Oooohhhh, Now I feel cosmopoliten, do you ALL wear scrubs? - page 3

Heya!!, wow, Im a british male student nurse, and firstly, hi! secondly do all nurse in the US, austraila, everywhere infact wear scrubs? I dont, I wish I did, "surgical blues" (scrubs) are so... Read More

  1. by   nursedawn67
    When I worked in for one company in Tennesse, the nurses wore whites and their nursing caps. I worked at a hospital here in Michigan and the nurses wore colorful scrubs with or without prints, housekeeping and all the other staffing wore particular colored pants (depending on what dept. they were in depended on the color) and whatever top they chose. I'm currently in LTC and we wear whatever scrubs we want to, I have all kinds of prints (anywhere from sponge bob, flowers, scooby doo, hearts, plain colored, to teddy bears. The residents always tell us they love all the pretty brightens their days). It does make it hard to distinguish the nurses from the CNA's, but we are sure to wear our name badges and to ID ourselves as we enter the room, but most of our residents are there long enough to learn who is who.
  2. by   karenG
    well- I wear a dress sometimes its true but thats my choice and in general practice I dont do lifting etc! did work at Moorfields Eye hospital a few years and we used to wear dressed that fitted- I mean fitted, felt like it was painted on! together with white starched pinny, starched collar and yes, a hat! used to rustle when I walked! was like working in a time warp. But dont know of any nurses who wear caps these days. seem to have long hair, ear rings, rings and make up............wasnt allowed when I trained! now I sound old!!!!!!!!!

  3. by   aus nurse
    Originally posted by BadBird
    Interesting, can you tell me what theatre means? and why you can wear scrubs there, is that the operating room? Just curious. I love my scrubs, mostly ceil blue but I also have dusty pink and maroon, then of course jackets for every holiday and season, brightens up the dull units. When I work the burn unit I have to wear their scrubs which are also blue but not nearly as soft as mine. I can't imagine working in a dress, OMG this isn't the 60's, do your nurses wear caps too? Wow, wouldn't that be awful.
    Yep, theatre is the OR, that's why they have to wear the scrubs. Supplied by the hospital, you change when you get to work.
    Working in "nornal" clothes is fine by me...I guess whatever you are used to. No we don't wear caps here either anymore. Used to.....I trained with one but they phased out in the late 80's. Do you all wear your scrubs to work? I would feel like I was in my PJ's lol.
  4. by   globalRN
    Karen, I'm still trying to figure out what paracetomol is over here! Any ideas?

    I'm from England originally, trained as RN in the US. [/B][/QUOTE]

    paracetomol=acetaminophen=Tylenol(brand name)
  5. by   Jenny P
    We buy our own scrubs here (where I work in MN.) and wear them to and from work; I always wear a pair of scrub pants and scrub jacket over a turtleneck top; it looks professional and is always neat and no wrinkles.
  6. by   BritishStudent
    Wow, now this is showing of culture Paracetamol is a non-steroidal antinflamitory drug. A pain killer with anti-pyrexic properties.

    What I noticed about the US (when I worked there as a NA/camp counclior) is that any time you would use asprin we would use paracetamol.

    The biggest difrence between the two (in terms of administration) is that asprin shouldnt be given to babies and young children beacuse it can cause brain damage (If I recolect correctly) where as paracetamol does not. Its also marginaly harder to overdose on.

    Theatre is an intresting term, it originates from when (british) doctors would learn about surgery by all watching in the stands around the opperating table, just like going to the theatre! (early victorian era, pre-anastesia)

    One last intresting but useless fact. Fastest leg amputation ever performed was 14 seconds. it had a 300% fatality rate, that is the patient died of shock, the doctor cut himself and died of septic shock and a watching student fainted and bashed his head on the floor. quite shocking
  7. by   ayemmeff
    Aspirin for under 12's has been banned in the UK since 1986,following research into a link between its use and Reyes Syndrome.

    I believe that Australia is now also considering a ban.
  8. by   BritishStudent
    whats the one!
  9. by   Mimi2RN
    We use Tylenol and Ibuprofin here for infants and children through their teens. We haven't used aspirin for years. The only death I have heard of from Reye's syndrome was 20 years ago. I don't think aspirin use is a problem.

    BTW do you use Mucomyst as a tx for Tylenol overdose? Smells disgusting, but a good tx for kids in their early teens looking for attention, w/ f/u counseling.
  10. by   aus nurse
    Originally posted by ayemmeff
    Aspirin for under 12's has been banned in the UK since 1986,following research into a link between its use and Reyes Syndrome.

    I believe that Australia is now also considering a ban.
    Not sure of an official "ban" but it has been common practice here for many years not to use asprin in children under 12.
  11. by   RNFROG3
    We had to wear navy scrubs in the ER until just recently. Now a matching scrub uniform is fine. I also wear alot of turtlenecks underneath. Nightshift gets cold and I hate being cold! It was wonderful to have tht policy changed because my first job I was allowed to wear any color and had about 30 uniforms. I started in the ER and yea you guessed it had not one navy blue uniform in my closet. I've had so much fun getting all my pretty colors back out!
  12. by   semstr
    I am very glad that I get my working clothes provided from the hospital I work for. Which is normal here.
    We wear either dresses or pants with blouses. All staff has different colours, so the patients know, who is who.
    Best thing about all this: I throw everything in dirty linens bag when I go home and a few days later it is back in my cupboard, washed and ironed.
    I just can't imagine how it is, to go back home in my "dirty" working things.
  13. by   JNJ
    BritishStudent: I loved your post about the trousers and tunics now available. It took 30+ years from my initial complaints to get the response, but just shows it was worth all the aggravation. (PTs were in trousers, but the nurses were not allowed to wear trousers, even in OR!)

    I worked ER in the 70s in a grey fitted dress with tight collar, long sleeves with, wait for it, removable buttons for laundering held in by murderous metal tags. I remember and blush at leaping onto gurneys doing CPR wondering what the heck I was showing - no pantihose in those days - black stockings and suspenders showing - ugh, ugh, ugh.

    Work peds now, love those scrubs. Here in SD we choose the ones with Dolphins on them . . .