Help design new nursing uniform - page 5

Take action! Complete survey and help design new nursing uniform July 4, 2003 -- The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing is asking nurses to complete a 5-minute survey it is... Read More

  1. by   iliel
    Oh, and I don't like the idea of a star system. From what I understand, in the military, everyone has a pretty equal chance to move up and everyone starts at the same point. If we use stars as education classification, we open the door to discrimination. Not everyone has the same chance at education. I don't know any other job where you would do the same thing.
    It's a bad, bad idea! I want to do my eduaction at my own pace and not feel like I'm being juged by the number of stars next to my name!
  2. by   tonchitoRN
    at my facility we were only required to stay with a particular color of uniform. you could wear whatever style you wanted. so if you don't like the look of a scrub go out and buy something else that suits your taste and figure.
  3. by   sbic56
    The recent buzz at our facility is to have each discipline wear their own color. That is a good idea, just so the patients can know who belongs to what department. Just hate to see the different levels of nursing segregated from one another. That is a bad idea.
  4. by   Geeg
    The best uniform I can think of is one provided free of charge by the hospital. I hate spending my own hard earned $$$ so that pts can deposit bodily fluids on them.
  5. by   TinyNurse
    I filled out the survey.
    I'm a new grad and had horrible uniforms, haha
    I say that white pants with a white professional type jacket ( not just a scrub jacket but something that tethers/ties in the back,)
    and a plain tee shirt of a certain color ( green, or blue) should be worn as a student. I also think that the nursing school emblem should be on the sleeve, ( and nametag) so the clients/nurses, etc know that this person is a student.

    Oh, i wanted to add that my nursing school uniforms were about 140 dollars. top and pants shoes were extra. haha. yeah it was bad.
  6. by   Ariko
    I agree with the professional look. I always wear white shoes and often wear white pants.

    I would love a UNIFORM that distinctly designates nurses, with white shoes. I'm tired of being mistaken for a doctor (I'm male and older), but I do enjoy telling them "No, I'm a nurse" and watching their faces as they process the information and get their heads readjusted a bit. I miss the white dresses and caps, which are so identified with nursed, but what can a guy wear that looks equally distinct and professional?

    I'm sure someone will reply, "Why, you should wear a white dress and cap, silly!" I easily have enough hair for a cap, but what happens to bald, (presumably male) nurses? (I have real problems with bald women, but by then they are usually too old to be nursing.)

  7. by   AMV
    At our hospital we were scrubs that signify who we are. For example, nursing staff (RN, LVN) wear navy scrubs and can also wear white with this or all white. CNA's (nursing assistants) and our tele techs wear maroon, pharmacy wears purple, RT wears teal, PT light blue, etc. etc. no patterns, just solid colors. Also housekeeping has their own specific uniform that is gray and white pinstripped.

    I wasn't sure what I would think when I started here, but I really like this system!! You know who people are (nursing or non-nursing) and so do the patients! Also it is very easy in deciding what to wear that day!!

    Now our case managers wear street clothes and the nurse practitioners wear street clothes and lab coat - but doesn't that make sense?? While I agree with looking and being as professional as possible, I can't imagine wearing street clothes and a lab coat (like the Doc's and nurse practitioners do) and doing what I do in a 12-hour day on a PCU unit!! That would be crazy and impractical. I also think that if your scrubs are not all wrinkled, but are neat and clean and ironed and your appearance as far as hair, etc. looks professional - you will look professional. Our patients EXPECT us to be wearing scrubs or some sort of uniform - I think that is just the "image" the public has about healthcare professionals. Much of the time the doctors are coming from the OR or cath lab in scrubs themselves and when I used to work in Day Surgery (in another hospital), EVERYONE has scrubs on! (The confusion there was that EVERYONE from Techs to Dr's had on powder blue scrubs and the patients had NO IDEA who anyone was - nurses wore badges they could see - when they weren't flipped around or at their waist- but doctors didn't...) I really don't think scrubs makes us look less professional at all.
    Last edit by AMV on Jul 14, '03
  8. by   itsme
    I would be all for the lab coats/scrub jackets, but our facilty is sooooo hot that even the old folks that live there at times complain that it is hot!! They do work well in the winter though, cuz in the winter that building is cooooldddd!!!
  9. by   jnette
    Now let's see... "stars" to set us apart? Stars and stripes, perhaps? What comes next..? A salute?

    No. Don't think so. Let the military be military.. I gave them my time and my service, and rather enjoy the comaraderie of just my "fellow nurses" with nothing too obvious to "separate the ranks". We should be more concerned with pulling nurses together instead of pulling the body apart, IMO.

    We wear nametags already with LPN or RN so why would I want to advertise any louder? And at many facilities, those RNs who wish to tack on their well earned BSN, MSN, PHD are free to do so, but to incorporate this into a "uniform"... nah.

    Kinda reminds me too much of the German authoritarianism I grew up with (and learned to despise)..and having to curtsey when passing a teacher walking down the hall... not to mention their insistance on being addressed by their TITLE, not merely their name.
    I'm all for improving our lot in life and futhering our education, but my thinking is if you have to "show it for others to know it", then leave me out.

    I want my respect to come from the care I give, and my relationship with my patients as their advocate... not from what I'm wearing on my sleeve or collar.
  10. by   Marlo2bRN
    Only suggestion I can give is make sure that ALL uniforms are available in petite sizes. I do know that they make them in petite but not all pants (scrubs, cargo, drawstring) come in petite sizes!