Pre-Employment Physical Attire

  1. Hello All,

    I have my pre-employment physical with employee health and HR for my first nursing job this coming Monday! I'm excited, but also a bit nervous, as I'm not sure exactly what to expect. What is usually included in these appointments? Also, she told me to dress comfortably because some bending and lifting is required. I will be getting my picture for my badge taken at this time, so I want to look nice, too! What would you all consider appropriate "comfortable" attire to wear to this appointment?

    Thanks for any ideas!
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  3. by   bugya90
    Not jeans! I wore comfy slacks and a blouse with an undershirt and flats. I wouldn't recommend anything that is tight fitting or a short skirt. I had to do a couple of jumping jacks, bend over to touch my toes, and give a urine sample for drug testing.
    Last edit by bugya90 on Jun 14
  4. by   psu_213
    For this, I would think that scrubs are appropriate. As noted by the PP, no jeans.
  5. by   Ruby Vee
    "Business casual." I'd wear some nice slacks and a dressier T shirt or blouse. And flat shoes that aren't too bare. Generally speaking, toes showing isn't appropriate for health care. Nothing too tight or too fussy. I hope that helps because I just realized it describes NOTHING in my closet!
  6. by   NurseCard
    I agree, just wear some scrubs!
  7. by   Sour Lemon
    Quote from EmxoRenee
    Hello All,

    I have my pre-employment physical with employee health and HR for my first nursing job this coming Monday! I'm excited, but also a bit nervous, as I'm not sure exactly what to expect. What is usually included in these appointments? Also, she told me to dress comfortably because some bending and lifting is required. I will be getting my picture for my badge taken at this time, so I want to look nice, too! What would you all consider appropriate "comfortable" attire to wear to this appointment?

    Thanks for any ideas!
    I wore jeans to mine, but they were stretchy, thin jeans. I had to push heavy things, pull heavy things, carry a heavy box around, walk up and down some stairs, etc. Scrubs would have probably been good, too. I would wear anything even moderately "fancy".
  8. by   NurseSpeedy
    Scrubs should be fine. I wore the same thing I did for my interview and wish I didn't. Nothing like doing a squat in pumps, designer business dress and matching blazer. Looked great for the interview-but awkward for the physical. I guess I proved my ability to balance as well.
  9. by   verene
    Business casual (but more to the causal side). My pre-employment physical said I needed to be prepared to walk, bend, and lift up to 50lbs. I guess I walked to the exam room, and I did have to take off my shoes to stand on a scale, but I did not have to lift 50lbs! The physical was more to rule out any gross physical health issues that would interfere with ability to work, far less intense than what HR made it sound like.
  10. by   KelRN215
    My last one involved providing copies of my vaccine records and titers, getting planted for a PPD and doing a brief vision screening. I wore whatever I was wearing to my current job on that day.
  11. by   TruvyNurse
    Well I'm the odd one out here . I was 7 months pregnant during my last preemployment physical. I wore nice stretchy pants and a thermal long sleeved shirt. Sorry
  12. by   Kyrshamarks
    I am sitting in employee health right now waiting for pre employment physical. Those around me including me are wearing jeans or shorts like me and a t shirt. No one is looking twice at us for this
  13. by   Leader25
    Quote from bugya90
    Not jeans! I wore comfy slacks and a blouse with an undershirt and flats. I wouldn't recommend anything that is tight fitting or a short skirt. I had to do a couple of jumping jacks, bend over to touch my toes, and give a urine sample for drug testing.
    Really ,jumping jacks,touch your toes?Why ?what happened to equal opportunity employment?
  14. by   Medic_Murse
    G-string...I want to be as comfortable as possible.

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