Professional in scrubs? - page 10

Hello, I just flipped through the April AJN and came across an interesting article r/t history of RN uniforms. An interesting point was made, that although new scrubs are cheaper, easier to take... Read More

  1. by   RNNoMore
    I just thought of something else - a lot of people have said that they prefer print scrubs because they don't show the messes (the 4 P's someone called it, Poo, Pee, Puke & Pus). I'm sorry - but if you've got that stuff on your uniform then you are a walking biohazard and you should change into your spare uniform immediately right? I don't think I would want a nurse caring for me with someone else's puke all down their front....whether it showed or not is not the issue! I agree that prints hide stains better, if any remain after laundering, but aren't disposable plastic aprons provided for the 'messy jobs' anyway? I know that all the nurses in England use them...

    On a different topic - I wouldn't want a nurse caring for me who had long or painted fingernails either....yuck! Just my opinion.

  2. by   StrbryJelo
    Paint, it sounds as if you're British and, not to be rude, you're not in England anymore. I don't wear colors because of the dirt/stain factor, but it is something to consider. I wear them because I got tired of wearing the same thing day in and day out. Try it now. Wear only one color in all your clothes and see how quickly you want to wear something else. Try it for several years and you'll be ready to scream. I wear solid colors as well as prints and have yet to hear a patient or family member make a negative comment to any of us or to administration. Trust me, administration would let us know quickly if this were the case. I've actually had several patients and visitors over the years that have told me they like the colors. And no, I don't work in pediatrics. Sick kids scare me, but that's a dfferent story. As for the docs, I have them making routine rounds, not a crisis visit ( I work in ICU), in 3 piece suits, bibb overalls, boots and cowboy hats, mini skirts, see through blouses, blouses with major cleavage exposed, sweating from working out and in gym clothes, and a few bring their kids expecting us to babysit and allowing the kids into patient areas. The doc "mystique" disappeared for me a long time ago. Wow, we could start several threads from this stuff. I don't have long fingernails, but I do wear big earrings and believe it or not they have absolutely no effect on my nursing abilities. And I've gotten positive feedback on them as well.
    Good luck in school and with your career.
    Last edit by StrbryJelo on Jun 19, '04
  3. by   RNNoMore
    I didn't mean to sound rude, but I only have experience of British hospitals - I've only been inside a hospital once in the 4 years I've been here, and that was only very briefly in the ER (visiting my Dad who had flown over to see us, got bronchitis and got ambulanced to ER because the doctor thought he was having a heart attack...but that's another story). I am certainly not saying that British hospitals are better than American ones (quite the reverse is true, with the NHS being so underfunded for so many years...), but yes, I do think the nurses look smarter (but are probably very uncomfortable LOL!).

    I am only going by what I've read and heard. I've read that many nurses prefer the patterned scrubs because they don't show the messes so much, and I've also read (from my nursing course) that short un-painted nails are preferable but also optional. I don't dislike the patterned scrubs - I just personally prefer the look of a more tailored tunic top (I'm very slim at 5'6 and 110lbs, and the scrubs just hang off me like potato sacks LOL!). I also prefer more practical colours, like navy or burgundy. Having been a Food Microbiologist for 10 years back in England, I have always kept my nails very short, unpainted and very clean. I get the shudders even if my hairdresser has long, fake nails let alone a nurse, and have walked out of a hairdressers before because my hairdresser's nails were dirty - so I was a bit horrified to learn that short nails are optional (on the nursing course at least). I'm not against letting your personality show (I was an art student with green hair and safety-pins through my ears once!), but I do believe that some jobs necessitate a certain degree of moderation, because it's in your clients best interests - same as food preparation workers cannot smoke in the kitchens because it's a hazard - same thing with long nails & lots of jewellery.

    These are just personal opinions on uniform preferences - and that was what was asked for in the original post.

    Best wishes, Paint.
  4. by   jaimealmostRN
    I personally don't like patterned tops either for myself. Whenever I get those Jasco/Life catalogs I always see some cute design but would never buy/wear it. I like how the solids look, but it definatly does limit your uniform "combinations" just wearing the solids. I have always secretly wanted to float to the NICU one day so I would wear Hello Kitty scrubs! The fake nail issue: My school forbids fake nails/tips/acryillyics and so do the hospitals I have worked in (NJ). But in the hospitals (as oppose to school) many get away with wearing the nails b/c due to buget cuts, we no longer have the acryllic/hair in your face police :chuckle
  5. by   StrbryJelo
    Paint, you didn't sound rude. When I said, "not to sound rude", I wanted you to know I meant no offense to you. British nurses do look good, but I've seen some of them in colors & prints also. I understand where you're coming from and you could always wear a print warm up jacket with your uniform for some variety. They're not all little kid prints, but they can be fun and you don't have to work in pediatrics to wear them. As for fingernails....When I started in nursing 27 years ago short nails were required and NO nail polish. Not even clear. This wasn't an aesthetic issue. It was infection control. People started sneaking polish and artificial/acrylic nails in and through lack of follow through on existing policies it became common, if not the norm. Now we're back to the realizaton that even un noticed gaps between the natural nail and the overlays or even micro cracks in the surface of nail polish can, and does, harbor organisms.
  6. by   Kora0880
    Ok so here's my perspective after 4 yrs of wearing high heals and full uniform of a Navy Nurse Corps......yes its harder to maintain it, but noone EVER mistaken me for anything else but an officer and a nurse. Pt's loved it, I loved it and maybe its just me....but looking professional is part of being professional

    Now im back to civilian and not sure I want to wear scrubs........
  7. by   everlasting
    I think it's a good idea to have designated colors for different professions. I know at most hospitals around here, all RN's are in navy or a combination of navy/white. CNA's are in green, respiratory techs in maroon, etc. We have never had difficulty distinguishing the RN's from the CNA's and vice versa. However, at the nursing home that my grandmother is at, you can wear whatever color/pattern of scrubs that you want. I've found it really hard to figure out who the RN's are because everyone is wearing different colors.

    Also, I don't think professionalism comes only by how you dress. You could be wearing the best outfit and be dressed to the nines, but if you don't act like a professional, then you won't be treated like one. It goes the other way as well. I think if you're just wearing plain navy scrubs, but you act in a professional manner, then people will see you as professional.

    I didn't read through all the posts, so I hope I'm not on repeat.