dress code before clocking in - page 2

the hospital that i work at has just started a policy that requires all employees to dress ''business casual'' when coming to work, at work, and leaving work...i am an ob nurse that wears scrubs..i... Read More

  1. by   purplemania
    It's not so much the time, but the place. The facility has the right to set a dress code for employees while on campus.
  2. by   Nurse Ratched
    Is it wrong? Yeah.

    Is it legal? Hard to say.

    Will you get more flack for bucking the system in this instance? Probably - you gotta ask yourself how important this is to you, and be prepared to accept the consequences for pushing in a particular situation.
  3. by   BabyRN2Be
    I know you said that your hospital provides the scrubs, but can you wear your own just to clock in and put on the hospital scrubs for work?

    That would really stink if you had to buy a "business casual" wardrobe just to walk into work.
  4. by   Rustyhammer
    Here in Santa Fe business casual means jeans.
  5. by   jnette
    Quote from ocankhe
    If you are an employee at will then the answer is yes they can. If you are covered by a Union contract then it is up to the contract or it becomes negotiable.

    You got THAT right !!! :angryfire That's the biggest load of bull I've ever heard !
  6. by   mstewart
    I'd buy a HUGE mu-mu and wear that with a nice pair of ugly, garage sale, outdated flats....Hey, It's a dress, right?? Or they'd be sick of seeing me in the same khaki's and T-shirt EVERY DAY!!
    Give me a break...obviously some one who has never even WORN scrubs made that one up!!
    Yeah, i'd look at your state's Dept of Labor web-site...or look in the white pages and give them a call. I'm thinking if they have a seperate entrance for employees they can't make you do that...but you had better find out before you buck the system.
  7. by   Cherish
    That's really weird. The hospital you work at does it allow you to wear your own scrubs or hospital scrubs. If I was you and they allowed any type of scrubs, I would just wear my own.
  8. by   steel magnolia
    Seems to me, they can say something about looking respectful, but it certainly is ridiculous to say one has to be biz casual, that is expensive, will they provide a clothing allowance??

    It is so irritating when the hospital makes a policy that effects everyone, when it was probably one person who came in looking rusque by someone else's standards.
  9. by   teeituptom
    What is business casual mean

    Hell I dont even own a suit

    I dont even know how to tie a tie

    the classiest outfits I have are my Golf clothes

    think they would mind if I came in wearing my Golf shoes with spikes
  10. by   llg
    If you are walking through the hospital ... wearing your ID badge ... parking for free in the employee lot (may be interpreted as a form of compensation) ... clearly identifying yourself as a representative of their hospital ... Many people would say they have a right to establish some guidelines as to how you look when you represent them, particularly on their property.

    I am sure that most employees would claim, "I am an employee!" before clocking in if there were ever any trouble/incident in which being an employee would be to their advantage. If you were injured in the lobby before clocking in, you would qualify for Worker's Compensation. So, expecting you to act and dress like an employee is not unreasonable.

    As some others in this thread have suggested, it's probably easy and cheap to meet this requirement by buying just a few minimum and inexpensive items. There are more important things to get all worked up about.

  11. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    The only dress code that our OR and Maternity floors have when it comes to what you wear into and out of the building is to not be tacky (ex. Daisy Dukes, boobs hanging out, thong hanging out). Doesn't matter what's worn just as long as it's decent.
  12. by   Agnus
    I agree this sucks. On the other hand business casual covers a wide territory. Business casual is not a suit. Business causal can be a nice pair of slacks and blouse.

    Get your hospital to define more closely what they mean if they are going to insist on this rediculous rule.

    It should apply across the board to everyone. Including doctors, janitors, supply people, security people you name it.

    You might be surprised that you do have business casual unless you only have sweats, jeans, shorts, etc.

    A casual skirt and blouse, qualifies.

    I think the rule sucks. But if they sign my check I will comply. Personally I see too many people in business that dress very inappropriately.

    As for the person who mentioned they did not own a suit. How is this for inappropriate. Nursing manager wearing a tight suit that shows a lot of cleavage, and or the MD in a suit with the hem up to her wazoo.
    OR better yet, management in a suit with a very long skit but slit up to the wazoo.
  13. by   fergus51
    That's just stupid. Of all the things they could concentrate on (like ways to improve patient care?) this is what they choose to spend their time on..... Oh pencil pushers....