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Standard Hospital Scrubs National Standard?

Specializes in Ante-Intra-Postpartum, Post Gyne.

Does your hospital require everyone to wear the same scrubs? My hospital is instituting this. Everyone has to wear not only the same color, but we have no choice on the brand. I am a very petite person (100lbs) and none of the scrubs they are getting us fit (MC Hammer pants anyone??) everyone is complaining, but administration is telling us it is a national standard that most hospitals are having their nurses all wear the same scrub; stating it is a patient safety issue. They say the other hospitals in our area are going to be doing it, but when I talked to a friend at the other hospital she had no idea what I was talking about; even asked her manager who had no idea what I was talking about...

So, does your hospital have a standard uniform for nurses?

Dixielee, BSN, RN

Specializes in ER. Has 38 years experience.

Sounds like your administrator may be getting a kickback from that particular scrub manufacturer. I have never heard of that policy. If they are mandating that policy, then they need to pay for the scrubs.:yeah:

NickiLaughs, ADN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Emergency, Trauma, Critical Care. Has 11 years experience.

We had to wear the same color at one job but we had to buy our own. When they see the brand looks unprofessional on some they met laxen a bit & you can get your own brand.

maelstrom143

Specializes in PCU. Has 10 years experience.

Nope. Our facility allows any scrubs that are clean and professional. I order my scrubs online cause could not find any other brands that were ever comfortable, so someone dictating what brand to wear would probably make for a most uncomfortable 12h shift, jmho.

MomRN0913

Specializes in ICU.

The hospital I worked out instituted white tops and blue bottoms. Saying it was better for patient safety as nurses can be easily identified.

However, I see no benefit in using only one manufacturer. What the he!! does that do for patient safety. Nothing.

Probably harm it, if you are trying to take care of a patient and your pants keep falling down......

BuckyBadgerRN, ASN, RN

Specializes in HH, Peds, Rehab, Clinical. Has 4 years experience.

Does your hospital require everyone to wear the same scrubs? My hospital is instituting this. Everyone has to wear not only the same color, but we have no choice on the brand. I am a very petite person (100lbs) and none of the scrubs they are getting us fit (MC Hammer pants anyone??) everyone is complaining, but administration is telling us it is a national standard that most hospitals are having their nurses all wear the same scrub; stating it is a patient safety issue. They say the other hospitals in our area are going to be doing it, but when I talked to a friend at the other hospital she had no idea what I was talking about; even asked her manager who had no idea what I was talking about...

So, does your hospital have a standard uniform for nurses?

If they are providing your scrubs, they must provide you with proper fitting scrubs. Whether you weigh 98 lbs or 498 lbs....

MinnieMomRN

Specializes in Med-Surg; Telemetry; School Nurse pk-8.

Is administration handing out a color-coding key for patients on admission, so they'll know what each color represents? If so, what color has been assigned for MD's to wear??

Point made.

bsnanat2

Specializes in ..

Our health system requires a specific color of uniform by discipline. One reason they may be requiring the single brand is that colors can vary from one brand to another.

HeartsOpenWide, RN

Specializes in Ante-Intra-Postpartum, Post Gyne.

As far as we know, nurses are the only ones so far to have to be color coded. They say that we can not buy our own scrubs because every manufacture make the color SLIGHTLY different and the colors would not be EXACTLY the same. Plus, they are going to have the hospitals names stitched on all the tops. I wrote a letter to my manager asking if they were going to let me wear my own scrubs or if they were going to PAY for me to get them altered...they are giving us three pants, three tops, and one warm-up jacket (even though some people work 8hr shifts and therefore work five days a week). If we we want anymore we have to buy them ourselves. and they are in the 30$ range...

I wear Cherokee, my coworker wears Urban, and let me tell you.... When we walk in a room together, the patients immediately quit breathing from the cross brand contamination.

Why do you not care about your patients?? You're killing them with your desire to not have your pants fall down!!!!!!

