Old fashioned nursing uniforms - page 2

What do you all think of this........... The Private hospital I work for is wanting to bring back the white dress and the nursing cap, as they believe that that is the reason that nurses have lost... Read More

  1. by   canoehead
    White and dresses instead of slacks is impractical.

    Caps- just plain stupid.

    But if they want a dress code to eliminate scrubs that people consider unprofessional...I suppose that's their choice. How about just solid color scrubs, with large pins identifying position (2" square with a big RN on them) along with the regular ID badges.
  2. by   howie122832
    Originally posted by RN from OZ
    What do you all think of this...........

    I know that we have higher physical and verbal assult statistics than the police force, and visitors treat us like crap, but I do not think the cap is going to change all that much.

    Maybe you could use the cap as a self defense weapon.... just whip it right at them... If it is anything like mine, it could decapitate them right quick ... if your aim is good!
  3. by   hairbear73
    hi all, i say we get the anf to stand up for us on this one. scrubs are the go!!!!!! i know i'd definately fight for them.
  4. by   Rav_810
    I would love to wear the scrubs uniform in Oz. I had a laugh about the skirts and dresses comment, when somebody said just imagine men wearing them!!! I'm male and have hairy legs, i think you would you would see cases of nausea and vomiting rising!!!
  5. by   joannep
    Caps are not the answer. I have a photo of my training group (from long ago) on the wall and we are all wearing caps of course, and yes, they were a major nuisance.
  6. by   gwenith
    Worse yet bring back the veils! Yep! in the late 70's/early 80's we Aussie nurses were still wearing paper veils! I had to wear one (Oh Gods! I am letting my age slip!). They took off like a kite in a moderate breeze, had permanently curly corners from wiping them out on doorways. I would catch them on the curtains as I walked through but the worst was doing shoulder lifts. If you weren't careful the veil would fall over your face while doing the lift and become trapped under the patient's behind. After you had managed to pull your head out ripping hair away from the pins holding the darn veil in place you then had to retrieve the now squashed veil from under the patient. I was always afraid I would get it back complete with skid marks!

    In a more serious vein - contact the QNU about the correlation between wearing dresses and back injuries. The research is very convincing. Take that to the hospital and they will soon drop the idea of a return ot the old dress codes amid visions of increased workers compensation claims.
    Last edit by gwenith on Apr 23, '03
  7. by   Disablednurse
    By the time you get the cap securely pinned to your head you have a horrible headache that does not let up until you take the miserable thing off.
  8. by   Scotty
    I worked in Oz for a year (Perth and Sydney). Could not believe I had to pay for the priviledge of wearing the bank clerk corporate stuff. Now I'm back in the UK where I get the white dress for free (thankfully not the cap). I wore cherokee scrubs when I worked in Bermuda. I'd pay big bucks to wear cherokee scrubs again.

    I'll believe I'm respected when I'm paid megabucks and not patronised. The white dress and cap are not the way forward.
  9. by   sehbear
    Oh my God!
    I cannot believe this.... i don't believe that we have lost repect in the community. every year one of those "who do you trust the most" surveys comes out and nurses are always in the top few professions that people trust. of course the multi cultural nature of our community may have allowed the view of nurses to change i still think that we have the majority of the communities respect.

    Who wants to wear a cap? how can we progress as a professional body, become practioners and the like if we are wearing caps!
    If we aren't allowed to wear scrubs - which i believe some areas should automatically be allowed to wear - then stick to corporate - which at least then we have half a chance of looking professional!
  10. by   ozziern
    As a male nurse I don't think the world is ready to see me in a white dress and cap. Seriously, The public needs to be aware that nurses and nursing have comea long way since the 1950's
  11. by   RN from OZ
    Oh I'm sure the public thinks we are trust worthy still but its the way they treat us now who ever listens to the nurses ? we had a Doc once who told his interns " don't worry about reading the black writing thats just the nursing notes " !!!!!
    then the disregard of visiting hours and quite time...then then the abusive families of the elderly who do not believe you have another 6 patients besides their granny to look after in the day
    I do not believe caps are the answer but I do believe we have a problem
  12. by   healingtouchRN
    The caps & ortho shoes will do ONLY IF the docs put that shiny thing on their heads, you know, that has a hole in it, (I forget what it's called)....& when pigs fly!!!!!!!!!!!hahahaha:roll
  13. by   Tookie
    I trained with the white uniforms and caps and then the veil - l do not miss them as such - however for our aged residents they do tend to get confused when they cant sort out the nurses from the cleaning staff etc - l am not advocating the old whites but there are times when l think they have a place - l know for some older people it instills confidence that you are the right person for the job!!
    BTW there is no way l would get out of my slacks if l was back on the floor - not a pretty siight - I also have some fond memories of my days in myveil - we had to starch and iron them - one place l worked they looked like butterflys tking off - a work of art

    We also used to make a comment about some fellow workers who once they graduated and began bosing aournd others that they had veilitis

    Over all l agree with the opinions about respect and that a uniform does not a nurse make - but l think we need to consider some way of standing out as who we are in the medical system