uniforms are killing us - page 10

What do you all think of current nursing wear. it kills me to go up to a adult floor and see RN's wearing all these crazy looking tops with cartoons and teddy bears on them. personally i see why some... Read More

  1. by   MoJoeRN,C
    Originally posted by JnJTyson
    Hi everyone! Just wandered onto to here. Glad I found it! I'm in nursing school right now to get my LPN. Of course, we have school uniforms. Burgendy tops, white pants. School patch on the top as well. I love it. Makes it that much easier to do my morning routine.

    As far as work goes. I currently have my CNA/HHA. I work through agencies. When I go to a clients home, I tend to wear solid color scrubs. Either same color top and bottom, or white bottom with a color top. Same for the hospital. I do have a few patterned scrubs. My scooby doo top is my favourite! Where do I wear that one? When I work the night **** mostly. No ones really aware that I have scooby doo running around all over my shirt.

    I think uniforms are a good thing. But I think individuality is very important as well. But are those black tops with chili peppers all over it really appropriate?

    Imagine if you had Dementia, or any other mind altering disease. What would you do if you saw some chili peppers holding a cup of pills headed your way?

  2. by   MoJoeRN,C
    As an old psych nurse, I loved the dementia part, thanks for the chuckle. When I was a nursing student at the University of Tenn at Nashville in 75-77. All nursing except peds wore white. Psych was the next to change out of whites and we wore appropriate street clothing, slacks and a dress shirt, tie not worn,( have you seen what Jackie Chan can do with a tie?) Clients and other mental health workers, professionals complained it was hard to differentiate the help from the clients, this problem still exists in some psych settings, I presently wear dockers, dress shirt and suspenders, some with ruler/carpenter markings. I still feel I look professional and clients are not put off by a uniform.
    Flight nurses at one of the Saint Johns Hospital, either Springfield, Mo, or Joplin Mo wear Star Trek Generations uniforms like the ones Piccard and Number One wore, black with red shoulders. Kewl!
    Last edit by MoJoeRN,C on Mar 19, '03
  3. by   Flynurse
    Originally posted by Nurse Keli
    Peaches makes a boot-cut type pant, not lower waisted though;
    LA Rose makes low rider pants. I like them because I can wear them on my waist where they belong and I don't have a huge section of crotch fabric hanging down....BTW my top covers whatever "skin" isn't covered by my pants.

    Tip for the people not wanting white panty-roos showing through their white pants...wear nude colored panties. Bali makes a wide range of nude colors for all types of skin color, last I heard.
    Last edit by Flynurse on Mar 19, '03
  4. by   ziggyRn
    [QUOTE]Originally posted by imenid37
    i totally agree. guilty as charged w/ the cute uniforms. they are always clean and pressed. i wear them everyday. i don't get mistaken for housekeeping or dietary. i guess it helps they are not there at night(lol). probably, i have been mistaken for the physician more than anyone else by pt's who do not realize i am a nurse. (yes i know i will not get taken for an english teacher) most people know i am a nurse 'cause i wear a large name tag that says rn. as long as people are clean and neat, i have no problems w/ their uniforms. having worked where all white was worn in the mid 80's, i know how awful that looks on folks who don't keep their uniforms as clean as they should.YUK!!!

    I agree...at least the cutsy uniforms are pressed and clean. The cutsy part does make me cringe though...though it's probably a cultural difference. The cutsy stuff here is limited to a cartoon character badge in paeds, or something else that's small.
    However in the US I noticed lots of adult women wearing Disney store type clothing which looks silly and childish to us but is obviously not so silly to many Americans.

    But, saying that...I do wonder why some adult women collect stuffed animals. Now to me, that's kinda weird.
    I wonder if the cutsy uniform wearers collect stuffed animals...
  5. by   amken
    At the hospital I work at everyone wears solid prints and the colors you are told to wear. I always hear people saying they wished they could wear prints because the solids look boring and they get tired of looking at the same thing day after day. I like prints and maybe one day I will work where I can wear them!!!!!!!!!!
  6. by   coowip
    I agree whole haeartedly.
  7. by   SN Gone Crazy
    Hi Everyone,

    I am a student nurse and we have to wear white uniforms to clinicals. I am in no way a supermodel, but I managed to find a uniform that is fairly flattering on me, has a pretty design on it and looks professional. I don't mind wearing white except when my monthly curse comes along. I have a very difficult time with keeping my uniform clean at this time. It is times like this when I can't wait to wear dark scrubs, because it is less noticeable.

    I also like the different holiday patterns. I think they look very festive around the holidays and I can't wait to show my holiday spirit. For now all I can do is wear a pin or by a festive pen.

    I agree with the fact that no one other than medical personnel should be allowed to were scrubs. There are other uniforms that are comfortable that these different personnel can were. Unfortunetly I have been to the hospital a number of times for things other than giving birth. Whenever I see someone in scrubs I think of someone who is medical personnel and I am not the only one. One day when I was waiting in line to pick up my check form financial aid, I was talking to another women in line. She noticed a couple of people wearing hospital scrubs and said " They must be nursing students". My point is that as soon as people see someone in any kind of scrub they automatically think of a doctor or a nurse.

