What is the dress code for nurses?


I am thinking of applying for jobs at DD facilities. I was curious as to what the nurses wear in group homes and other DD facilities.



Has 3 years experience. 256 Posts

The group home I'm working in, you can wear regular clothes as long as you don't have cleavage or you bellybutton showing, closed toe shoes with backs...the normal. Or you can wear scrubs, it's up to you.

I'm not sure that they're all that way though.



389 Posts

Regular clothes if your are in the houses; the nurses at the programs where scrubs.

jescalynn, ASN, RN

Specializes in Developmentally delayed. Has 1 years experience. 77 Posts

Jeans, t-shirts and flip-flops for me over here in California. I wear scrubs and danskos when I'm going on appointments because I've run over my toe too many times with wheelchairs and once dropped the lift on my foot. Lol


NickiLaughs, ADN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Emergency, Trauma, Critical Care. Has 13 years experience. 2,383 Posts

Casual. Your in a home environment. I wore flip flops til a resident ran over my toe with his electric wheelchair.

I miss those guys.....it was a fun job.

No Stars In My Eyes

Specializes in Med nurse in med-surg., float, HH, and PDN. Has 43 years experience. 3,355 Posts

Here's what you don't wear (and these are examples I have seen with my own eyes)--

*Navy blue panties covered with a pattern of red hearts, under white uniform pants.

*Hip-hugger pants that, when you bend over, show your crack and upper buttocks.

*Bell-bottom-pants that drag the ground behind your heels and get tattered and dirty looking.

*Hair that looks like you have been out in a 75 mph wind, and/or, is obviously unwashed.

*Shoes that are dirty and appear to have been chewed on by a puppy.

* If you are female, know that only a very few can go bra-less without immediate attention zoom-focused on the chesticle area.

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 16 years experience. 226 Articles; 27,608 Posts

I know this question was asked last year, but most of the IDD/MHMR group home environments I've been in entailed casual street clothes for staff, including nurses.



15 Posts

Today I am wearing jeans and a t-shirt, sandals. VERY casual. Sometimes clothes get spit on, stained, torn. My clients all have severe psychiatric needs as well. I would NEVER wear heels. Did that once, had to run across a street to another building for an emergency. Never again.



1 Post

Here in Wash DC, we wear scrubs. :)