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Scrubs in the OR

by roamingnome roamingnome (New) New

Hi all,

I’m a new grad, starting shortly, in an OR residency. I’ve asked the onboarding specialist about scrubs- she said all nurses wear X,  but I’ve heard OR nurses (circulating) wear scrubs provided by the hospital. 

Do most hospitals provide scrubs for the OR? If so, would I need them for any other reason?


Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in OR, education. Has 16 years experience.

AORN recommends hospital laundered scrubs. No one wants pet hair or who knows what else from “outside” in a surgical environment. However, you will need to verify with the facility that scrubs are provided. 

You may want a set or two to have on hand for days you aren’t in an OR- I’d rather not have to wear business casual for ACLS renewal where I don’t have access to OR scrubs. 

RickyRescueRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in ICU, Trauma, CCT,Emergency, Flight, OR Nursing. Has 25 years experience.

If you are working in the Restricted Zone of the OR Suite (actual operating rooms/ theatres and sterile cores etc) you should be wearing hospital provided and hospital laundered scrubs. That is the accepted standard per AORN and other surgically related organizations.