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pbstrums pbstrums (New) New Nurse

Specializes in critical care. Has 38 years experience.

My hospital is going to mandate the color and brand of scrubs we (RN's ICU) are to wear. This is apparently because patients want to know who there nurse is. (despite the fact we are all required to wear our identifying badge).We are also told we need to be uniform(no pun intended:)) because we are a magnet facility and magnet hospitals are requiring RN's to wear all the same brand and color. Personally I think this is ridiculous. I thought the magnet philosophy was to give nurses a voice? Since becoming magnet we have no voice, or options and morale has dropped considerably. In times of a bad economy when we are struggling to make ends meet, it is not going to be feasible for nurses to go out and spend money for scrubs and especially ones they do not like. Next we will be told caps are back! Also not everyone has the same shape so many of us will be wearing scrubs too tight or too loose because of the brand we will be required to wear. How professional will that look?? Can you share your thoughts on this? Thank you.

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vashtee, RN

Specializes in DOU.

I understand that many nurses enjoy the autonomy of choosing their own scrubs, but I think it IS difficult for patients to know who is a nurse when everyone wears what they want.

Personally, I wouldn't mind if all our nurses wore one color, so long as it wasn't white. I don't know why it is necessary to dictate brand, though.

FireStarterRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in LTC, Med/Surg, Peds, ICU, Tele. Has 15 years experience.

The RNs and LPNs in my hospital all wear navy blue, except for surgical nurses who wear teal. The techs and unit secretaries wear magenta.

I love it. I can instantly identify another nurse. I don't find it constraining at all, and I'm, by nature, rather a free spirit. I think it makes everyone look more crisp and professional.

FireStarterRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in LTC, Med/Surg, Peds, ICU, Tele. Has 15 years experience.

Incidentally, we do have a choice of different styles. The logo of our hospital in embroidered on our scrub top. Some of the styles have a loose fit, others a more tailored fit.

southernbeegirl, BSN, RN

Specializes in Rehab, Infection, LTC. Has 16 years experience.

my LTC company has done this. we are supposed to wear the same colors and same brand. they bought us 3 sets of scrubs. the thing is, our options are limited that we are allowed to order. i'm fat. they dont provide the size i need nor the length. im a short, fat girl at that. the tops dont fit right either and i looked awful. so i ordered my own from a different company in the same colors. i dont think they can even tell its not the same brand! i figure if my employment hinges on being able to wear a specific brand and they want to get rid of me...then i dont want to be there anyway. i show up every single day im scheduled in the appropriate uniform colors and do a great job. if not wearing Landau is going to get me fired....then so be it. i dont mind wearing the colors. i think we all look very professional. i just dont agree with it being one specific brand so as long as the dyes are the same color.

mariahas4kids

Specializes in hospice, corrections. Has 3 years experience.

I personally like nurses all in one uniform. These days techs, housekeeping, CNA's, secretaries, and even non-"medical" people such as vet-techs where scrubs. I know everyone is supposed to wear ID tags, but they are not easy to read and a lot of the time they are flipped over so all you see is the back. If you think about it, caps have a utilitarian purpose, it keeps your hair off your face and off the patient.

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Everything tends to come full circle.:nurse:

I think one place that caused confusion was allowing everyone in the hospital to wear scrubs, regardless of their job. I don't think that nurses should all wear white, either. When I got out of school, I worked pediatrics and we pretty much wore whatever we wanted to, colors, uniform styles, etc... They key is to introduce yourself so that there is no confusion as to who you are or if you are a nurse. If everyone in the hospital communicated that to the patients, that should lessen confusion. Given the long shifts that nurses work, we should be able to select the color and brand of scrubs to wear. Just my two cents....

RNperdiem, RN

Has 14 years experience.

Do a quick visual survey of your coworkers.

How many badges are even readable?

I saw many badges turned around backwards or partially obscured by stickers. The name and RN is printed small enough that if I were a patient and not wearing my glasses, I wouldn't know who was who.

DolceVita, BSN, RN

Specializes in IMCU. Has 9 years experience.

My hospital is going to mandate the color and brand of scrubs we (RN's ICU) are to wear. This is apparently because patients want to know who there nurse is. (despite the fact we are all required to wear our identifying badge).We are also told we need to be uniform(no pun intended:)) because we are a magnet facility and magnet hospitals are requiring RN's to wear all the same brand and color. Personally I think this is ridiculous. I thought the magnet philosophy was to give nurses a voice? Since becoming magnet we have no voice, or options and morale has dropped considerably. In times of a bad economy when we are struggling to make ends meet, it is not going to be feasible for nurses to go out and spend money for scrubs and especially ones they do not like. Next we will be told caps are back! Also not everyone has the same shape so many of us will be wearing scrubs too tight or too loose because of the brand we will be required to wear. How professional will that look?? Can you share your thoughts on this? Thank you.

pb

My local hospital has been Magnet for a few years and they haven't done this.

I would prefer something like this. It would make it so much easier in the morning. I spend so much time trying to think about the last time I wore a set of scrubs, or if the pants match the top, ext... why? because the other nurses notice it! They told me so!

I would love for nurses to wear a color, techs another, respiratory another, food service another, and housekeeping another... this would make it so much easier for me and the patients!

Also, please consider the fact that many times people either don't wear thier badge, its backworks, haggard, or the fact that their are many funtionally illerate and that many of our patients are older and have failing vision.

