Do you wear open toed shoes as an NP?

  1. Just wondering. I know some people are very passionate about no open toed shoes, and others wear open toed shoes all the time. Looks like OSHA says- if you're in an area where you can expect to have anything fall on your toes wear closed toed shoes.
  2. Poll: Do you wear open toed shoes as an NP?

    • yes

      7.69% 1
    • no

      92.31% 12
    13 Votes
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  4. by   sirI
    Thread moved to NP forum.
  5. by   Oldmahubbard
    I don't, because I have old lady feet. Also, I am in LTC.

    Otherwise I would have no issue with it.

    There must be hundreds more relevant issues for NPs, most of whom do not work in an acute setting.

    That being said, sadly I have seen a few NPs try to wear various "sexy clothes", and sometimes covered up with the proverbial white coat in a ridiculous manner.

    If you are not required to wear steel toed boots on your job, which seems unlikely as an NP, the odds of your footwear in any situation protecting you approaches zero.

    Do you always wear a seat belt?

    Much better question.
  6. by   traumaRUs
    I wear scrubs and tennis shoes.
  7. by   Jules A
    Mmmmm I might like a job where I could wear fancy shoes, sounds cushy, lol.
  8. by   BCgradnurse
    I will sometimes wear flat sandals in the summer if I don't have procedures scheduled. Nothing sexy, no high heels. I can't walk in them anyway.
  9. by   AutumnBlaze
    I am inpatient, so I either wear tennis shoes or flat clogs.
  10. by   adventure_rn
    Lol, I used to volunteer in an ED where one of the old-school MDs would wear black Teva sandals with black dress socks every shift (as though he thought we couldn't see through is *sophisticated* camouflage). Every time we got a patient who was bleeding profusely all over the floor, I couldn't help but shake my head.



    I don't know if you're employed by a practice, but I'd defer to whatever your policy says. If it doesn't specify and you feel comfortable then go for it, but it doesn't seem to me like a hill worth dying on.
  11. by   mep7296
    I worked in a primary care office and it was not allowed because of OSHA rules.
  12. by   RunNP
    Not often, but once in a while when I have only clinic hours with no procedures scheduled or on admin days I will dress up a bit and wear the heels or sandals. I have scrubs, tennis shoes in my office in case things change or most likely I spill something on myself (it has happened twice).
  13. by   cayenne06
    I wear closed toed shoes. My job can occasionally get a bit messy even during a routine office visit, and I also do a *lot* of procedures. However I think open toed shoes are appropriate in most outpatient settings.

    Kind of related, but not really- I got myself these nice khaki shorts, very tailored and professional looking. Almost capri length but not quite. I love them, but I feel hinky about wearing them to work! Skirts are fine, but shorts? That seems weird. But it's not any different than wearing skirts without tights, which i definitely do sometimes. Right?

    I need someone to tell me it's okay for me to wear my nice new shorts haha. With my closed toe shoes of course
  14. by   GoodNP
    Quote from cayenne06
    I wear closed toed shoes. My job can occasionally get a bit messy even during a routine office visit, and I also do a *lot* of procedures. However I think open toed shoes are appropriate in most outpatient settings.

    Kind of related, but not really- I got myself these nice khaki shorts, very tailored and professional looking. Almost capri length but not quite. I love them, but I feel hinky about wearing them to work! Skirts are fine, but shorts? That seems weird. But it's not any different than wearing skirts without tights, which i definitely do sometimes. Right?

    I need someone to tell me it's okay for me to wear my nice new shorts haha. With my closed toe shoes of course
    I totally understand your reasoning, but imho even "long shorts" are not ok for work.
  15. by   cayenne06
    Quote from GoodNP
    I totally understand your reasoning, but imho even "long shorts" are not ok for work.
    See, I knew it! My hinky feeling was right.

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