Dressing for Halloween? - page 2

Anyone work someplace that encourages employees to dress? Or just allows it? Anyone planning on wearing something other than a scrub top with pumpkins or witches? :) I was toying with the idea... Read More

  1. by   edprincess
    The past few years I've dress up on Halloween and X-mas. I just make sure that it's not over the top and I can function in it. Cat outfit with black scrubs and such. I like to have fun and since I work in the ER, you gotta make you're own fun down there plus sometimes it cheers pt up. Some people may take offense as well. It also depends on your nurse manager and what he/she allows. I've always had managers that dress up with us. Last year we did a barn theme and got the docs involved. It was fun.
  2. by   General E. Speaking, RN
    Quote from Quickbeam
    I personally dislike health care professionals wearing seasonal costumes. I'd rather the environment be decorated if that's desired. I was a Peds nurse for many years and I think dressing up in costumes is often inappropriate for many patients' religious and cultural beliefs.

    Decades ago, my father died in the hospital on Halloween. I was a teenager. I still remember how odd it was to see staff having Halloween parties and dressing up while I was losing a parent. It sure didn't help.
    Good point. I'm sorry that happened to you and your family.
  3. by   Chaya
    I like to acknowledge the seaon but keep it simple. Since I work eves I usually wear the teeny sized disposable glow-in-the-dark earrings; you don't even notice them until I walk into a darkened room.
  4. by   santhony44
    The best costume I ever saw was worn by a drug rep.

    This guy was quite tall but bore a distinct resemblance to Lurch. Awfully nice guy, so of course I would never have dreamed of saying anything to him about it.

    He showed up in our clinic one day in late October- dressed as Lurch!!! I just about fell over laughing.

    I guess somebody, somewhere, had mentioned that resemblance to him!
  5. by   prmenrs
    We used to do it in my nursery, but, one year, a parent pointed out how inappropriate it was. @ the time, we dressed the babies up, too. Had lots of costumes-princesses, brides, superman, etc. The parent said something to the effect that these weren't baby dolls, they were human beings. If the parents wanted to put a costume on their own child, great.

    And I always figured that it would be just my luck to have a really sick kid that day--and there I'd be looking like an idiot. What a great memory for the mom and dad.
  6. by   psalm
    I have to tell you about my experience as a patient . I was in for total hysterectomy on Oct.30th...on the 31st the nurses were dressed up in costume, but thanks to my demerol, I didn't know that. My roommate had both our TVs on a halloween special with Elvira in a coffin, popping in and out of the coffin.

    I don't remember anything about fist shift, but my 3-11 nurse was dressed up as little red riding hood. I asked her and it just didn't compute (demerol, remember:spin: But 3rd shift when I called for the nurse, a creature with a silver body, black legs and "KISS" hair & makeup showed up. I screamed, "get away from me!" and she said, I'm your nurse, Darlene. I could not be convinced, so another RN came in for me.

    So there are pros and cons to dressing up. I was quite the talk of the floor and of course my roommate, who was ready to be discharged in the morning and in her right mind, had a good healthy laugh.
  7. by   General E. Speaking, RN
    Once everyone on our Med Surg floor wore green t shirts. We were (gang green) gangrene.
  8. by   Luv2BAnurse
    Quote from kriso
    Once everyone on our Med Surg floor wore green t shirts. We were (gang green) gangrene.
  9. by   prowlingMA
    I work in an Oncology clinic and it is incouraged to wear and have a contested voted by employees. This year I am going to be a " Deviled Egg" devil horns and a picture of an egg around my neck. haha
    It is always fun and in good humor.
  10. by   RNsRWe
    Quote from kriso
    Once everyone on our Med Surg floor wore green t shirts. We were (gang green) gangrene.
  11. by   RNsRWe
    Ok, white dress, hose and hat it is

    I can remove the hat if it's annoying me, but it's not like it'd be 'inappropriate' in any instance. I figured it went without saying that whatever anyone wears, it should be easily removable and in keeping with the setting in which you work.

    The "hospital patient" was ridiculous!
  12. by   EmmaG
    Quote from cmo421
    I think in peds and certain areas it is doable. It should be something that is easily removed. One year this guy ,who was a nut,and dressed every year,was on and we had a code. Family was present and I was so embarressed.A bubble bee doing compressions and intubating a pt is not a pretty site!,, So my two cents is keep it simple and be able to pull it off in case of an emergency.
    One of our nurses was dressed as a rabbit in a hat (bunny suit inside a HUGE black tophat). Of course, there was a code and she was up on the bed, trying to do compressions. The patient made it and I have often wondered what the old guy thought when he awoke to see Bugs leaning over him.

    Probably scarred him for life...
  13. by   EmmaG
    A friend and I went to a halloween party, then afterwards came to visit our patients. They loved it. (I was the frog prince, complete with purple silk-y costume and size 18 flipper-feet--- gawd those were hard to walk in LOL)