What to wear on a unit where nurses wear street clothes and not scrubs? - page 2

Hi all, I have just been hired for my first job (yay!) I will be working in a psychiatric inpatient unit. The nurses on the unit where street clothes instead of scrubs. This seems to be common for... Read More

  1. by   MrChicagoRN
    Psych units, especially those within general hospitals, are trending towards a more uniform look, whether scrubs, or polls & khaki's, etcSomeone referenced tax deductibility. But IIRC, that only kicks in after 2% of gross income. So, if you make $50,000, that means $1,000 before you save a penny in taxes.A good suggestion is to get a tour of the unit, and dress like they do, but always dress like a professional.
  2. by   Meriwhen
    Some facilities like business casual; others provide a uniform (khakis/shirts) or specific guidelines; others will let you get away with jeans (plain blue or black, not stretch or tight, unripped and unadorned in any way) and a nice shirt. I would ask your specific facility for what is OK with yours.

    And definitely err on the side of conservative...IMO a good guideline is to dress like you are going to church or court. You don't need the three-piece suit or skirt/dress, but don't display the 3 Bs or wear clothing that looks painted on.

    At one job, I can either wear scrubs or street clothing--I wear scrubs even though I'm in the minority. The other, I can wear whatever I want including jeans, so I wear nice jeans and a scrub top because I need the pockets.

    I only deduct my scrubs and the work sneakers (I have one pair that is set aside for work only) on the taxes. I think attempting to deduct other clothing is too much hassle.
    Last edit by Meriwhen on Sep 1, '12
  3. by   Whispera
    As far as deducting what you spend for clothing...I was told by my tax accountant that only things I couldn't wear anywhere but to work could be deducted. So, if I wear business casual, I could wear that other places, so it's not deductible, even if I do spend over 2% of my income on clothes for work...
  4. by   minn1979
    I used to work on a psych unit, that allowed street clothes. I left less than a year ago, and soon after, all of the nurses had to wear scrubs (not only scrubs, but all had to wear the same color). Anyway, prior to that, some people wore street clothes, and others preferred scrubs. I usually wore scrub pants, since I had a bunch from my previous position, along with a solid color t-shirt, and sometimes a sweatshirt if it was chilly. Those were all easy to wash, and low cost as well. I primarily worked on the more acute psych unit, and no way did I want to wear any decent clothes there. The chances of having to restrain someone, or encountering a patient with poor hygiene who needed assistance getting in the shower, were too great to risk ruining or contaminating an outfit. Not to mention, psych patients get sick too, and often have chronic medical conditions. I didn't like the idea of wearing the same clothes I wear elsewhere, to work (even after washing), so I chose not to. See what the other nurses are wearing, and see what your work will entail. Wear what you are comfortable in, and makes you feel the best while doing your job. I will say that as a definite, don't wear scarves, dangling earrings, or other loose jewelry. You don't want to wear anything a patient can yank on. Most importantly, good luck!!
  5. by   Elladora
    We can wear street clothes but I almost always wear scrubs. (I like the pockets and the movement of scrubs better, plus I don't particularly want my regular clothing thrown up on, bled on, etc). When I do wear street clothes, it's usually jeans and t-shirt. Again, I want something I can move in and something that is comfortable. I can't imagine ever wearing a dress/skirt to work for various reasons (fetishism and not being able to freely move in a hold situation being the top two).
  6. by   GeneralJinjur
    We are not allowed to wear scrubs, though I have noticed quite a few nurses wearing the cargo scrub bottoms with regular style tops. I may join in the subterfuge because I really miss my pockets! Women's business style pants have miniature pockets that are terrible for carrying med keys. I have several knit tops from Walmart because I can load up on them for cheap and I don't feel bad if one gets ruined in a takedown.
  7. by   Midwest4me
    Street clothes are common at our psych hospital in most areas. Some RNs still wear scrubs in the geiatric wards. Most RNs, LPNs in the forensic areas wear street clothes(jeans, t-shirts, etc), Clothing from Good Will stores is best since it won't matter so much when the clothes are ripped or shredded or damaged in other ways. Also jeans and t-shirts are best for when taking a patient down to the floor or to the seclusion rooms.
  8. by   Whispera
    I vote for kneehighs and flipflops!
  9. by   fawnsternurse
    I personally prefer to wear my scrubs. I am a travel nurse and the unit I am on wear professional casual attire.
    I love the unit but honestly cant wait until I can wear my scrubs again~
  10. by   pinkfish333
    the best bet is business casual...
  11. by   Meriwhen
    Quote from Whispera
    I vote for kneehighs and flipflops!
    Let's just go for broke and wear pajamas
  12. by   Jayesse7
    I usually wear jeans and sweaters or blouses with a scrub jacket but I have gradually started to wear scrub pants sometimes and t-shirts. I tend to NEED pockets. Where I work it is scold-worthy to wear anything around your neck that can be used to choke you. They don't even like the velcro break-away kind since it can be snatched from behind...so I need deep front pockets for my keys, pens and report sheets. Jeans or casual pants work better than elastic waisted scrub pants for my pager if I'm on the support team. I don't wear skirts or dresses because I can't move well in the event of a struggle putting somebody into restraints or breaking up fights...nurses have to get too involved unless you are in management. Another tip, keep a change of clothes in your locker. I had a patient snatch my shirt once and tore it down the front. I've had grape juice thrown in my face. There's also the dreaded spitters or urine-feces flingers. It's just nice to be able to change if you need to. Not that ANY of these things happen often but I've been in psych for 8 years now and there have been times....
  13. by   Feistn
    HR should be able to tell you definitively, but in my facility (a residential home, not hospital) it's basically business casual. Think non-denim pants and nice-ish tops. We can even wear tee shirts as long as they don't have writing on them. Just not jeans.