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How often do you wear a set of scrubs

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Specializes in Tele. Has 2 years experience.

I was wondering how much scrubs I'd need to buy. How much pairs do you have? Do you wear different scrubs every day, alternate every other day, or wear one pair for a week then change? Do you switch tops and pants? I'm sure it depends how busy you are and which department you work in but I'd hate to do laundry every couple days.

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 15 years experience.

I have Monday through Friday off, and work weekend double shifts on Saturdays and Sundays. I have about 10 to 15 tops, and about 15 bottoms. However, a few of these pieces do not fit properly due to weight gain, so I stick to my favorites that fit comfortably.

I would venture to say that you'd need at least 4 to 5 tops and 4 to 5 bottoms.

I own about 6 pairs of scrubs and change them every day. I also wear a shift underneath them and I change that every day too. I work 3 days a week so I do not always have to do laundry but once a week.

purple_rose_3

Specializes in Intensive Care and Cardiology. Has 6 years experience.

I work 3 days a week and I have probably about 9 sets so scrubs, so I don't have to wash them that often if I don't want to.

Dolce, RN

Specializes in Day Surgery, Agency, Cath Lab, LTC/Psych.

I have tons of scrub tops and pants. Unfortunately for my pocketbook I like to shop....

There are cheap/discount uniform retailers on the internet. I find that it is way cheaper to buy online rather than going to your local uniform store. Probably you are going to need about 5 outfits. Believe me, you don't want to wear the same scrubs more than one day.

canoehead, BSN, RN

Specializes in ER. Has 30 years experience.

It seems yucky to me to wear scrubs more than one day. I recommend enough to get through two weeks, plus bring a set to keep in your locker. You never know when you will be puked or bled on and have to ditch a set.

suzy253, RN

Specializes in Telemetry/Med Surg.

I have tons of scrub tops and pants. Unfortunately for my pocketbook I like to shop....

There are cheap/discount uniform retailers on the internet. I find that it is way cheaper to buy online rather than going to your local uniform store. Probably you are going to need about 5 outfits. Believe me, you don't want to wear the same scrubs more than one day.

Ditto here--I have lots of scrubs as well. And I wouldn't wear the same pair the following day. Yuck. I get mine from the Internet as well. Have you seen some of Peaches new fall line?

catslave

Specializes in LTC/SNF. Has 5 years experience.

For infection control purposes, you need a clean set of scrubs daily. I keep an extra set in my car just in case.....

I shop for scrubs online. Though a bit pricey - Sassy Scrubs has some really unique prints and you can get pants in prints too.

bill4745, RN

Specializes in ICU, ER. Has 15 years experience.

I never wear scrubs more than one shift-yuck!. I never work more than 2 in a row; I have two sets of nice Aviator scrubs. I keep an old set of scrubs along with socks and underwear in my locker just in case I need to change mid-shift.

RNperdiem, RN

Has 14 years experience.

I work once a week, and own 2 scrub pants, 3 tops and a jacket. You have to put on a fresh set of scrubs every shift please! Laundry for scrubs is not hard, they are wash and wear, no ironing required, no dry cleaning. Few jobs have the work clothes issue this easy.

I am a shopoholic so my closet has more scrubs in it than every day clothes. I change them on a daily basis. Who knows what gets on them. I wash clothes daily but that is because of five in the family. I usually rotate my scrubs. As I get tired of wearing some, I put them in the back et pull others forward.

cappuccino

Has 15 years experience.

I have enough to last the week. So approximately 5-6 of each-tops and pants. Also some jackets for cooler temps........

vampiregirl, BSN, RN

Specializes in Hospice. Has 11 years experience.

Obviously, it depends on the uniform guidelines where you work, but where I work we can wear any colors (except for red, white or light pastels). I usually buy my pants in basic colors and then look for fun print tops that go with these colors. I usually spend a little more for quality pants because I have fewer pairs (enough for a week of work plus a couple extra). Many of my tops are seasonal, but almost all of them were very inexpensive. For example, I shop for my Halloween tops in December or January when they are on clearance. It takes a couple years to get a collection built up, but that really has kept costs down for me.

Another poster had a great suggestion to keep a change of underwear and socks handy. I can't tell you how many times especially the extra socks have come in handy (shoes you can wipe off with a disinfectant, but not socks).

Good luck:)

bigsyis

Specializes in ER, Occupational Health, Cardiology. Has 24 years experience.

I wear them daily. We have two colors, red and navy. I have 5 sets of each. That way I can alternate them, and in the event I am busy and can't do laundry it isn't that big a deal for a while.:chuckle

Also, if you do the unfortunate thing of washing and drying a pen with your scrubs, not all of them will be affected, and you still have something to wear. I did that, just a couple of weeks ago.:imbar

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