uniforms are killing us - page 5

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   ernurse728
    I totally disagree! I get tons of compliments from patients and their families on my printed jackets. Especially around the holidays when I get to wear all the festive ones. I am still an excellent nurse whether I am wearing all white or colored,
    printed tops. I think that as long as you look neat there is no reason that you can't wear fun scrubs.
  2. by   MomNRN
    Thank God I live in America - freedom of choice! I love all of the new scrub choices, they are cheery and upbeat.

    I now work in a setting where I wear street clothes, mostly jeans and a sweater. I miss wearing my scrubs! Somedays I will wear them to work and the kids say, "Hey you look like a nurse!"
  3. by   Tweety
    Originally posted by sjoe

    It's little wonder people (the public, patients, docs, supervisors, AND hospital administrators) think we are a bunch of ditzy airheads, given the combination of our roles on television shows and these kinds of dressing habits that scream "I'm a decorative, silly little thing, not to be taken seriously."
    I understand you point. I'm not saying that a pressed white scrub isn't more "professional". But, are projecting your opinion of nurses on the public. Because I don't think the public thinks that way about us.

    The public may not think of us as "professionals" in the way they do MD's, but not ditzy ecoratives airheads (at least not in my neighborhood). Get a good rapport and relationship with the patients and the families and they will forgive you anything. Be kind, positive and caring (and professional) and they will forgive you anything.
  4. by   Cruiser
    Well, there are two ways to view this I suppose. One would be that the cutsie prints and wild colors make us a little more "human" to our patients or add a little sunshine to an otherwise gloomy and stressful situation. Certainly, no one will mistake us for doctors (thank God!)
    Of course, there is the professionalism thing...I mean, I wouldn't be caught at a dog fight wearing some of the prints that I think are really neat for scrubs...what's up with that? I haven't bought any, however, as I travel and don't want to lug around lots of unusable clothes, so I stick to rather sedate solids.
    I guess I am much more concerned with cleanliness and neatness than prints and colors. It does bother me when nurses have hair hanging down; long, strangely colored nails; piercings anywhere but ears, etc. I think about how our patients much feel having such a person come into their room and do some of the things we do to them...I think it would bother me personally.
    Just a thought...
  5. by   susanmary
    Originally posted by bossynurse
    I donnot think that the public views us as unprofessional because we choose to wear scrubs with prints. Not one patient has negatively commented on it. We send out pt surveys to all discharged patients. They complain about some pretty lame things but never our choice in wear.
    I agree. I wear both solid and print scrubs and I ALWAYS look professional. Can't wait until Monday (St. Pat's!) to wear my Scrubs shamrock top. I'm not into the more "cutsey" prints -- but if other nurses want to wear them -- so be it. If my hospital provided standard issue scrubs, I'd happily wear them. Until then, I go to work knowing that I look the best I can.
  6. by   NsgTiger
    I prefer solid scrubs. If a print is necessary, I think it is best worn on a warm-up jacket (no need to over-do the print).
  7. by   SingingNurse2
    I don't want to wear white because I am "pleasantly plump" and would look the michelin man in them! :imbar

    I think what bothers me more than anything is the fact that non-medical employees wear scrubs to work - what is that about? I think it's really confusing when a secretary or janitor is wearing the same uniform as a nurse.
  8. by   RNAbby7712
    I personally am excited to wear printed nursing tops. As a student nurse, I am sick of wearing white pants and a blue top, I want to express myself.
  9. by   sheanndie
    I like the flexability to choose my work clothing. My tops are mostly printed, sometimes solid. May represent an interest, such as cancer awareness/support. But I always wear white bottoms and totally white sneakers.

    I don't think most patient's care what we wear, as long as we take good care of them and answer their call lights pronto. Several times, I've had patients (ladies) comment on a shirt they like, enjoy that they've not seen a duplicate pattern.

    For those like myself who 'float' from department to department, I'd hate to be buying different uniforms for each floor/department/section that I work in.

    If you have the flexability, I think it's a personal opinion.
  10. by   MrsK1223
    I think if anything the non nurses who are wearing scrubs should have to wear uniforms from uniform companies like they used to...like housekeeping, janitors, kitchen people. Or at least have some sort of identifier on the scrub with their dept of employment like the the above mentioned. So there is no confusion as to who is a patient care giver and who is not. Maybe if we brainstorm we can find a another way to differentiate us nurses from other staff.
  11. by   obeyacts2
    I look at uniforms as way to express individuality. However, there is a limit- I think tatoos, long fancy nails, multiple earrings are out of place, esp if you work in an area that has a more older clientele. If I worked in a clinic that saw lots of teens, the wilder stuff would be great. On the other hand in LTC conservative whites with a simple jacket might be better. To the older generation white screams "nurse". I take issue with non medical staff wearing scrubs tho, it confuses patients and visitors cant tell how staffed the place is (maybe thats the idea?)
    I work in home health and I may be the only visitor a patient has, so I try to wear the bright cheery stuff. My fave right ow has a purple background with bright colored dogs wearing surgical garb and/or stethescopes. Its loud but my pts like it.

  12. by   nursbee04
    ahhh...printed uniforms...I look forward to the luxury of choice. I look like a bloated marshmallow in my school whites. I don't think most pt.'s care what your taste in scrubs are as long as you're a good nurse.
    What really gets me is the perfume. In clinicals I was so surprised at how many nurses wear perfume on the floor, and LOUD perfume, at that. To me, that is a WAAAAYYY bigger crime than spongebob scrubs
  13. by   c.wicks
    Before I became a nurse, not too long ago, a white uniform worn in a healthcare setting represented a professional nurse or perhaps a doctor. It is my observation that most professionals can be identified by their manner of dress or uniform. According to Webster's, a uniform is a "dress of a distinctive design or fashion worn by members of a particular group and serving as a means of identification." It is important to me that the public and the clients that I serve can easily identify me as a registered nurse. Make no mistake, I prefer blue jeans and tee shirts any where else, but when I'm working at the hospital I'm always in white.