    I Know God Will Not Give Me More Than I Can Handle. I Just Wish He Didn't Trust Me So Much. _Mother Theresa
    Last edit by SN Gone Crazy on Mar 21, '03
  8. by   JnJTyson
    Hey!! No offence meant by the reference of Chili Pepper uniform tops! Sorry! =0)

    But here's a little something funny...tell me if I really was in bad taste.

    I am 23 years old...currently a CNA/HHA but in school right now for my LPN. But...this goes with the "crazy hair" issue. I am currently growing my hair out. I had it cut quite short last year. But now that its gotten longer...I find there isn't much to do with it to keep it back other than put it in a pony tail..and it gets boring to me. When my hair was at its longest, I had put it in a french braid, or other held back styles. But right now its not long enough...ANYHOW!

    I showed up to work at an ALF in the required uniform (a girlie flowered scrub top..which the men hate..we have 7 male aides...so wy they chose girlie flowers is beyond me) The men wear Green tops...oops...I'm wandering...still having coffee!!

    So where was I?? YES! Hair! I had my hair in pig tails towards the back of my head. They weren't sitting right above my ears dangling in my face or anything. The next day, I had pig tails in knots on top of my head because I found the residents could easilly grab hold of dangling hair like that.

    My supervisor pulled me into her office and said my hair was too "out there" in the knots, and too childish in the pig tails. I think yes...my pig tails could be seen as too childish in a way. Most residents said they thought it was cute. The rest were no comments what-so-ever.

    So do you think pig tails is inapropriate? The knots where small, and there was no hair sticking wildly out of my head.....

    Too out there??? I'd be interested to hear your comments!

  9. by   NurseRachy
    I think that your supervisor needs to butt out of telling you what she thinks of your hairstyles. If it is not affecting your quality of care or contaminating wounds then what business does she have to tell you how to wear your hair?? You are 23, not 103 and have the right to style your hair however you wish! Pig tails are definetly NOT "too out there." I actually wear my hair in pig tails sometimes and thought it was very conservative....
    I would be tempted to tell your supervisor that many people actually admire others individuality... i certainly do!
    Good luck and work on some more extream-er hairstyles!!!!
  10. by   JnJTyson
    Thank you!! Acutally...with a lot of the women I took care of I got a sort of "Grandma effect" out of it!! They'd say..."aww..your hair reminds me of my granddaughter"....Voila! Instant conversation! Some of them love to talk about grandkids...and it was a great way to get into the convo!!

    Also..the reason I don't wear my hair in pigtails down was because I had a guy grab a hold of one during a transfer...almost as bad as him grabbing my neck!! My head flew to the one side...didn't hurt me (well..yea..my hair hurt..lol) but other than that...I didn't see it as a problem!!


    By the way...how many posts or how long do I have to be on here before I'm not a "Junior Member"??
  11. by   AHarri66
    I agree with the comment that it's the nurse in the scrubs that matter, not what's on the scrubs. I have a closet full of different tops (I always wear white pants), some solid, some prints, some muted, some bright...not one white top, except a scrub jacket that I don't wear anymore. My mood decides what I wear that day. In the past 4 years I've had one--count 'em, ONE!-- pt. say "I wish nurses would go back to wearing white," while I've had innumerable comments like "I love the tops you nurses wear nowadays! It makes things more cheery." And while I personally don't own any cartoon tops, I would consider the SpongeBob one.
  12. by   NurseRachy
    hahah yeah hair is always a great conversation starter with me too. Have had and continue to have many exciting hair colour and styles myself ( I am 21). Today I went in for foils and said to the hairdresser "You are the professional and will know what looks good, just make sure it is funky!" ( I hope funky has the same meaning in the US as it does in Australia! - meaning really trendy and hip or cool) so 3 hours and over $200 later i left with layered just past shoulder-length hair so white that it when i renewed my driving licence today that it took 3 photo's and a very angry photographer to get a faint outline of my hair - hehhe it is cool! Change is as good as a holiday... Have had my hair yanked too- usually by guys in clubs trying to get my attention so i can sympathise with your pain!! Hope it didn't hurt too much!

    This is a stab in the dark, and a lot of other member's of this board know heaps more than me so can probably set you straight, but i am guessing around 50 posts before you are a senior member?? I am not really a computer-minded person - as you have probably guessed with the lack of a picture!! heheh oh well... can't be good at everything!
    Bye bye I'm going to practice some new twisty hairstyles!!!
    Rachel @}-->-----------
  13. by   webbiedebbie
    I just wish the uniform companies would offer more conservative prints for those of us who don't like the cartoon characters and loud prints and colors. I had two tops made from material that I bought and I think they look great. But, I think it would be hard to make a jacket (more time, material, and cost).

    Let me say that I don't mind seeing those others on other nurses, but those are not my choice.