What should instructors wear to clinicals?


I know this questions has already been asked but I'm hoping to get some more responses as I am also interested in the answer.


classicdame, MSN, EdD

2 Articles; 7,255 Posts

Specializes in Hospital Education Coordinator.

Same uniform as the students. Only the badge is different.

Can't nurse in street clothes. Anyway, students need to see you as one of the nurses.


107 Posts

Specializes in Surgical Telemetry.

When I went to nursing school sometimes my instructors wore plain scrubs or professional business attire with a lab coat. They definitely did not wear the same uniform as the students. We wore a very traditional uniform with the smock and everything. :)

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traumaRUs, MSN, APRN

165 Articles; 21,214 Posts

Specializes in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU. Has 31 years experience.

Hmm - have had instructors wear scrubs, others wear business clothes with lab coats. And...I do beg to differ that you can't "nurse" in street clothes. As an APN, I have nursed in both scrubs and street clothes.

Specializes in L&D.

Since teaching clinicals is my second job, and I have to wear ceil blue scrubs to my other job, I just bought some new, nice scrubs to wear. I also wear a white lab coat most of the time--which makes me easy to spot on the clinical floor where the rest of the staff wear multicolored prints!

I wear Crocs to primary job and also to clinicals. I will have to invest in some new shoes, though, as one hospital we rotate through does not allow them!

Mostly, I wear a smile! :nurse:


351 Posts

Specializes in Pediatrics. Has 7 years experience.

Some days I wear scrubs, somedays nice street clothes. I don't wear what the students wear because I look young and this confuses the patients into thinking I'm a student and not an instructor. When wearing scrubs, I follow the dress code of the RN's on the floor.

I am comfortable and able to nurse in both types of clothing. I don't wear a lab coat because I work in peds and I don't really want the kids screaming at me the entire time I'm in the room.

Usually depends on what I have clean or isn't wrinkled, and how much time I have to get ready!

If I'm going to work as an NP after clinical, I usually opt for the street clothes since I have had issues where new patients get me confused with the medical assistants at first if I'm in scrubs.

Specializes in L&D.

I wear plain ceil blue scrubs with a white lab coat for clinicals. (amidst a "sea" of patterned scrubs, I stand out whether I'm wearing my coat or not) I visit the clinical floor for meetings with charge nurses, managers, inservices in professional slacks/blouses.


3 Articles; 961 Posts

Specializes in ER, ICU, Education. Has 15 years experience.

This depends on what I plan to do in the clinical setting. I wear professional dress when I don't anticipate any direct patient care (ex- for a seminar with students), but at all other times, I wear scrubs as I am always available and very hands-on in assisting the students. If the patient needs a bath, I jump in and help, especially in the first semester. If the patient vomits, I would prefer it be on my scrubs :)

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JBudd, MSN

1 Article; 3,836 Posts

Specializes in Trauma, Teaching. Has 42 years experience.

I wore my usual scrubs under a lab coat. Nurses at my hospital never wear lab coats, (the docs do), but as a nurse it made me stand out. Our students wear maroon scrubs. It also let the staff know who to get if there was a problem, and that I was teaching that day and not on hospital duty myself that day.

Also, since I am so very hands on, the pockets gave me someplace to put my hands instead of taking over all the time:D

Whispera, MSN, RN

3,458 Posts

Specializes in psych, addictions, hospice, education.

I vote for kneehighs and flipflops...



432 Posts

Specializes in Behavioral Health, Show Biz.

:Dshould wear?

i teach psych nursing...

the nurses on the units

wear streetclothes---no uniforms or labcoats.

i work in nursing ed

where i also teach

bsn students.

nursing ed managers

wear labcoats


i leave my options open

to wear

or not to wear

the labcoat.

that is the question

and the answer. ;)

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