Nurses Protest Dress Code Changes

  1. Ordered to wear white, nurses at 15 area hospitals say the new scrubs will accentuate blood stains, reveal undergarments and turn yellow. North Shore LIJ says white uniforms will help patients identify nurses.

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  3. by   FlorenceFrightengale
    I'm going to sound weird here, but I really LIKE having to wear a certain color. It is so much easier to get ready for work, and it does help to identify nurses.

    As for the color white, I had to wear that in school. Nude undergarments work the best (and a tank top under the shirt) and bleach is your friend.

    I agree white isn't the best color but I think patients associate it positively with professional nurses.
  4. by   NurseGuyBri
    I'm going to sound kooky here too. I'm a guy. I wear white boxers (so now you know my boxers vs briefs story) and I LOVE wearing all white. Yes it gets very dirty. Yes, it gets discolored. But something happens when you wear all white. Try it. You start feeling the part a little more. You will be immediately sought out. FAMILY MEMBERS TREAT YOU DIFFERENT.

    When I got into management I stopped wearing scrubs and started wearing nice slacks, shoes, tie, etc. (and no, I don't wear ties much). Family members and angry patients responded better to me than when in any old scrubs. There is more of an internal transformation and you start to respect yourself more and act more professional. I know you think I'm crazy; to think that a simple white uniform can do this- but it can, and it does!

    Now I don't mandate dress code in my facility. Why? It's just too difficult to get going and I don't want to kill morale because I know of the initial backlash. I'm coming up with a plan, though. Either way, I think it's a great idea.
  5. by   eatmysoxRN
    I personally would hate being restricted to any color, but especially white. The only color I'd dislike more would be yellow.

    ~ No One Can Make You Feel Inferior Without Your Consent -Eleanor Roosevelt ~
  6. by   NurseLatteDNP
    I am pro one color scrubs for several reasons. But I do believe nurses should be able to vote their color. We went with black.
  7. by   Ruby Vee
    I agree with the line in the article that says professionals ought to be able to choose their own dress. Color coding employees doesn't improve customer service -- "customers" will still ask the housekeeper for a glass of water and the nurse for more toilet paper. A lot of hospitals are going this way these days, and I think it's a way to "put nursing in its place" when we've gotten "too uppity."
  8. by   MrChicagoRN
    Many hospitals have discipline related uniform colors. The problem I see is that some colors, the dark blues, grays, etc can be depressing.They only have to wear white tops, not pants, according to the article. I really don't like the monochrome look of scrubs, and would like to see more 2 toned uniforms.
  9. by   BSNbeDONE
    We mix royal blue, black, and white....any combination EXCEPT all black.
  10. by   FurBabyMom
    I've done it both ways. My first job as an RN was a free for all in terms of attire - only certain colors were prohibited, and it had to be with good taste (very liberal). The only t-shirts we could wear were hospital approved attire (unit specific, volunteer day event shirts etc).

    My job as a PCA/SNA/CNA was a color coded by job uniform policy - hunter green for unlicensed assistants caring for patients in an inpatient setting, navy for RNs, no printed tops, white/black/grey shoes, and white or grey undershirts/long sleeve t-shirts for staff that wanted to wear them. As a PCA/SNA/CNA the only time we could wear anything not technically uniform - was on game days we could wear a tasteful shirt promoting the teams at the university I worked at, or on weekends or holidays we could wear a medical center shirt - those were the only exceptions. My second job as an RN was just like that with slightly different colors (no sports related shirts but medical center approved t-shirts could be work with uniform pants). Now, (again) I'm an RN at a university hospital. We have a color coded dress code by job title. I work in a procedure area where I wear hospital issued scrubs. My choices for education days outside of my department are: business casual (just like for orientation), ceil blue or black, and my hospital issued scrubs. Staff at our hospital can wear hospital approved non-uniform shirts including unit specific shirts (we have some really cool designs from some of our inpatient units), medical center shirts, and shirts like for the fundraising program for our children's hospital etc.

    To the original poster - everywhere I've worked (as an assistant and as an RN, and all of the clinical facilities I had clinicals at as a nursing student), if you got body fluids on you, you were suppose to change into hospital issued garb and not continue to wear the soiled clothing. Yeah, white would show stains more, but I think that says more about the person's inability to keep their garments clean (hydrogen peroxide does wonders to remove blood stains FYI). Here and I thought the nurses would be upset because white is so non-flattering.
  11. by   MunoRN
    When women wear all white people think "Nurse", when men wear all white people think "mental institution orderly".

    I think if patients could only pick their Nurse out of a lineup based on their scrub color then there's a problem. Shifts should start with "Hi Mr/Mrs____, I'm_______, your Nurse today."
  12. by   psu_213
    I agree with those that have said color codes mean nothing to patients. I have worked/done clinicals/been a visitor at various facilities. The various required colors for RNs at those facilities: white, cranberry, navy blue, ceil blue, some combo of the preceding, and "anything goes." Needless to say, patients are not going to remember what color a nurse wears at a given facility.

    However, I do like the color codes within one facility. No matter to what unit I go, I know the nurses will be in one color, aides/tech in another, respiratory in another, radiology in yet another, etc. For example, when I transport a pt to a given unit, I know when a person comes into the room if they are a nurse to whom a can give report or not. I know if they are respiratory to set up the vent. Etc, etc. I do not look at it at all as an attempt to show employees their place or to make sure we know the pecking order.
  13. by   wooh
    I think if I worked for a place that instituted all white, I'd stage a revolt where we all wore white, and all looked like huge slobs with stains all over our clothes. And I'd do stains like chocolate, so the patients would wonder what I had all over my clothes when I walked in the room.

    All one color, fine. But make it navy or some other color that's not completely impractical.
  14. by   imintrouble
    There's going to be an argument from somebody, no matter what color you choose. I like white, but I don't care one way or the other. They're just clothes for work.