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Anyone else wearing old scrubs whilst shopping/running errands?

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So lately I have been wearing sets of scrubs I no longer wear on the floor, while running errands, especially when shopping. 

I have gained quite a few pounds since I've started working as a nurse 😃 so nothing fits me anymore LOL. I've bought a few new clothes for special occasions , but my old scrubs still fit me , so I use them when running errands. 

I often run into co-workers: oh , are you going to work,?? (They think I PRN elsewhere). I most often say yes LOL. It's embarrassing. But I feel so so comfy in my scrubs! 

Please tell me I not alone! 🙂

RNperdiem, RN

Has 14 years experience.

Old scrubs are great for washing the car or painting the garage.

Don't you deserve better than that for running errands?

When my sister gained weight working night shift, she went out to the Goodwill in the wealthiest part of town and put together a few stylish outfits in her new size for very little money.

Kitiger, RN

Specializes in Private Duty Pediatrics. Has 42 years experience.

If I saw you run errands while wearing scrubs, I would think:

1 You just got off work and are therefore contaminated.

2 You are going to work, but not in clean clothes.

OK, that's just me. But others might think the same . . .

macawake, MSN

Has 13 years experience.

On 9/5/2020 at 3:47 AM, NewRN'16 said:

So lately I have been wearing sets of scrubs I no longer wear on the floor, while running errands, especially when shopping. 

I have gained quite a few pounds since I've started working as a nurse 😃 so nothing fits me anymore LOL. I've bought a few new clothes for special occasions , but my old scrubs still fit me , so I use them when running errands. 

I often run into co-workers: oh , are you going to work,?? (They think I PRN elsewhere). I most often say yes LOL. It's embarrassing. But I feel so so comfy in my scrubs! 

Please tell me I not alone! 🙂

I’m Scandinavian and you never see people in scrubs anywhere outside of a hospital/healthcare facility here. Healthcare professionals don’t buy there own scrubs. They are provided and laundered at your place of employment. They are not allowed to be worn anywhere outside of work for hygienic/infection control reasons.

I agree that they are comfortable though 🙂 but I personally wouldn’t want to be identified as a healthcare professional by the general public when I’m not at work.

Chickenlady, ADN

Specializes in ER, GI, Occ Health. Has 7 years experience.

I seem to have 2 kinds of clothes:  scrubs and PJs/house clothes.  

I'm usually doing errands before or after work, so I'm in scrubs.  These days, I hardly get out of the car to do errands, everything is drive-up/drive-thru. 

RNNPICU, BSN, RN

Specializes in PICU. Has 13 years experience.

I don't see the problem wearing scrubs.  I don't think srubs are any more copntaminated than any other clothes worn out in public. 

Wear them, be comfortable. Buy new clothes if you want new clothes

Sour Lemon

Has 9 years experience.

18 hours ago, NewRN'16 said:

So lately I have been wearing sets of scrubs I no longer wear on the floor, while running errands, especially when shopping. 

I have gained quite a few pounds since I've started working as a nurse 😃 so nothing fits me anymore LOL. I've bought a few new clothes for special occasions , but my old scrubs still fit me , so I use them when running errands. 

I often run into co-workers: oh , are you going to work,?? (They think I PRN elsewhere). I most often say yes LOL. It's embarrassing. But I feel so so comfy in my scrubs! 

Please tell me I not alone! 🙂

I'm not quite to scrubs, but I have been a bit slobbish lately. My hair is like Rapunzel's, and just wadded up on my head most of the time. I've been wearing Crocs and work out clothes to Target and Home Depot, and I haven't painted my toe nails all Spring/Summer. Covering up a small part of my face seems to make me feel invisible everywhere else.

Dragonfly.RN

Has 5 years experience.

You mean like, full on scrubs?! or just some scrub pants? I keep my old scrub pants and wear them, but with like... regular tshirts and such. Not with scrub tops. Scrub tops I use as shop rags or for really dirty chores, like someone else said, painting. I think the pants are fine.... but... get some real shirts. 

10 hours ago, RNNPICU said:

I don't see the problem wearing scrubs.  I don't think srubs are any more copntaminated than any other clothes worn out in public. 

Wear them, be comfortable. Buy new clothes if you want new clothes

Really?

Curious about this.

PollywogNP, ADN, BSN, MSN, LPN, NP

Specializes in Med-Surg/Tele/ER/Urgent Care. Has 44 years experience.

I have always worn old scrub pants as pj bottoms, & around the house clothes. I wear old t shirts especially ones from previous employer to clean etc. I do wear scrub cargo pants shopping to throw cell phone in the big pocket.

subee, MSN, CRNA

Specializes in CRNA, Finally retired. Has 49 years experience.

On 9/6/2020 at 8:21 AM, hherrn said:

Really?

Curious about this.

Yes.  I have always considered mine to be cesspools of disease by the time I leave behind the House of Spit.

ClaraRedheart, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med-Surg. Has 7 years experience.

I've never minded going to the store after if I had a fairly clean day... not around contagious diseases or enemas or frequent code browns. There have been news stories about nurses getting beat up for wearing scrubs in pulic lately though. I wouldn't chance it now. I keep a comfy outfit in my trunk in case going to the store after work strikes  my fancy now.                          

FolksBtrippin, BSN, RN

Specializes in Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Community, Nurse Manager. Has 5 years experience.

I garden and clean the house in scrubs because they are so convenient for that. The pockets are so handy and the dirt comes right out in the wash. 

I wear an old scrub top when I dye my hair. It's miraculously not stained. 

I don't wear scrubs to run errands though, unless I absolutely must pick something up on the way to work.

 

Ruixi13, BSN, RN

Specializes in MICU RN.

I agree with a few posters above that I would not wear any scrubs out in public for fear of being seen as dirty even if they are a fresh clean pair. Only exception I make usually is filling my gas on the way home from work because I am terrible at fillingy tank when I should have! 😛

I am with you. I wear my old green surgical scrubs out for errands. Everyone cuts a wide path around me and they pull their masks up over their noses, as well. 

They are comfy.

I don't see why anyone should be dressed up to run errands. To each their own, I suppose. 

I get dressed up for occasions, interviews and the dressage ring; otherwise whatever is clean and comfy.

RN-to- BSN, ADN, RN

Specializes in SCRN. Has 7 years experience.

Sometimes I go to the store after work to avoid extra trip next day, and have a 3 year old I do not want to drag to the store.

But coming from home, I would not wear scrubs to run errands. I do think it's okay, though. Better scrubs than some torn up butt showing jeans one might see. :))

RNFANP, BSN, MSN, RN, NP

Specializes in OR/NP/RNFA. Has 8 years experience.

Since I work 4 days a week and the occasional weekend on call/rounding for an 11 day work week, I wear my hospital green scrubs everywhere. I'm also currently in the process of moving, so I have packed up all my nice clothes since I'm wearing scrubs 90% of the time anyways. The other 5% is PJs and the other 5% is leggings with a t-shirt. 

My green scrubs are so soft and comfy and I've actually noticed that one of my tops has a hole in it so it makes me a little sad (I really need to patch it up).

Do I care what people think?

Not at all. To be honest, if that means they get out of my way, I'm cool with that cause usually I'm in a rush to get in and out anyways. 😎