Many hopsitals are using this policy. Patients, family members and vistors Dont not know that specfic color ID certain job titles. The Hopsital I work at started makinh the Nurses wear Large RED RN tag, this way the RN is clear noticable. The Tag seems to be the indentifing maker.

Quite often when a manage cites "national standard" I find that is the only facility that knows about it. Buzz words that mean : were doing it, don't whine, it's an national standard...

Rob72, ASN, RN

Specializes in Infectious Disease, Neuro, Research.

While these ideas are touted as "safety", they are not. In fact, it decreases safety, in that anyone determined to enter the facility with felony(ies) in mind, knows exactly what to wear. BTDT, walked around the airbase.;)

Scrubs are cheap! You're lucky. We nurses have it easy compared to other professions. Just think about the costs of your wardrobe if you were required to wear professional business attire everyday. I used to for my old job (marketing). I wore suits, dresses, skirt or dress pants, tights or nylons and dress shoes every day. Tailored business clothes are not cheap. You can't get away with cheap clothes in a lot of professions, you have to spend $$$ on your work wardrobe. If you don't dress right you won't be taken seriously. Nurses have it EASY when it comes to dressing for work! You really shouldn't complain about having to buy a few $30 scrub pants! Even your typical office job will have a dress code and they are not going to give you any clothes or pay for them!

merlee

Has 36 years experience.

Hahahaha!!!! National standard!!! Hahaha!! They are obligating themselves to provide you with scrubs that fit, or can be fitted.

Patient safety requires that your clothing fits!!!

PediLove2147, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pediatric Cardiology. Has 7 years experience.

Scrubs are cheap! You're lucky. We nurses have it easy compared to other professions. Just think about the costs of your wardrobe if you were required to wear professional business attire everyday. I used to for my old job (marketing). I wore suits, dresses, skirt or dress pants, tights or nylons and dress shoes every day. Tailored business clothes are not cheap. You can't get away with cheap clothes in a lot of professions, you have to spend $$$ on your work wardrobe. If you don't dress right you won't be taken seriously. Nurses have it EASY when it comes to dressing for work! You really shouldn't complain about having to buy a few $30 scrub pants! Even your typical office job will have a dress code and they are not going to give you any clothes or pay for them!

I can complain because I don't work in the office setting. I chose not to. I HATE business attire and while I didn't go into nursing so I could wear scrubs it is a part of the job I rather enjoy. Please do not come on here and invalidate our concerns.

When people wearing business attire have to worry about getting peed and pooped and vomited and snotted on, then I'll compare my wardrobe needs to theirs.

ashleyisawesome, BSN, RN

Specializes in LDRP.

Scrubs are cheap! You're lucky. We nurses have it easy compared to other professions. Just think about the costs of your wardrobe if you were required to wear professional business attire everyday. I used to for my old job (marketing). I wore suits, dresses, skirt or dress pants, tights or nylons and dress shoes every day. Tailored business clothes are not cheap. You can't get away with cheap clothes in a lot of professions, you have to spend $$$ on your work wardrobe. If you don't dress right you won't be taken seriously. Nurses have it EASY when it comes to dressing for work! You really shouldn't complain about having to buy a few $30 scrub pants! Even your typical office job will have a dress code and they are not going to give you any clothes or pay for them!

what if the office you worked for dictated the brand of business attire you had to wear and that brand didnt have pants that fit you properly?

bjaeram

Specializes in OB, ER. Has 12 years experience.

Is administration handing out a color-coding key for patients on admission, so they'll know what each color represents? If so, what color has been assigned for MD's to wear??

Point made.

Our hospital actual does hand out the information on admission and it's posted on the walls. However we DON"T have to wear the same brand, just color.

Physicians wear lab coats...I think that counts

RNperdiem, RN

Has 14 years experience.

I guess I don't get the big deal here.

I am also 100lbs and my hospital went to uniform scrubs.

The pants came in petite lengths too, and if they didn't, I would have taken them to the tailor to have the hems shortened.

I am not sure I believe the "national standard" argument, but tacky print scrubs have disappeared around here.

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