Why Whites ? - page 3

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   NicuGal
    We wear whites with print jackets or tops. I hate the white pants...we have to go for deliveries, etc, help with messy procedures, have babies spit up, poop and other nasty things on them. And the hospital doesn't launder them....I don't want to be bringing those cooties home with me! I strip down in the laundry room and have a separate basket. We have many areas that wear colored scrubs....and that color tells you which department they work in. Our previous DON wanted whites and we hate them in the NICU! And don't tell me to wear a gown...we don't get gowns unless there is an isolated kid! Cost containment ya know! LOL Whites wouldn't be so bad if people would remember what type of UNDERWEAR to wear under them! LOL
  2. by   GPatty
    Now~ I have to agree with that. How about RN's wear one color, LPN's another, housekeeping and dietary yet another? Pts wouldn't be as confused, and we could wear what we wanted to! That is a good idea.....
    PS. (I still wanna wear my white when I graduate.....)
  3. by   RoaminHankRN
    How about using name tags(with picture), introducing yourself and for floor nursing, use the greaseboard that has who your nurse and tech are.

    Or maybe we should come up with jerseys like in sports with your hospital logo on front, and your name on back with a number. (We should get the low numbers like a quarterback as we tend to run the show
  4. by   All41
    Different jobs create different needs and clothing is a big one. I have worked in units where you do look like pig-pen at the end of your shift (if not the first hour). The greater importance here is the professionalism of the staff, name badge and patient rapport. Regardless of opinion, we should be allowed to raise the issues for change without being summarily dismissed. Nursing is a science and science does not improve without change.
  5. by   deespoohbear
    I live in a rural area with very hard water. Trying to keep my whites looking white is a real challenge. I have a water softner, an iron filter, use OxyClean and still my white pants turn yellow after just a few months. I hate it! The nurses on our floor wear white pants and can wear either white tops or any kind of scrub tops. I wish the hospital would provide the med/surg staff with scrubs like they provide for ER, ICU, and OB. I get into just as much yucky stuff as the ICU!! There are days I come home and look (and feel) like I have been through a war zone! If the hospital would provide us with uniforms that would be laundered on site it would cut down on a lot of potential infection control issues. I know that a snowball would have a better chance in Hades than our hospital providing scrubs for us.
    I always introduce myself to my patients and their families at the beginning of the shift as the RN taking care of them. Our CNA's are pretty decent about introducing themselves as the nursing assistant. I only have one CNA on my shift that tries to overstep her boundaries and tries portray herself as a nurse. Of course, administration has done nothing about this situation even though they have been notified several times by the nursing staff and the families. Go figure.
  6. by   Ekaye
    I am an agency nurse. Since I go to different hospitals with different dress codes, I find it easier to wear white. I've walked out of a room after introducing myself, to hear someone comment on my whites. Yes they are harder to clean and show stains,but alot of patients are more comfortable with white.
    I know the studies that show that people see and are calmed more by colors. After 25 years of nursing I'm still proud to know I earned the right to wear white. Of course I earned the right to wear a cap also, but lets not even think about going back to that;-}
  7. by   KeniRN
    Working in peds, many of the patients are staff-phobic, especially to those wearing white. Our staff tend to wear more colorful or cartoon prints, sometimes even street clothes (casual-not scrubs attire). In this situation I agree with the very visible ID tag (w/name and title) AND introducing oneself to all your patients. I have worked in adult institutions and each unit is "color coded" with a particular ensemble. Throughout the hospital the PCTs and PCAs (pt care techs and aides) wear green scrub tops & white pants. Then each unit's nurses all wear the same patterned top and same solid colored pants. Then not only can they be identified as nurses but also what floor they work.
    I personally prefer whites. However, my pts are much more cooperative if I am sporting Blue's Clues or Winnie the Pooh.
  8. by   live4today
    Speaking of nursing hats.... I don't know for the life of me what happened to my nursing hat!

    I enjoyed dressing to the "T" in my white uniform with hat to boot during my student clinical days, and for a couple of years following graduation. Then, I started working in hospitals that allowed their nurses to wear colorful scrubs, and I started really digging that too. So, I'll just go along with the flow of each hospital's policies on the nursing dress code. Either way, I'm glad to be alive and working in my chosen field! Once I get back into it, that is! :chuckle
    Last edit by live4today on Mar 4, '02
  9. by   Andy S.
    I love my colors, patterns, animals, and weird prints (planets, flying pigs, rubber duckies, etc). I don't feel that my patients get confused on who their nurse is, I introduce my self at the start of shift. Not only that I am in the room all the time, how can they possibly forget that annoying nurse? LOL

    Seriously, I got a pin at graduation. If you will, that is my badge of honor. I own one pair of white pants and I got for nursing school (they haven't been worn in over 3 years).

    I always say there is a reason I was born in this generation, I do not and will not every wear white. (oooo that sounded grouchy, I probably need sleep!)

  10. by   Agnus
    It's getting close to time to buy new uniforms. I am considering all white.

    When I do wear white now I get a very positive reaction from EVERYONE. Many feel you get more respect.

    Sure it shouldn't matter. But we all know what you wear does matter. If it didn't we'd show up for dates, job interviews, etc in our grubbies. We don't do that. We dress our best because it does matter.

    Whites can all be thrown in the same wash load. Can be bleached regularly (gets rid of stains cooties etc). Are mix and match. It's a no brainer to deside what to wear at 5 a. m.

    Colors and prints are great for peids. But I'm working with adults. Who seem to understand white is nurse. I wear my name badge. Do you realize how many people don't read it? I introduce myself. They forget, or just are not cognisent. White is understood even by the confused.

    Gee I think I just talked myself into it.
  11. by   nursy_ann
    At nursing school it is required to wear white....also at the hospital where I work all the nurses wear white except the suprevisors...who are in blue! Always wanted to know why! they really want to show they are different from us? lol
    No seriously there's no reglementation according it but it is as well.

  12. by   Josefin
    Originally posted by RoaminHankRN
    Funny, no one has mentioned a couple of things. First what year is it? Second, what about NAME BADGES? How many times do you see people without them or ones you can barely read. My feeling is to have a badge that identifies your picture, name and title, CLEARLY. And to act professional. Who cares what color scrubs you wear. Look at MD's. Did not at one time they wear white jackets and carry a little bag. Times change. I could be wrong, but you'd be hard pressed to find nurses of the younger generation willing to wear hats and some of the silly uniforms you had to in school. That is where it should end. As a house supervisor, we wear white. Does it make me more recognizable or feel more professional?
    What about surgery staff, OB and peds. Heck most pysch nurses wear street clothes. And then what about administration? There are all levels of nursing. Some with patient care, some with out. You can't standardize it all.

    Also as a male, my personal thoughts about whites... no thank you.

    Just my thoughts

    Go Hank! I totally agree with you!
  13. by   Josefin
    Just a question: Do you pay for your uniforms yourself? And for washes too? It seems like that from some of your postings. What is it like in UK for example?

    In Sweden you just pick clothes in your size in the "workingclothes-room". All of the clothes are white (except for in surgical units etc), the same for assistant nurses, RNs, students and doctors. Of practical reasons most RNs wear all white, but many doctors only wear a coat. (I wonder why?!) We can choose between trousers, shirts, dresses, jackets and coats. When the shift is over you just throw them in the laundry-bag, put on your street clothes and are off...