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hospital turning back clock a bit on nurses’ uniforms the state, sc - 19 hours ago ... ago, when almost all nurses were easily identifiable by standardized uniforms,” said sandy summers, executive... Read More

  1. by   anne74
    It might be a good idea to have dedicated nursing uniforms. But just don't make them white. Guys don't want to wear white. Our hospital just institued that, and our nursing uniforms are black pants and royal blue tops with our hosptial insingnia on it. Kind of a weird combo, but it's very non-gender specific, which I think is respectful of everyone.
  2. by   ann945n
    I would love to see a return to nation wide uniforms for the nursing profession, of course update for the times and for males. I think that it needs to be different enough that we are not confused with a CNA or a radiologist. A different color just doesnt cut it its gotta look completely different too! I would be proud to dress as a nurse where everyone knew right away, oh thats the nurse!
  3. by   Anjann
    I've only been working as a new RN for 2 weeks on a unit where we are required to wear all white and have already had my first embarrasing run-in with a pair of flourescent panties with writing on them that my husband had gotten out for me as I was getting ready for work. My bad for not thinking clearer at 5 am! Let's just say that now everyone on the floor has nick-named me by the word that was on my butt all day for the whole world to see! Not to mention that I didn't look in the mirror, and they didn't tell me until the end of the day.

    I really don't like all white, it's too bland and boring, and hard to keep from getting dingy. Yesterday I had a patient tell me he was so tired of seeing all the nurses wearing nothing but white and that it was very depressing and institutional looking.

    I think solid colors coordinated to the job function would be a good idea... I really don't think much of those pattern busy scrubs that look like pajamas, unless they are for PEDS!
  4. by   Gromit
    I happily dress in blue scrubs. They are comfortable -which is nice in a job that has few other comforts -we sweat ourselves silly in isolation gowns for isolation rooms, and spend 12hrs busting our butts doing our jobs. They are durable, and they are inexpensive as far as 'uniforms' go.
  5. by   3rdcareerRN
    I agree with the big bold lettering as a means to ID the roles. I've seen it work extremely well in disaster sites, construction sites, and carrier decks: 6-inch tall letters on either vests or shirts, front and back -- you just cannot miss it. Beats arbitrary colors, and pts. don't have to try to remember whom is who among the dozen different persons they see every day. The key is to make the letters BIG and put them on front and back. Little pretty breast-pocket logos don't work.

    In response to another note: I too, as a male nurse, would quit over having to wear white trousers. It is both the indication of management's mindset and the "unpracticality".
  6. by   AshestoBeauty
    Quote from aquaphoneRN
    Hi, male RN here. No way I'm wearing white pants. Not going to happen. Period.

    Where I used to work there was a male nurse who didn't wear scrubs to work at all. Honestly though, he dressed in a very professionally, tasteful, stylish way, just not a traditional "nursing" way. The was nothing offensive or sloppy about it though.

    One day someone in management said "You're not wearing scrubs . . ." before they could finish he interupted them with "Yeah, I look good, don't I!" End of conversation.
    LOL!!!! I have to laugh because males I work with have the said the same thing. We have an all white uniform policy. The males do where white but they're not thrilled to do so. I wear it but I"m not thrilled about it either. Personally, I'm more concerned with the quality of care. When I take my mother to the hsopital and she has heart issues, I'm more concerned about the skill level of the nurse more than I am with what color she's wearing. You can have a brilliant nurse wearing jeans and a tee shirt and I'll take him/her any day to treat my mother over a nurse who is in all white and doesn't have a clue. Just because you "look" the part doesn't mean you know your part.
  7. by   AshestoBeauty
    To compound the problem is what I call the badge flipping phenomena, people who purposely wear their badges backwards so you don't know what level they are. This is not just a professional issue either, just yesterday during my yearly check up the person who took my demographics, VS, weight, etc was wearing her badge backwards, not just on a lanyard and accidentally flipped over but clipped to her scrubs backwards. I have no clue who or what she was, as far as I know I just gave personal and medical info to housekeeping.


    Pardon my ignorance but why would one intentionally flip their badge. I haven't seen this one. When I was a CNA, I wore y badge proudly. I wasn't ashamed. Now I'll be looking out for this. Why would someone hide what they've worked hard to achieve. Just not getting this.
  8. by   Atl_John
    right on with the badge flipping, I've noticed that a lot amongst the folks on the unit. Nurses, etc, they all do it. Or if they do put it right side up, they willput their time card infront of their ID badge.

    As for the uniforms the problem comes in when you try to decide what color to wear. Some don't like red, some don't like Ceil, some want to have royal blue but only if its not tooooo royal. So HERES a great idea. Nurses wear whatever they want, and everyone ELSE has to have a uniform. That would solve the problems.
  9. by   bubbyb
    I do notice something. The days I do decide to wear all white. The patients love it. I always receive many compliments on how professional I look. I also have been told on numerous occassions, by elderly pts, that it was this way years ago in the nursing community. I don't have a problem with wearing white, but not all the time. The biggest problem I have is it seems as though a lot of nurses do not iron thier scrubs. Some nurses look like they wore thier scrubs to bed. Whatever happened to looking professional. We are professionals! We should look the part as well as act the part!
  10. by   lauron9
    I work in a hospital where the only dress code is no denim and no capri pants. Our nurses, RTs, techs, and housekeepers all wear scrubs. The housekeepers are allowed to wear print tops as long as they wear blue. The nurses on the OB unit had worn just pink and blue scrubs in the past, but that changed at the beginning of the year. I work on the pediatrics unit, so we have a little more creative freedom in our uniforms, such as cartoon prints and cute accessories.

    As far as I'm concerned as long as each staff member introduces themselves to the patient and identifies their role in the patient's care, the clothing that is worn should not be an issue. Our name badges are big enough that our titles are clearly identified under our names. Also, the badges of the peds and OB nurses are pink, which is to alert that parents that unless someone with a pink badge is taking care of their child, they need to question it. And even though staffers do identify themselves, if a patient needs something, they usually tell the first person they see.
  11. by   krisb
    I once worked in a hospital that I needed to wear white scrubs only. It was terrible. The white was get dirty very fast.
  12. by   neneRN
    Hospital I'm at is going to all one color for on colors this week; will be hunter green, ciel, or black- from the majority I've talked to, seems like its going to end up being black...yea, that's what the pt wants to see, all the nurses dressed in head to toe black, a little too morbid, I think.
  13. by   HeartsOpenWide
    What if they just had to stick to a theme? Like baby birds with nests, baby pink and blue for labor and delivery. Hearts and red for cardiology. Blue and clouds for RT. magazines and brown for proctology