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Shower question about Canadian hospitals.

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by futureRN_Anastasia futureRN_Anastasia (Member) Member

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Hello everybody!

This is my very first post on this website. I am just starting and still deciding between nursing and social work. I've been reading this website for a few months, and it has been great in terms of finding information (no social work websites like that, unfortunately).

I've read a few threads already about showering at home right after coming from work and changing at the garage (wouldn't work at my home since I live in a super-tiny midtown condo, but that will definitely entertain the neighbors).

I am a newbie with no practicum experience so far, and I was wondering whether in Canadian hospitals there are lockers for nurses and showers so that I can leave the scrubs at work and change to regular clothes before I go home?

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From what I've seen MOST hospitals have a shower and change room for staff...ya know we aren't a third world country or anything...;D we have state of the art technology and our hospitals are pretty much the same thing as any USA hospital!

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Haha sorry I just saw your little canadian flag...I guess your Canadian. For some reason I thought you weren't living in Canada...you never know. I've been literally been asked (more than once!) if we hunt bears and live in igloos. I've been to border towns and have been given blank stares when I've asked if they accept loonies haha. What's a loonie??? Seriously! Good luck with deciding what you want to go into...nursing has a ton of opportunities but social work would be great too! Plus I do not think you work nights as a social worker which is always a plus!!!

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iHeartNICU specializes in NICU.

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Hey! I'm not from Canada so I can't really speak on that behalf but I seriously wouldn't worry about it too much....especially not let it be a deciding factor of what field to go into. I know lots and lots of nurses that don't strip before going in their house, I know I don't. I do take my shoes off right inside the door as to not drag all of that filth around my house but that's the extent of it. I have been working in a hospital now for 3 years and haven't once gotten sick so I'm thinking I'm doing just fine :)

But, to answer your question, lots of hospitals do have showers where you can shower and change and lots of hospitals require you wear their specific scrubs and take them off before leaving but that you probably won't know until you talk to people in that specific hospital or that specific unit in the hospital. Good luck deciding which career to go into!

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Cover up with a lab coat until you get into your shower and keep an extra pair of old Crocs in your trunk to wear into the house! Not a huge concern, certainly not one that should deter you from a certain profession! :)

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Silverdragon102 has 31 years experience as a BSN and specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC.

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moved to the Canadian forum

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linzz specializes in Geriatrics, Med-Surg..

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I have never showered at work but have used lockers at some places. I wear work clothes home, remove them when I get home, leave shoes at the door and shower right away. I really prefer to shower at home.

This might sound anal, but I do spray my work shoes with Lysol just to keep the germs out. I guess we all have our quirks.

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And coming from someone who takes the bus to and from work....

please

please

please

for the love of all that is clean. CHANGE BEFORE YOU GET ON THE BUS!!

I don't care if you want to wear your scrubs to work but wearing them home while on public transportation (or in the grocery store, or at home depot...) is just plain gross. I don't want to be squished beside you, pressed up against your dirty, worked in for 12 hours, cleaned up poop while wearing, scrubs.

Its unprofessional

Its rude

Its gross

It smells

and you're just asking to become the next typhoid Mary.

Rant Over.

Thanks

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If it's so terrible to go onto a bus after working in your scrubs for 12 hours - why is it just fine to go into a patient room after working in your scrubs for 11.5 hours?

Unless you're showering and changing every time you go from one patient room to the next, to insist on doing so before going into the bus or your house seems inconsistent to me. After all, the patients are generally more vulnerable to infection than the other people on the bus or in your house.

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611 Posts; 10,186 Profile Views

In a perfect world you would be right. In this one though, that's not really practical is it? It takes nothing however to put a pair of jeans and a shirt in a bag.

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petethecanuck has 3 years experience and specializes in Cardiology.

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As a student, we're being encouraged by our clinical instructors change into our civies after shift. Wearing our "nursing" shoes outside the facility after shift is also a big no no.

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