Quote from jannieannie79
Is having a same color/same style scrub per profession in a hospital will increase professionalism?
I don't know how it affects professionalism
per se, but I think it does help with the way we are perceived
I worked in a hospital which required RNs to wear all white. LPNs wore navy blue, CNAs wore maroon, lab wore green and housekeeping wore ceil blue. Although, I personally feel that housekeeping should not wear scrubs
I did not like wearing all white, as I am very pale with very light hair. I just don't look too good in all white. Plus, it was very hard to try and stay clean for the shift. Stain removal was a problem, as well.
However, the pts and familiy members were never
confused as to who was an RN and who was not.
This way, statements made to a pt by other staff are not perceived as having been said by a nurse.
I've had a lot of instances in my career where a pt told me "a nurse at (another facility) told me blah blah blah" and I've foind it very unlikely that what they were told came from a nurse, based on the content.
Also, I know the one color, one discipline format helps pts who are visually impaired. I've had legally blind pts tell me it helps a lot
. They know if they see a person who looks like a blurry white blob come into their room, it's their RN. If a green blob comes in, they know it's lab, etc. This is especially helpful if the pt is HOH, as well.
A couple of times in my life, I've mistaken a security guard for a cop, such as when my car was broken into at an apt complex. This was easy to do, becase the guard's uniform was just like a cop's. The security guard did not immediately correct me, either. I mean, many nurses have had experience with CNAs or MAs who were more than happy to be mistaken for nurses.
Firefighter and military uniforms are very
distinctive. I think nurses' uniforms actually being uniform
would benefit us.
However, I do wear colorful,scrubs. And, because most of my scrubs are custom made, my uniforms are even more colorful and distinct than most others' are. I mean, it would be weird if I were the only nurse wearing all one color at work. It only works when everyone