What should I wear to pick up paperwork on my day off?

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Specializes in ER, GI, Occ Health. Has 9 years experience.

Nothing too revealing 

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4 hours ago, Nunya said:

WOW!!, I've really been underdressing when I've stopped in at work.  Jeans, sandals in the Summer and a t-shirt (usually).  They know you dress casually when you're not at work...and that you're human!

 Since when have nurses been considered human? We work 16 hour shifts, taking on more and more patients.. without so much as a potty break. But.. that's another thread.

EDNURSE20, BSN

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Specializes in ED, med-surg, peri op. Has 6 years experience.

Dressing up to quickly grab some papers? Really? As long as your clean, who cares?! 

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7 hours ago, Nunya said:

WOW!!, I've really been underdressing when I've stopped in at work.  Jeans, sandals in the Summer and a t-shirt (usually).  They know you dress casually when you're not at work...and that you're human!

Exactly!

my boss came in after hours a couple of times. She was in yoga pants and a t-shirt. Stop over thinking and wear what you normally wear. Of course do not look like a slob though.

Nunya, BSN

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6 hours ago, AutumnLeaves said:

We have a hospital policy that actually states no jeans or shorts when in building. That includes ANY trip into the hospital.

Is this a hospital run by a religious organization? And can I ask what state it's in?  I'm in Florida and I think people would have a problem with the no shorts rule.

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I’d wear whatever I’m already wearing that day.

RNNPICU, BSN, RN

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I would just wear something clean.

Most people that I see who are coming in for just something random look like they are off and doing their own thing. Most people I see who come in for something like that are in jeans clean shirt. If it is Summer, shorts (not short-shorts) and a t shirt. 

I likely would not wear flip-flops because I feel weird about wearing open toed shoes on the in-patient units, but that is just me

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On 8/30/2020 at 12:26 PM, medapop said:

I’m going to my manager’s office on my day off to pick up some paperwork. It’s not a meeting or anything, I’m just picking up the papers and leaving. What should I wear? Should I put scrubs on? Or just wear my casual everyday clothes (jeans, shirt, flip flops)?

Imagine who you just might run into when you go in. Suppose it's another unit manager where you might want to work someday. Suppose it's your manager who might be thinking about giving you some extra responsibility. Suppose it's somebody in HR who might get a complaint about you. How do you want to make them feel about you?

You don't need a suit and pearls, but the advice is always to dress the way your next two levels of supervision dress, so you look like you might want to be there sometime.  Definitely not cutoffs and flipflops no matter where you live. Good advice to have an outfit for conferences and interviews, too.

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I wear whatever I’m wearing for the day. Just not like a slob or too revealing as others have said.  Typically for me it’s jeans and a T-shirt. 

Specializes in PACU, Stepdown, Trauma.

Really interesting perspectives! It has never honestly dawned on me to dress up if I need to go into the hospital one of my days off to pick up something. And I came from an office setting where I wore business casual every day prior to working in healthcare. 

I've seen lots of coworkers come in on their days off to pick up and drop off things and I've never seen someone dress up. Not once. Now, if it's a meeting or something where you're on the clock, do dress professionally, but I'll be casual as long as I'm not punched in. 

RNperdiem, RN

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Has 14 years experience.

If you are doing it right, you won't come across as overdressed. You are not aiming for over dressing. You should look pulled together and appropriate. Extra points for showing a little style.

Jedrnurse, BSN, RN

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I wish flip-flops would just go away. They're unsafe. If a person is out and about they need something more stable and protective to both walk and drive. I would mention something about how they look, but then I'm venturing into strictly opinion.