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Just told can't wear scrubs to work. Any suggestions?

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by dbabz dbabz (Member)

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At a meeting yesterday, nurses at my small, stand-alone inpatient psych hospital were told we are not allowed to wear scrubs to work. Admittedly, I'm one of the few who actually does wear scrubs, but I find the pockets very helpful for all the supplies I need to carry around (BGM equipment, penlight, pens, scissors-I have a zippered pocket for these.) Also, in the past two weeks, I've: sat on the floor holding the hand of a patient having a seizure; gotten into odd positions several times to give PRNs to patients in holds, knelt beside a patient in code blue and cleaned up and after a patient who had lost control of both bowels and bladder. Don't know how I'll do all of that wearing business casual. I completely understand the logic behind "normalizing" the milieu, but the practical reality is that nursing isn't a "normal" job. Any suggestions for clothing that will fit the business cas requirement while also allowing me to do my job? I should add that we don't have gowns anywhere in the hospital.

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I would say overalls with all the useful pockets they have, but the metal clasps could be too risky if one got lose and was swinging around in a turbulent moment with a patient. But look into carpenter pants or mechanic attire; both would have lots of pockets. 

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dbabz works as a At-home parent/student.

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Thanks! On another post, there was a suggestion for a website called 5.11 Tactical. It's actually intended for gun enthusiasts, but the pants have a lot of pockets, stretch, and maybe could pass as business casual. I think carpenter pants and mechanic pants would be considered leisure casual. The irony is that so many of the employees dress inappropriately, I really thought they were going to go the other way and require everyone to wear scrubs.

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My work "uniform" consists of pants with pockets I can move in (either nice scrub pants or chinos slacks in neutral shades) a long-sleeve top (long cut and roomy for extra coverage and freedom of movement) and a vest or cardigan if it is cold (or if I need more pockets).

It isn't true business casual like I would have worn in my former profession, but seems to work as "business casual for psych unit" and by having a dedicated set of clothing for work so I don't have to think about my outfit being appropriate for work, don't have to worry if it gets ruined, and my actual business casual clothing stays nice.

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dbabz works as a At-home parent/student.

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Just now, verene said:

My work "uniform" consists of pants with pockets I can move in (either nice scrub pants or chinos slacks in neutral shades) a long-sleeve top (long cut and roomy for extra coverage and freedom of movement) and a vest or cardigan if it is cold (or if I need more pockets).

It isn't true business casual like I would have worn in my former profession, but seems to work as "business casual for psych unit" and by having a dedicated set of clothing for work so I don't have to think about my outfit being appropriate for work, don't have to worry if it gets ruined, and my actual business casual clothing stays nice.

Yeah, I actually have a lot of nice clothes that I'd love to be able to wear, but I don't want to ruin them. Think I'll have to invest in a few things as you describe above.

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