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Is this an absolute no-no. I wear skirts, and did so throughout all of my clinicals (my personal preference). I got to observe a C-section once and no one said anything to me. What do you think? By the way I live in Colorado, so I don't know if there are different rules about this in other parts of the country.

Thanks for replying.

Marie_LPN, RN, LPN, RN

Specializes in 5 yrs OR, ASU Pre-Op 2 yr. ER.

We have a rule against skirts, for staff and students.

Hi,

Marie LPN, can you tell me the reasoning behind this please ?

Yes, skirts and dresses are out in the OR. You normally would not be wearing your own uniform to begin with, but scrubs provided by the facility.

Most C-sections are done in the Labor and Delivery area, so they may have different rules, but for the actual OR, it is pants.

And you can just think about it why skirts and dresses are not permitted.

JeanettePNP, MSN, RN, NP

Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology and Allergy. Has 8 years experience.

I'm guessing that skirts can billow out and touch where they're not supposed to?

Marie_LPN, RN, LPN, RN

Specializes in 5 yrs OR, ASU Pre-Op 2 yr. ER.

Perineal fallout is what policy says.

Because the only way to find out if someone's wearing underwear and pantyhose (not thigh-highs or knee-highs) is to look, and not many people will subject themselves to an undergarment inspection.

Marie_LPN, RN, LPN, RN

Specializes in 5 yrs OR, ASU Pre-Op 2 yr. ER.

Our C-section areas do not permit skirts either.

student4ever

Specializes in ER.

Perineal fallout

Am I understanding this to mean they're afraid something might fall out from underneath the skirt? OMG, that is terrible... and kind of funny to my odd sense of humor! Maybe it's just the term!

To me, though it seems logical, I would think that someone who wears only skirts for religious reasons could feasibly have a discrimination case with this. There are quite a few nurses in my hospital who do only wear skirts, and though I know of none who work OR, I assume they did some observation during nursing school. Wonder how they got around with that?

gr8rnpjt, RN

Specializes in Case Management. Has 38 years experience.

Perineal fallout is what policy says.

:idea: :chair: :behindpc: :barf02:

JeanettePNP, MSN, RN, NP

Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology and Allergy. Has 8 years experience.

I also wear only skirts. If "perineal fallout" is the issue, would wearing a skirt on top of scrub pants be OK?

Marie_LPN, RN, LPN, RN

Specializes in 5 yrs OR, ASU Pre-Op 2 yr. ER.

Am I understanding this to mean they're afraid something might fall out from underneath the skirt? OMG, that is terrible... and kind of funny to my odd sense of humor! Maybe it's just the term!

Something, or other stuff.

Hair and other things don't only fall off of people's scalps, they fall from other areas as well. And not just hair either.

Perineal fallout:smackingf I had to look that up. I didn't find much except for porn. Does it mean pubic hair falling out. What about the people with pants on. They might not have underwear on either. I read somewhere on this post they make you take them off, change them or whatever they do.

By the way Marie LPN, I'm impressed that you would take the time to look this up. Thanks! However, I am not convinced that I could be a hazard to the patient by having on panty hose, and a skirt.

Marie_LPN, RN, LPN, RN

Specializes in 5 yrs OR, ASU Pre-Op 2 yr. ER.

If pants are under the skirt, that's fine. That's what a few students have done.

Marie_LPN, RN, LPN, RN

Specializes in 5 yrs OR, ASU Pre-Op 2 yr. ER.

What about the people with pants on. They might not have underwear on either.

Skirts don't have a fabric crotch, though.

I wonder if OR would be ok with me bringing my own skirt? I didn't think that would be ok, even if I was ok with wearing pants under the skirt. By the way I have bought panty hose with the crotch.

Sorry for all of the questions. I don't think I could call HR about this because I would probably not be offered a job with this many odd questions.

Marie_LPN, RN, LPN, RN

Specializes in 5 yrs OR, ASU Pre-Op 2 yr. ER.

Our maternity unit has their own scrubs, and they also have skirts. These are allowed in the OR, with pants.

I doubt that brining your own skirt to the OR would be accepted.

And where i work, pantyhose with a crotch and a skirt are still unacceptable. Pants have to be under that skirt.

Are you an Orthodox Jew by any chance or just prefer skirts?

If this a religious thing they may ofer you more leniency with options as long as policy is followed (sometimes creatively)

We have one female surgeon that insists on scrub skirts. The hospital provides these for her. No one else wears them and she doesn't have the legs for them. UGH!

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