My hospital is going to mandate the color and brand of scrubs we (RN's ICU) are to wear. This is apparently because patients want to know who there nurse is. (despite the fact we are all required to wear our identifying badge).We are also told we need to be uniform(no pun intended:)) because we are a magnet facility and magnet hospitals are requiring RN's to wear all the same brand and color. Personally I think this is ridiculous. I thought the magnet philosophy was to give nurses a voice? Since becoming magnet we have no voice, or options and morale has dropped considerably. In times of a bad economy when we are struggling to make ends meet, it is not going to be feasible for nurses to go out and spend money for scrubs and especially ones they do not like. Next we will be told caps are back! Also not everyone has the same shape so many of us will be wearing scrubs too tight or too loose because of the brand we will be required to wear. How professional will that look?? Can you share your thoughts on this? Thank you.

pb

dont care for the idea, but the brand part is really over the top.....did they give any reason why?

lornasrn

Specializes in Cardiac, telemetry.

Personally I would think if they require a certain brand and color then they would have to provide it. That wouldn't make it right though. Not everyone looks their best in the same color and not having a brand choice doesn't even allow for a good fit. Makes me glad my hospital is not a magnet hospital. Then what would a person do with all the scrubs they have paid for, holiday patterns, seasons etc. I have a better wardrobe in scrubs than in regular clothes. I wish you luck with this.

fuzzywuzzy, CNA

Specializes in LTC. Has 3 years experience.

my LTC company has done this. we are supposed to wear the same colors and same brand. they bought us 3 sets of scrubs. the thing is, our options are limited that we are allowed to order. i'm fat. they dont provide the size i need nor the length. im a short, fat girl at that. the tops dont fit right either and i looked awful. so i ordered my own from a different company in the same colors. i dont think they can even tell its not the same brand! i figure if my employment hinges on being able to wear a specific brand and they want to get rid of me...then i dont want to be there anyway. i show up every single day im scheduled in the appropriate uniform colors and do a great job. if not wearing Landau is going to get me fired....then so be it. i dont mind wearing the colors. i think we all look very professional. i just dont agree with it being one specific brand so as long as the dyes are the same color.

I don't really see the need for this in LTC. You see the same people every day, and if they're cognizant enough to know what your colors mean, then they already know who you are.

I actually wouldn't MIND a color scheme, but at the same time, I like my pretty patterned tops and I've spent a lot of money on them to NOT wear them ever again. And the brand thing is ridiculous. Look how many threads there are in the scrubs forum on this website- no 2 people are alike in what size, fit, and material is most comfortable for them.

mcknis

Specializes in Med Surg, ER, OR.

i know most don't care for the color coordination of scrub colors, but based on my recent stay as a pt in my own hospital, you dont always know who the other staff members are by looking at turned around name badges. At 3am, someone in blue looks like any other nurse, RT, aide, etc., but if you are already familiar about a certain color scheme amongst employees, it would be easier to pinpoint the nurse from the RT, NA, housekeeper, etc. It also, from a pts perspective, hightens views and opinions of professionalism among the growing public when they come to be a customer of your facility! i am all for color schemes, but not for certain brands!

The only time I've ever had to wear a specific set of scrubs was in school as my facility doesn't care what we wear provided it's not denim. They've talked about going to a uniform but so far it hasn't happened. I did work with one nurse who came from a facility that only color coded the pants while staff were free to wear whatever coordinating top they liked. I'm not sure how effective it was for patients but she said staff felt it was a fair enough compromise on being color coded or not.

travel50

Specializes in LTC, geriatric, psych, rehab. Has 26 years experience.

My corporate office is telling me that soon we will be required to wear specific colors at the nursing home, different colors for different departments. They are to give us 2 uniforms each. Colors are drab. I object. My staff objects. At the nursing home, most of our residents know us on a first name basis. Those who don't are too confused to remember that everyone in tan is a nurse. Our residents like the different colors and patterns we wear. I think the colors help brighten their day, and lord knows when you are in a nsg home, you need all the brightening you can get. Furthermore, 2 uniforms just won't be enough. Most of my aides don't own a washer. They will not have time to go to the laundrymat every other day. And most don't have extra money to just go buy new uniforms (landau, not what is at walmarts). Corporate has frozen wages so I can't give anyone their raises, so they want to look good by giving them 2 uniforms? Our jobs are stressful enough. It is some little bit of control and independence that my staff have to at least be able to choose what they wear to work.

unwell

Specializes in Geriatrics.

I like the idea of different departments being color coded. It makes life so much easier, not to mention, you don't have to put any thought into what you will wear to work. As a student nurse on a new floor, or in a new hospital, I have confused CNAs with Nurses, Nurses with housekeepers, etc.

NurseCard, ADN

Specializes in Med/Surge, Psych, LTC, Home Health. Has 13 years experience.

The hospital that I recently left had the nurses on all of the units wearing the same color tops... WHITE!!! Ugh!!!!!!

Not only could I not keep a white top clean to save my life, not even through one shift, but I'm fair skinned so it kinda washed me out as well.

I think color coding is a good idea, though I have to say I like being able to choose what I want to wear. I currently work in a small psychiatric facility where we are allowed to wear either business casual attire, OR whatever type of scrubs we want to wear.

In a big medical hospital though... I'm all for the idea.

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