I worked for quite awhile as a nurse recruiter for a large city hospital.
And while I never expected nurses who were applying for staff positions to look like they were on their way to a banking board member I did want to see them looking professional and neatly dressed. Most recruiters feel that this is when the applicant should be performing at their very best, putting forth their best impression. Because of this, someone who shows up poorly or inappropriately dressed may not be seen as the best candidate.
No summer sun dresses, spaghetti straps or mini skirts
No super high heel "throw-me-down-and-do-me" open sandal-type shoes
No pants and tee shirts
No "frou-frou" church dresses
What we usually want is a professional looking outfit. A nice dress that looks like you could wear it in a professional situation, it doesn't have to be a suit.
Pants are certainly OK, but make them dark brown, blue or black with a dress blouse, sweater set, or jacket.
I, personally, thought scrubs
were OK if you were interviewing after work but I'd rather see someone in professional clothes.
What you wear does not have to be expensive. something from Walmart or Target can look as professional as something from Lord &Taylor. If you spend a little money to help you get a job you really, really want - it will be an investment in YOU, in your future and this will be money well spent. This is especially important when applying for positions where there might be more than one well qualified nurse applying. You should do everything you possibly can to make you look like the best person for the job.