What do you wear?

  1. Weird question. In ICU, what do your managers/educators/CNS wear to work? I think I have seen it all. Our DNO wears professional (skirt/suits/pantyhose) and usually a white lab coat, my director (male) and other managers (also male) wears casual khakis and button down shirts. I have worked with another female manager who wore scrubs, which was weird because I never saw her touch a patient. I'm in line for an ICU manager job and clinical educator and am wondering how I should dress. I could do scrubs, but I don't have the right colors (new hospital) but was thinking casual slacks and a lab coat might suit my style better. I am a clogs and sneakers kind of gal and felt like an imposter in my pantyhose/suit for the interview. Am I ready to "graduate" to the white coat? Our caseworkers and chart review team do... Thanks for your thoughts.
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    Specialty: 15 year(s) of experience in STICU, CVICU, Flight


  3. by   juan de la cruz
    In our SICU, the CNS and nurse educators wear the same color scrubs as the RN's but they have the option to wear a long white lab coat which for some reason a lot of them do not choose to wear.
  4. by   meandragonbrett
    Our NM and Head Nurses wear scrubs...Our head nurses are involved in direct patient care a certain # of days per pay period.
  5. by   traumaRUs
    In my dialysis units, I wear street clothes and a long, blue lab coat with my name and name of the practice embroidered on it.

    When I work in the hospital, same deal.
  6. by   nservice
    I am an educator and I wear business attire on days when i have meetings and scrubs on other days. I don't take a patient load, but when I'm rounding on the units to evaluate new hires I go into the patient's rooms with them and team up with them to do patient care. I also get called to the units to trouble shoot or teach something to a new graduate. I feel more comfortable wearing scrubs for this.

    As a side note, DON'T wear a suit and heels when JCAHO is in your hospital. I ended up working 4 hours on the unit in heels and a suit. It was a sight to see. I wanted to cut my feet off, they hurt so bad!!

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