Those of you who have to buy your own scrubs
, help out a colleague who has only ever used hospital-provided and laundered scrubs. I'm soon moving to the US and I've understood I'll need to invest in scrubs myself.
I understand there are regular and online stores where you can choose scrubs that fit but also comply with unit/hospital criteria. I've read that hospitals define the color, anything else?
How many pairs of scrubs should I buy? Considering that I need to change into clean ones for every shift - if that's not obvious. I'll be working full-time, so 3-4 shifts per week? Do you wash your scrubs at home? Do you wash every day or all at the same time? How do you manage laundry without contaminating regular clothes?
Also, I've heard rumors that there really aren't lockers for your clothes and scrubs, only racks for coats and shoes but is this true? Where do you change if you want to maintain infection control protocol? Where do you store your extra pair of scrubs in case you need it during the day?
Thank you for your insight!