different reasons for why we are not allowed to wear scrubs

  1. I know a lot of nursing schools still require nursing students to wear those horrible bandmaster poplin uniforms. We recently convinced our faculty to let us change to red scrub tops with black scrub pants; those are our school colors. After the change, and after uniforms were already purchased "some concerns were voiced" by students and faculty and the uniform was changed to either black or white pants. HA! Like any nursing student will choose to wear white pants if he/she has a choice. Anyway, we finally dug up the reason for the **change** supposedly those are gang colors... I guess there's a real problem with the Latin Disciples infiltrating the ICU nurse population LOL
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  3. by   WDWpixieRN
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    Like any nursing student will choose to wear white pants if he/she has a choice.
    We get to wear dark green as it is a school color, but our instructor did point out that white had one distinct advantage -- you can bleach them if they get stained. That was an interesting perspective from an experienced RN!!

    As for the gang colors, I would imagine there are areas of the country where you wouldn't want to stop in your scrubs to grab milk or run in to WalMart if you were wearing colors that could be perceived as gang-related. The school is probably trying to alleviate any liability issues since people will sue for any reason these days!!

    Congrats on the change in uniform policy!
  4. by   jov
    Quote from wdwpixie
    As for the gang colors, I would imagine there are areas of the country where you wouldn't want to stop in your scrubs to grab milk or run in to WalMart if you were wearing colors that could be perceived as gang-related.
    um... there might be... but not here, not in DeKalb, Illinois
  5. by   IrishIzCPNP
    My school still wears the lovely all while uniform. I like the idea of a more normal uniform but in a sense I also have to admit to liking the idea of a uniform. A scrub top and scrub bottom, even with a required color, just doesn't seem like a uniform. I went to Catholic school and honestly look back and think those uniforms were nice too. I know I'm probably the minority. I tried my uniform on the other day and felt a sense of pride.
  6. by   Hairstylingnurse
    I loved it when we finally got our white scrub bottoms and teal tops, I felt I had really joined the nurse race with my (really)bright white shoes & pants. I hate it when you can't tell the difference in nurses, janitors, and kitchen workers. To me the white bottoms should be nurses only .

    The one bad thing that may come of the black is if it's the material that draws lint from towels, sheets & blankets. I hate how you can see hair and everything on black.
  7. by   BensMom
    Our school colors are black and gold. Our student scrubs are black tops and bottoms. And to top it off, the logo says "BS Student". So far no one except my own mother has commente on the outfit or the logo.
  8. by   todell80
    Our uniforms are white pants, any brand so long as they are not too tight, too loose, too short, or too long (which is impossible by the way). Also, bright blue mens tee shirts that are too big on the shoulders and too tight at the hips, and a stupid white vest that apparently only 2 other schools in the entire country use, so they are backordered until the end of September sometime. It is ugly, not flattering to anyone, and since we can't get the vests until after clinicals are scheduled to start, I don't know what they are going to do in the meantime. Also, we have two men in our class, and they get to wear plain scrub tops, either in blue or black. Its doesn't make since to me why the guys get different uniforms, since the vests are not feminine looking at all, and its not like scrub tops are masculine. I don't see why we can't just all wear the same thing, but so far they don't seem to care what I think.
    ~t
  9. by   caba35
    Guess you gotta scream by your uniform "I'm a student!"
  10. by   daisylizzydog
    I also have to wear the all white uniform. Like one of the other posts stated that she likes the all white, so do I. I am from the old school also. You can no longer tell who is the nurse, CNA or the janitor. A nurse should wear white. When I graduate we will vote on wearing all white or not. I hope that we all are proud of our color and will look like true nurses when we graduate.
  11. by   IrishIzCPNP
    I would love to see a requirement for RNs to wear either white pants with any color top or a white top with any color pant. I had a rumor that the hospital where my school is based is considered one of the above options. They are also considering the cap...which I think is a nice idea to be honest. They did start red name tag holders for the RNs. I just think with everyone wearing scrubs these days it's important for the RN to stand out from EVERYONE else. When somebody comes into my hospital room I would like to know who they are and if at the very least I can easy figure out they are an RN I would be very happy. And if hospitals had a rule for the RN it would be real easy to know that somebody coming in isn't an RN.
  12. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    I'll wear a white shirt any day, but any job that requires white pants would be a job i'd either turn in my notice for, or wouldn't even apply for, because of a personal issue.

    The cap looks lovely on my bookshelf next to my student's nametag, where it'll stay.
    Last edit by Marie_LPN, RN on Sep 2, '06
  13. by   prmenrs
    "....I guess there's a real problem with the Latin Disciples infiltrating the ICU nurse population ...."

    Well, think about this scenario: a GSW comes in, gang related, the victim and/or his friends wake up to see you wearing black and red. Particularly bad if your ethnicity, age and sex matches that of the gang.

    I wish I had a picture to post to show our student uniforms: medium blue dresses w/stiffly starched collars and cuffs (@ least they were short sleeves), a stiffly starched white pinafore w/crossed straps in the back, came to about 2-3" below our knees, white hose, white shoes, and, of course, a cap. We also had a medium blue sweater and a navy blue cap w/gray lining.

    The 2 guys in our class had white cotton outfits--they looked like dentists or maybe ice cream men. On the plus side--the hospital did the laundry. Or @ least most of it.

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    Last edit by prmenrs on Sep 2, '06
  14. by   StudentNurseAbby
    My is all white scrubs. Lovely see thru pants, so attractive when all of the world can see your behind. lol

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