Okay first of all I must be in a mood today...
I don't want to quote anyone but, why do some people still refer to the nurse as "she" and the patient as "he"?
You know that's getting about as old as the history of white uniforms and it is really condescending!
So... Just how many people who think white is so great have actually been told by their employer, "by the way the beginning of next month all the nurses MUST wear white or a lab coat over their scrubs! Thank you, Management"
Do the nurses have a right to complain? Uhh I would say YES! (not that it will do any good but it's nice to be able to vent!) One nurse I work with makes all her uniforms. Her patients all Love the variety and they each had a favorite scrub top! This nurse has so many scrubs that she has made that she can wear a different one every day for probably a year, most hand made! She dry cleans all her uniforms and always looks the epitome of a caring professional regardless of if she has frogs, chile peppers, or John Deere tractors on her scrub top! (and yes I have my eye on that John Deere scrub top!)
Incidentally I have never had a problem with a patient not being able to distinguish that I was the nurse regardless of what color I wore.
Maybe it's because when I have a new patient I go and introduce myself to them and spend as much time as I have with them. My techs also introduce themselves. Everyone in my facility answers call lights. If it's something they need a nurse for they come and tell me and I go to the room and take care of it. Even if the patient "thought" the housekeeper was a nurse in scrubs the housekeeper is not going to bring them a pain pill, I am!
Nurse-Pill, Shots, Tx's Housekeeper-Cleans the room (and does a heck of a job at it)!
I have a lot of patients with mild dementia and they still know the difference! It's really not that difficult for them to figure out!
Oh yeah I did mention before that I have to wear white or a lab coat right?