Concerns over patient confusion spawn small movement back to one-color nurse uniforms

  1. What nurses wear has become a hot issue in recent years as hospitals in Georgia, Texas, Illinois and other hospitals around the country have started to ditch the colored and decorated scrub tops to return to the white uniform.

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  3. by   hypnotic_nurse
    They just want to make sure nurses really won't take a lunch break at work -- for me, at least, any meal I eat in the short time alloted would wind up on the white uniform.
    Not to mention other stuff!

    I DID like the idea of the big RN patch.
  4. by   KimmieNEAL
    Quote from hypnotic_nurse
    They just want to make sure nurses really won't take a lunch break at work -- for me, at least, any meal I eat in the short time alloted would wind up on the white uniform.
    Not to mention other stuff!

    I DID like the idea of the big RN patch.
    The patch is not out of the question. However, going to white is terrible! With all the burn out in nursing (not to mention the nursing shortage) administration should come up with a better solution than that. The uniforms are a way of expressing your individual personality. Heck, patients are not in the hospital long enough to be "confused" about "who is the nurse" anyway!

    Just my opinion,
    Kim
  5. by   Tweety
    There's a whole generation of us who are used to seeing nurses in scrubs and not white. I understand older folks being confused, but there's got to be a better way. I hate white.

    White is a coffee magnet, and whatever I'm eating magnet. Not to the mention the other things. (to borrow a phrase from above.)

    I think part of the problem is everyone wheres scrubs. Even the secretaries where scrubs where I work. If it comes to lettering on the srubs that's a better idea than white. Yuk to white.
  6. by   weetziebat
    I've got a better idea. Nurses can stay in colored scrubs and we'll just put everybody else in white. See how they like it.
  7. by   Jast
    :angryfire All the Nursing Staff where I work wear white. I don't see what the problem is. Why all this talk about eating? What about cleanliness. When you see a fresh white uniform you have confidence that the nurse is at least clean. Also biological washing powder +/- bleach has always left me with no traces of anything??? Perhaps if uniforms were only work at work and for work there would be fewer problems.
  8. by   Mugwump53
    Working in OB-L&D, I cannot see wearing white. Most places have gone to LDRPs. You have assorted fluids from Mom and Baby that never let you keep your scrubs clean, let alone a uniform. Try as you may, you cannot always predict what will get on you. White accentuates that, and sometimes colors or patterns will at least make it not as noticable as you head for the dressing room again. White was always a dirt magnet. I couldn't have anything in my pockets and slide in front of a desk or med room counter without outlining anything in there.

    I get compliments on my choice of tops, and find that they are not only asthetically pleasing to some, but encouraging and funny at other times. There has never been a negative comment about one yet. I was even complimented on a denim one I wore. The woman said she was happy to see that instead of the flowers or pastels.

    White may have had it's place in the 1940s. We got over it! It does help if the cleaning crew doesn't wear the same thing though.
  9. by   PamRNC
    I've got a better idea. Nurses can stay in colored scrubs and we'll just put everybody else in white. See how they like it.----weetziebat

    I'm with you, let's see how admin looks/feels trying to find all white suits that look good.

    There is no way I could ever keep a white uniform white, and no amount of bleach has done anything to help that except eat holes in my clothes. Scrubs, come in permanent press, can be pressed, and with all the coordinating tops, bottoms and jackets, look so much better than the thin white shirt/pants showing off my undergarments and waiting for me to dump the washbasin full of water so I can join the wet Tshirt contest on my way to a code.

    The people who want all white must all want a peep show, cause most of the fabrics are so thin, I remember being able to pick out the color/pattern of one co-workers panties from about 10ft. :imbar
  10. by   hypnotic_nurse
    Quote from Jast
    :angryfire All the Nursing Staff where I work wear white. I don't see what the problem is. Why all this talk about eating? What about cleanliness. When you see a fresh white uniform you have confidence that the nurse is at least clean. Also biological washing powder +/- bleach has always left me with no traces of anything??? Perhaps if uniforms were only work at work and for work there would be fewer problems.
    The eating crack was a JOKE. Seriously, washing may get out the stuff once you get home -- but what you get on your uniform at work is going to show up. Not only that, but with most of the white pants you had better wear white granny panties or everyone will know what you are wearing (I never will forget my nursing school colleague wearing thong underwear in her white pants -- probably no one else will, either). My clothes are clean and pressed and I look professional. Anyone who wants to wear white, please do! But don't make my choices for me.
  11. by   LPN_mn
    At the facility where I work nurses are required to wear white. We can however wear white pants with a colored top. I have been mistaken for a cna when wearing a printed top (and I was wearing my name tag). I always wear white. I have gotten everything from blood to poop on my uniforms and they always seem to come clean. I think that all nurses should wear white but that is just my own oppinion and everyone has a preference of what they want to wear.
  12. by   BeckyRN2006
    I didn't agree with wearing white until I started nursing school. I see the difference in the client when you walk in wearing white. You look professional and clean. They seem to interact with you better. It has been stressed with us to wear a lab or scrub coat on the way to the facilities to protect our uniform from food/coffee, but also when we leave because our uniforms are "dirty." I enjoy my colorful scrubs, but with everyone from housekeepers to dietary workers wearing scrubs, it is very confusing for patient, families, and even docs.
  13. by   Tweety
    Quote from Jast
    Perhaps if uniforms were only work at work and for work there would be fewer problems.
    Huh?

    I too wasn't horribly serious about getting food and coffee stains on the uniform. And I know how to clean a uniform. White is just so not fabulous. :hatparty:

    Also white implies "purity, angelic, virginal". Wear white at your wedding.
    Last edit by Tweety on Oct 20, '04
  14. by   madore57
    I had to wear 'only white' uniforms when I worked in South Texas. Had I known this before getting down there, I never would have taken the job. The reason they did was because the "doctors" couldn't tell who the Nurses were. I mean....
    Wearing only white sucks - if you can keep a white uniform clean through a shift - you're not working very hard or you're sitting at a desk somewhere!
    Eilleen.

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