advising appointment with DON - what to wear


Next Wednesday I'm going for an advising appointment with the director of nursing. She's just going to go over my transcripts and advise me on what courses I need to sign up for for the upcoming year.

I know to dress nice, and perhaps this is a dumb question, but I'm going to ask anyway.

I have nice tops, but I don't have dress pants (that fit). I'm 28 weeks pregnant. My maternity jeans are in good condition, but part of me strongly feels like jeans might not be appropriate. Maybe fine with any other advising appointment, but I feel like I should step it up for the director of nursing, especially as this is the first impression.

We're on one (not very high) income right now while I get through school, and maternity pants are quite expensive, especially for one time use. Granted if this is what's appropriate and necessary for a good impression I'll absolutely do it. Which is why I say this is likely a dumb question.

Any input would be great. I don't want to over think this.

emmjayy, BSN, RN

Specializes in ICU, CCRN. Has 3 years experience.

Do you have a nice maternity dress you can wear? If so, pair it with a blazer and you should be fine. If not, see if maybe you can fit into pre-pregnancy dress pants and do the button and rubber band trick to close them? Then put a tight, long tank on under your top to cover up the rubber band nonsense and wear a long, flowy top over that.

If you have a Salvation Army, goodwill, or second hand clothing store around you check them out. It is very possible that you might be able to find something that would work for a fraction of the price.

Thanks for the input!

I don't own any dresses, but I can try and see how I work out my other dress pants with the rubber band first. I think I'm bigger than I was with my daughter when I had her, and I know I tried them on before and it didn't work with just buttoning, but I'll see if I can work it out first. If that fails then I'll see what some consignment shops have. I know we have a few around I could look at.

Otherwise I'll fork out the money for a new pair. I hate to, but I feel like it's too important of an opportunity to screw up.

NurseGirl525, ASN, RN

Specializes in ICU.

I think you are overthinking it. This is just an advising appt correct? Not an interview? You don't need to buy new clothes for an advising appt. If your jeans are in good condition wear them with a nice top. Seriously, the meeting will probably only last 5-10 minutes. That's all the longer mine was.