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how is changing clothes/preparing like?

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by Strawberry Strawberry (New) New Student

Hi.

I'm sorry if this is in the wrong category, I'm not sure where this question belongs.

So I just this class where the teacher was talking about how you need to prepare before starting to work.

He said that you take of your clothes, dispose of them, then go take the shower, then put on the other clothes. My questions: what happens between taking off clothe and showering? do you walk around naked? how are the showers? is there any privacy? do multiple people change in the same room? 

I reckon this is a weird/stupid question and that most people don't have this concern, but it's something I need to know. 😓

 

What kind of job is he describing where this happens? Other than the OR this seems odd and even in the OR they don't usually shower.

38 minutes ago, Wuzzie said:

What kind of job is he describing where this happens? Other than the OR this seems odd and even in the OR they don't usually shower.

nothing specific, just nursing in the hospital, in general.

so you're saying having to shower is a rarity?

 

meanmaryjean, DNP, RN

Specializes in NICU, ICU, PICU, Academia. Has 44 years experience.

The instructor is talking about coming home from work and showering. 

In the US nurses, in general, just get dressed at home and then change out of their uniforms when they are back at home. Some people choose to change at the hospital but showers in locker rooms outside of areas that require you to wear hospital-supplied scrubs (like the OR) are kind of a rarity. 

7 minutes ago, Wuzzie said:

In the US nurses, in general, just get dressed at home and then change out of their uniforms when they are back at home. Some people choose to change at the hospital but showers in locker rooms outside of areas that require you to wear hospital-supplied scrubs (like the OR) are kind of a rarity. 

Oh wow, we've been told nurses are not supposed to wear inside the hospital the clothes they wear outside because that might spread disease or something like that. I'm confused now😮

I'm not from us though

Nursing uniforms being a cause of disease spread is an absolute myth. We use our heads. We follow proper protocols for wearing gowns and other protective garb when working with infectious patients. If our uniforms are soiled badly we will get a set of scrubs to wear for the rest of our shift and home. Most of us don't go out after work in our uniforms regularly but a quick run to the grocery store isn't a big deal. That's not to say that there aren't some out there who have much more strict routines when they leave work but I would say they are in the minority. A lot depends on the kind of unit you work on. Covid has changed things a bit too.