uniforms are killing us - page 3

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   night owl
    Well I must say, I wear solid color tops with white pants and a flower type print jacket, & no teaddy bears...I need the pockets! And of course white shoes. I work in LTC and that IS their home. I don't feel there's a need to look totally white professional in that type of setting. If I were to work in a hospital, then I would wear all white. The Vegas floor nurse can keep the nails, the 25 bangle bracelets along with the 3-4 necklaces. I only wear my watch, a wedding band and one ring on my right hand. The make up? Well, I don't cake it on, but I can't go without any either...{sigh}
  2. by   sheric
    It doesn't matter to me what the other nurse is wearing. Who are we to judge someone about what it is that they are doing? Because someone where's a Spongebob" top to work it doesn't mean that they are incompetent. It means that they are comfortable with who they are. I am a R.N. as a career choice. That is not who I am as a person. So, for those of you who forgot that you were a human-being, get a grip. Wear your white and stop juding people. Because, what ever you speak in this lifetime will come back on you at the time that it counts. AFTER YOU DIE! So, take it easy, don't have a heart attack because someone else sees their profession as one to uplift their patients in what ever way they see fit. We are all individuals and you can't take an individuals choice away. Obviously the facilities have grown with the changing of the times. I'ts about time you did too. I'm not saying that what anyone is saying is wrong. what I'm saying is if everyone has the right to be their own person. You don't see all the lawyers,accoutants,and dentist looking exactly alike. Yes the dentist may have on a lab coat. But what he has on under that isn't exactly the same as his partner. We belittle ourselves, we don't need anyone else to do it. I don't know what people you are going around that believes nurses are incompetent. With my family and friends when there is a problem who do they call? ME. If people are saying to your face that nurses are incompetent, they can only speak on what they see. You must be the incompetent one. Don't put your faults on someone else. Also, don't be apart of the problem, be part of the solution. One last thing, when I say "you" I'm not talking about everyone, i'm only talking about the ones that feel that particular way. I know I'm going to get attacked I'm used to it because I'm a nurse and thats all we know how to do. Belittle other nurses. We have "little man" syndrome.
    Last edit by sheric on Mar 14, '03
  3. by   Repat
    Oh, sheric, I don't think anyone posting was saying that people who dress differently are unprofessional. I think the main thrust of the argument is how are we perceived by the public. First impressions do matter!
  4. by   RNonsense
    I agree about hair...who wants a big long hair stuck in their dressing?? I agree about nails...didn't everybody do the pretend "germ" wash in nursing school where you stuck your hands under the light?? Ditto for jewellry...germ thing there. Clothing/uniforms though don't bother me as long as they are clean and tidy.
  5. by   Spidey's mom
    To each their own . . . . life would be pretty boring if we all dressed the same.

    We have one nurse (male) who wears scrub tops that his wife makes and they all make his co-workers and patients smile (Hershey's Candy Bars, Coca-Cola, Vintage Cars). One of our CNA's makes her own tops too and wears Denver Bronco stuff and has recently made a John Deere Tractor top. I've never heard a patient complain. In fact, they love it. Great conversation starters.

    Now, I wear navy pants, white top and a white or navy jacket . . so I'm more conservative.

    I wonder about what the relationship between those of us here who have tatoos, tongue piercings, multiple holes in ears, multi-colored hair and those of us who dislike the "unprofessional" image of printed tops? Do the more adventurous tongue-piercers hate printed tops and think they look unprofessional? Or is it just the opposite? hmmm.
  6. by   mattsmom81
    I can understand pedi nurses wearing the colorful print scrubs for the childrens' sake...it lightens the atmosphere.

    One DON I know mandated the nursing staff to wear whites again. Her reason was is she wanted to recognize the nurses...and wanted the public to know who the nurses were amongst the lab techs, housekeepers, etc...everyone else in the place that also wore scrubs.

    Can't argue with that. No problemo...when I do agency work at this hospital I wear my whites. (minus cap)
  7. by   MishlB
    Originally posted by ladyjane
    i don't agree at all. i do work peds, and wear all kinds of print tops. they are clean , no stains, and wrinkle free. it's the nurse inside the scrubs that makes the impression. if people are shallow enough to not look past that, then sorry. i get complements from parents, grandparents, and other visitors, (all adults i might add) that say how refreshing it is to see something fun on the nurses. just as nurses don't make judgements on the pts. appearance as far as lifestyles, don't judge me on my tigger scrubs. let my professionalism do the talking.
    I don't think it's about being shallow, but I have seen uniforms that looked like hell...I don't care if there are cartoons or flowers or whatever, but they could at least be clean and pressed. (I grew up watching my Dad iron everything and it made an impression on me! Yes, I even use starch...I know, I know, it's the military in me)
    As far as the who wears what...I don't agree with housekeeping wearing the same type of uniform as the nurses, that's all. It just gets confusing.
  8. by   WalMart_ADN
    my neighbor told me once my closet looked like the disney store threw up in it. yes, i have spongebob scrubs. Kick me off the board! i also have tigger and pooh, mickey, tinkerbell, rubber ducks, dinosaurs, turtles, ladybugs, bob the builder, bugs, blues clues, and assorted loud hearts, stars, and other crazy things.

    but the kids just love them.

    and you should SEE my collection of pens.
  9. by   baseline
    Yes, but Wally.....do you WASH them!!! (Just kidding!!! Don't everybody get dysentery!!! )
  10. by   NicuGal
    We have to wear white pants and print tops or jackets. We wanted to go to solids, but the colors we wanted were taken by other departments...the only colors left were this nasty peach and an ugly blue!

    As long as the person looks neat and tidy, who cares what she has on?
  11. by   JMP
    I see the odd nurse with those awful fake nails,with those sparkles or little designs on them.....to me they are a total turn off! Yikes I can only imagine how they harbour germs-bacteria NOT TO MENTION the way they look- unprofessional!

    I wear uniform pants, but often wear sweaters or vests over appropriate shirts-tops. I try to look at what we wear as an extension of ourselves...... professional-clean-responsible.

    I certainly disagree with long nails, unkept hair, too much of anything. I may get blasted for this, but I often look at our ICU doc's and think we should look as professional as they do. They don't prance around in little cute printed tops. I think if we want to be taken seriously AND I DO, then we need to look the part.
  12. by   askater11
    Sheric you sound very upset. Are you okay?

    I think that hospitals are trying certain colored uniforms....only because patients have difficulty telling which are nurses, respiratory, aides, phelbotomy and etc.

    A month ago I worked at a facility where with no dress code. I'm sure the same patient could have me as their nurse in both facilities and both facilities think I'm an equally good nurse (with a uniform or non-uniform)

    I hope that explains things.
  13. by   emily_mom
    Different strokes for different folks and everyone is entitled to an opinion.

    Personally I don't care what anyone wears as long as it is ironed and clean.

    Wally, you work in Peds though ,too, right?