Alternatives to Pajam...I Mean, Scrubs

  1. OK, in one sense I feel lucky that I work in a profession where I can wear such comfortable clothing to work. It's really unrestrictive and fairly easy to launder. My gosh darn shoes are made of some kind of plastic and are super duper comfy.

    However, I cannot shake the feeling that I'm going to work in my PJs! This not only affects the way others see me, but (actually more importantly) affects how I see me. I feel like a slouch.

    Anyway. Could ya'll please share your alternatives to pajama scrubs with me? Links to pictures are helpful and appreciated!
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  3. by   CaLLaCoDe
    I agree with your viewing scrubs as rather unbecoming for the important role we we are perceived by the public appropriately enough by dressing soooo casually. Recently our housekeeping staff got these nifty uniforms with collars in navy trimmed with white edges...resembles some proper outfit to be worn in the navy. Now, when the housekeeping looks more professional and together than the nursing staff that's scarey.
  4. by   TheCommuter
    The Cherokee "Studio" line of scrubs look rather professional. When I look at them being worn, I do not get the impression that the nurse is wearing pajamas or sleepwear.

    However, professionalism comes from the inside. People will perceive us as professionals if every single nurse in existence carries himself/herself professionally. Other professions dress casually due to the outdoor nature of their work (physical education teachers, geologists, surveyors, archaeologists, etc), and they receive a great deal of public admiration because they carry themselves in a professional manner.

    Unfortunately, there are too many unprofessional nurses. However, that's more suitable for another thread.
  5. by   CHATSDALE
    i have seen some really neat scrubs..if you buy on the cheap end they don't hold their shape and they don't last long
    but there are other alternatives if you don't like the scrubs..any uniform shop or online can give you some really great choices
  6. by   chare
    I feel the same way about scrubs. Therefore I have opted to wear cargo pants and a polo shirt.

    RN's at my facility wear navy/navy which makes it easy, however cargo pants are now available in several colors.
  7. by   RNperdiem
    Forget about hospital issue unisexless scrubs and go out and buy your own.
    If you are an extra-small petite like me, having uniforms that actually fit helps give a more tailored look. A good poly-cotton blend gives a crisp finish that does not look rumpled. I get my scrubs from Landau and Dickies and stick to solid colors.
  8. by   bill4745
    Try Heavy, well-made, not mistaken for PJs. Lotss of pockets, which I like.
  9. by   Jo Dirt
    You won't see me in any uniform/zuitsuit.
  10. by   NursingAgainstdaOdds
    Keep the suggestions coming, people. I'm still looking ... most scrubs still make me think "eek! Jammies!". I am a small person, so that is another problem, as in addition to being baggy (even when claiming to have a "tailored look") they are too big.
  11. by   BethulieRN
    I am glad you made that remark about nurses outfit.
    Nurses are the only antity that does not want to change. Professionalism does not mean wearing pijama to work, and it is not only seen from inside self but it should also be shown outside by our fashion. I have seen my fellow nurses to dare to go straight from work to grocery stores and even to church after a shift worked with the same uniforms they have been wearing in hospitals to tx pts. People look at us, and they do not see professionalism, because of the close we wear. Nurses should change outfits. The ideal outfit would be to dress like for example a secretary of an office manager would with low heels at least 1 1/2 inches, or with a clean pair sneakers with nice suits, trousers, beautiful dress or skursts and a lab coat or blouse on top. And, nurses should not be wearing their lab coats outside facility but only inside. Each nurses should have at least 5-7 lab coats to wear each a day. Each facility or hospital should have a color coded uniforms, so to not be confused with other care providers. For example MD's, pharmacy and laboratory can steel wear white but nurses will wear such as pink and blue to L&D, yellow to med-surg, purple to Cancer care unit, green to intenive care unit and OR..... and always have a name tag that states your title. This make over would bring a new face and new attitude in nurses and toward nurses. Each morning, evening or night before we go to work, we would try different beautiful and confortable outfit to go to work with, and I am sure this would changing nurses view in the eyes of public opinion.

  12. by   norcalRNstudent
    " The ideal outfit would be to dress like for example a secretary of an office manager would with low heels at least 1 1/2 inches, or with a clean pair sneakers with nice suits, trousers, beautiful dress or skursts and a lab coat or blouse on top. "

    This would be a lovely idea if patients would only be so kind as to stop trying to vomit/urinate/bleed on me all day long. I don't think a beautiful dress and heels are really appropriate for an ER setting.
    HOWEVER, I also don't think that Mickey Mouse scrubs are appropriate anywhere outside of a pedi unit either. Nor are the grungy scrubs I see some wearing appropriate anywhere!
  13. by   luv2yoga
    Thanks for the chuckle at your post title. I love it when people use a little imagination and make a clever remark! I am a brand-new nurse and my facility (where I start in exactly 2 weeks) has a wide open dress code for nurses. So I decided to wear good quality, fitted scrub pants and jacket with a high quality fitted T underneath. I think the quality, fit and style make a huge difference. The jacket has a tie on the back so that it can be fitted and not boxy.

    I would add one thing, at the hospital where I used to tech, the nurses had the option of wearing all royal blue or all white scrubs. Several of them remarked that they received more respect when they wore all white, probably because the patients knew they were the nurse. I hate to say it, but all of the team looks alike when nurses don't wear white. But I'm not anxious to wear it myself because I know it's hard to keep clean and frankly, it's boring. Maybe we should have a large pin with RN on it for our lapel, it's usually not easy to read on our badge. That would help.
  14. by   deeDawntee
    Do you "have" to wear scrubs? What is the policy at your facility? We don't have a dress code and some nurses will wear polo shirts or even blouses that are more fitted. But to find anything that will be as long lasting will be difficult.

    As a side note, I LOVE is one of the very best things about being a nurse! They do so much for my morale! I love all the fun prints (including seasonal) and the comfort. Personally, the way I feel on my job, the ability to move and respond in every situation, is soooo much more important then what the "public" thinks of what I wear. My patients know I bring compassion and expertise to the bedside and I have no problem cleaning up any body fluid they can produce. If I had to worry about my "outfit" to please the freakin public, I would have to tell them to kiss my a#@!!!