Threatened dismissal because of wrinkly clothes :0( - page 8

Hey everyone, I was just trying to get some opinions of an incident that happened to me recently. I was pulled aside by the director of my nursing program, and was told that if I wore wrinkly... Read More

  1. by   BSNtobe2009
    Well, I hate to say it, but I understand the instructor's point.

    She feels that during your Clinicals, you are putting your best foot forward, and if you are coming to clinicals with your clothes looking incredibly wrinkled, what are your clothes going to look like when you actually start your job?

    I personally, am an obsessive ironer, with spray starch. I even do my daughter's clothes. However, I never iron anything until I am ready to wear it. To me, pulling clothes out of the dryer (unless there is synthetic mixed in with the cotton), never looks good enough to wear without ironing.

    If you think I'm bad, you should have tried ironing my Mom's stuff as a kid...she insisted that her uniforms be ironed INSIDE OUT only, and you had to press the seams. She would make me do them over and over again...I used to kid with her and call her "Mommy Dearest" and tell her that I promised not to hang them on wire hangers <wink>
  2. by   Overland1
    Quote from hotdog19d
    ...............but apparently the clinical instructor did, she didn't say anything to me about it,but she said something to the director..............
    Looks like the instructor and the director need to grow up and realize that it would be the instructor's place to discuss the wrinkled clothing with you. If you or the instructor wished to appeal the issue, then the director should become involved, but not beforehand.

    Not saying it is OK to wear wrinkled clothing, but the concern here involves the handling of the situation. Maybe the instructor needs to grow a set and deal with issues personally, rather than punting them off to the next person in the chain of command.

    Unfortunately, there are still too many "educators" who have no clue when it comes to protocol.
  3. by   calledtonurse
    I feel your pain! I had the exact same thing happen to me during clinicals. Nevermind the wrinkles in other peoples' scrubs, I was the one who got called on it. Now, it's a huge joke in our clinical group.

    Since that day, I always iron & starch my scrubs. I will not give the instructors anything they can call me out on. The less you do to provoke them, the more absurd their "instruction" is.
  4. by   Victoriakem
    I found that if you did the little things the nursing instructors wanted you to do, press your clothes, take that big topaz ring off your finger during clinicals, etc, you were ahead of it. It can make or break you in the nursing school game. Just DO IT!:spin:
  5. by   elizabeth321
    There is nothing wrong with neat and tidy...I like the professional approach. You look at other respected professions....they don't look like they just rolled out of bed and neither should we.


  6. by   PANurseRN1
    Quote from km5v6r
    When I was in school the director came to me more then once and mentioned my shoe strings needed to be cleaned. Not the shoes themselves but the shoe strings. My instructors had nothing to do with it. One did suggest I safety pin the laces together and wash them with my uniforms. Yeah right. The director would see me in the halls and nab me. It got to the point that every couple of months I would just completely replace the laces. Trivial, stupid and meaningless but I was attending "their" school and had to go by "their" rules. If your director wants you clothes pressed; then press or quit. While being thrown out a program because of laundry habits is not fair neither is a majority of life or employers.
    This is a true story.

    I went to the old-fashioned 3y diploma hospital based nursing school 20+ years ago. One day my instructor told my my shoelaces (no sneakers back then, you had to wear Clinics or some other sort of nursing shoe) were not white enough and to take care of it by the next day.

    I was so paranoid that I soaked my laces in straight bleach overnight. The next morning I went to pull my laces out of the cup, and had nothing but a handful of mush...the bleach had basically dissolved them. There was nothing for me to do but quick pull out the laces from my sneakers, which of course weren't all nice and white, and put them in my nursing shoes.

    Of course my instructor noticed my less than white laces, so I told her what happened. I thought she was going to die from laughing so hard.
  7. by   PANurseRN1
    Quote from ltg623
    Was this a one time occurence or have you been spoken to before about wrinkles or other issues like this. You do know nurses eat their young right??? Sometimes I thinksome actually chew them up. spit them out and stomp on them for good measure! I hate wrinkles and do iron however taking stuff out of the dryer right when it is done and hanging it up works just as well. At least you don't have to wear white polyester with pin-tucking down the front and a blue striped pinafore.....yeah and oh by the way I am 40 something and it made my rather well endowed chest FLAT....want to talk about pretty ??????
    For God's sake, does every thread have to have an insult to older nurses by repeating the "nurses eat their young" cliche? This is getting nauseating.
  8. by   greatshakes
    I hate wrinkly clothes but I have always been an ironer just through habit. One day though, I turned up to prac as a student and one of the RNs coming onto the shift had a shirt that could only have been dragged out of the dirty wash basket. It was tired, creased and had stains on it, tomato sauce or something but not acceptable. At the end of shift there may be a reason for stains and to look less than immaculate but what message does it send to patients, visitors and other staff to turn up looking sloppy.

    What I really loathe and I do it myself is getting biro marks off the pockets of white shirts. There's nothing worst than paying for a nice shirt and writing all over it. I found when I was signing off meds that the biro'd go in and out of the pocket. I eventually bought a pair of navy slacks with a pocket above the knee for these pens but where did the pen go? Back in the breast pocket. Most of the nursing places have navy slacks and white or darker patterned shirts.
    My last shirt was white and while I kept it clean I still had the dreaded biro marks. Anyone got a solution that really works.?? I have tried hairspray, preen and other things. I really think I need pockless white shirts but I always seem to have things to carry. Glasses are another bugbear, having to get them in and out. Solutions please
  9. by   augigi
    I hang a lanyard around my neck with my pen on it - don't write on my pocket that way!
  10. by   jov
    Quote from hassled
    My last shirt was white and while I kept it clean I still had the dreaded biro marks. Anyone got a solution that really works.??
    geeks use pocket protectors
  11. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    People who are protecting their clothing sometimes use pocket protectors. This can be used to keep the pocket clean on white shirts. They don't have to be clipped on the outside of the pocket to be used.
  12. by   rpv_rn
    This may have been posted already. I didn't read all the postings.

    If you don't like to iron, take out your uniform from the dryer when they are almost dry (very slightly damp), hang on hanger --> no wrinkles.
  13. by   blueheaven
    Do what ya gotta do to get through!! I had miscellaneous issues in my trip through nursing school and it is just a total power trip with some instructors. After you graduate and pass your boards you can