What should I wear...

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To a volunteer interview at my local hospital? Business casual?

NurseMarla

39 Posts

Specializes in Hospice.

Skirt suit, hose, modest, closed-toe heels that match your bag. Minimal jewelry & perfume/fragrance, clean natural nails, a smile.

Specializes in ICU.

Any other suggestions?

Whispera, MSN, RN

3,458 Posts

Specializes in psych, addictions, hospice, education.

Arrrggghhh....my evil twin has taken over my keyboard and says that kneehighs and flipflops are the answer!

(Don't shoot me, I'm just in a silly mood. Good luck with the interview.)

Specializes in ICU.
Arrrggghhh....my evil twin has taken over my keyboard and says that kneehighs and flipflops are the answer!

(Don't shoot me, I'm just in a silly mood. Good luck with the interview.)

Haha!

I like the way your evil twin thinks!

Ruby Vee, BSN

17 Articles; 14,027 Posts

Specializes in CCU, SICU, CVSICU, Precepting & Teaching.

depends upon the impression you want to make. business casual would make a good impression.

we have a volunteer here who wears halter dresses cut so low she's falling out of them every time she bends over, skirts so short you can see everything she's got, and flip flops. we can see all of her lovely tattoos and piercings because her clothes are so tight that the nipple rings and belly button rings are outlined through the fabric. someone talked to her about her attire one time, and now she wears a lab coat over this mess.

ruby (and don't even get me started about what she wears in the winter time!)

Specializes in ICU.
depends upon the impression you want to make. business casual would make a good impression.

we have a volunteer here who wears halter dresses cut so low she's falling out of them every time she bends over, skirts so short you can see everything she's got, and flip flops. we can see all of her lovely tattoos and piercings because her clothes are so tight that the nipple rings and belly button rings are outlined through the fabric. someone talked to her about her attire one time, and now she wears a lab coat over this mess.

ruby (and don't even get me started about what she wears in the winter time!)

oh my...

two things:

1) you have a gift for descriptive writing.

2) i'm going to need a paint scraper to remove that image from my mind. *chuckle*

i was thinking, some nice closed toed crocs, straight-legged slacks, and a cardigan set. too casual? i'm more of a functional dresser than a flashy or trendy one...but i don't want to come off as bland. maybe spice it up a little with a long necklace?

Whispera, MSN, RN

3,458 Posts

Specializes in psych, addictions, hospice, education.

Wear what you might wear on the job, or just a step up from it. Volunteers don't need to dress up--the place is thrilled to have you and all you need to be is neat, clean, alert, smiling, intelligent, and interested in being helpful. Conservative clothing always works. What you've suggested sounds good to me. (and kneehighs and flipflops of course)

RNperdiem, RN

4,592 Posts

The cardigan set sounds like a good idea.

Hospital temperatures are usually cold. I'm not sure who controls those thermostats, but I dress warmly for work.

Specializes in Peds Hem, Onc, Med/Surg.

Personally I would wear what you said without the crocs. Find some closed toed flats. I don't really see that as something you should wear to make a first impression even if its for volunteering.

Ruby Vee, BSN

17 Articles; 14,027 Posts

Specializes in CCU, SICU, CVSICU, Precepting & Teaching.
the cardigan set sounds like a good idea.

hospital temperatures are usually cold. i'm not sure who controls those thermostats, but i dress warmly for work.

whoever sets the thermostats at my hospital sets them on "steam" each and every day. i'm not kidding -- it's 85% humidity and the thermostat is set at 85! the cardigan set is a good idea -- if you're too hot, take off a layer.

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