Why Whites ? - page 2

On our unit , staff is only allowed to wear whites or a heart pattern top with white pants. Rumor has it that patients find whites more professional. Our staff is wanting the freedom of choice and is... Read More

  1. by   Q.
    See the thread "Nurse Impersonators" and you will see why wearing white wouldn't be such a big sacrifice. That is, until MA programs stop having all white uniforms and "capping" ceremonies at graduation.
  2. by   mattsmom81
    Back when I was a young nurse (long, long time ago, I can still remember...) I wore white. And a smaller version of a Flying Nun-like cap. I do feel there was more respect for nurses in those days, may have something to do with the fact we didn't have all these UAP's and techs of a million colors around. Nurses did most of the stuff then.
  3. by   RoaminHankRN
    I think we would get more respect if we help out our new grads and promote our profession. Have some universal standards across the country. (Like mandatory CE's for every state) And stop the jealousy and gossiping that occurs. The color of our uniforms will not give us respect. Does the LAPD uniform give them respect? It's your attitude and degree of professionalism.

  4. by   Hardknox
    What you wear does not make you an RN. Go into the room, WITH your badge on, introduce yourself as "(Your Name), RN" and act like a professional. Unless they are demented, they'll know who their nurses is.
  5. by   BadBird
    I personally think white makes you look like a student. I prefer colored scrubs, people feel better wearing something fun rather that just plain old white which by the way turns yellow quickly and shows every betadine stain.
  6. by   HazeK
    here is one patient's perspective:

    My mother had a full cardiac arrest and, after being revived, was very easily confused & frightened. In later conversations with her, she said the only time she felt safe was when a man or woman in all white came to her bedside to help her. Otherwise, she couldn't tell the CNAs from the housekeepers from the clerks, because the rest of the staff all work "pick-your-own" scrubs, but all RNs wore only white!

    I know they are a pain in the (*&##$ to keep white but I will always think they look more professional! :-)
  7. by   sharann
    I used to like the White uniforms, but in my facility and others I've been in, nursing students, (lpn,rn) wear all white. Also, CNA students and CNA's wear all white. So does RT and sometimes PT and OT(usually wear white jackets only). Some of the docs dress like they just came from the beach (while others wear $1000 suits, go figure). If we want to return to all white for nurses, is this for RN's, LVN's all licenced nurses etc...? Then what do students wear? They have a hard enough time with their white adjustment. I feel that all in all, a health care professional should look neat and clean, and practice good hygeine (as well as good pt care).
    By the way, our state requires the credentials of the nurse to be a certain size on the badge RN CNA LPN RT all stand out LOUD and CLEAR on our badges.
  8. by   Ariko
    Another vote for a return to whites. They are so professional.

  9. by   135ctv
    I agree that whites (and hats) do look very professional. But I also remember that when I was in the hospital as a small child, nurses in whites and hats looked kind of scary.
  10. by   nursedawn67
    I prefer colored scrubs, nursing students that come into my facility wear white. Besides the residents that live at the LTC facility I work at enjoy the different patterns and colors of the scrubs, and it makes them feel less like they are living in a nursing facility.
  11. by   GPatty
    I personally like the whites. They look professional. I like the caps too. I think I'm the only one in my class who ordered one.....
  12. by   hpyrn
    I always said while I was in Nursing school that I would always wear my cap when I finished. I worked damn hard to wear that cap and I intended to wear it. I never wore it again. But everytime I see it in my closet it kinda makes me sad. I think maybe during nurses week we should all try wearing one day to work and see what kind of response we get-after the laughter I mean. Linda-RN
  13. by   leesonlpn
    I wear white uniforms, my nursing cap, white pantyhose, white shoes, name badge, grad pin, hosp ID. Complete package. It is how I am, it is how I nurse. ALL patients comment to me, everyday, how wonderful is is to see a nurse look like a nurse. How I wear my uniform instills in the patient a sense of security and peace of mind. They can relate to a white uniform and cap. It is none of my business what the other nurses choose to wear. This is how I wish to present myself to my patients. Housekeeping get asked for pain medication. Dietary gets asked to fetch another pillow. The TV attendant gets asked to roll up the head of the bed. And so it goes. Keeping clean is not a problem I have encountered in 22 years. I gown up for any fecal combat I am subjected to.