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What to wear to lab/clinical training.

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Specializes in ER/Emergency Behavioral Health.... Has 8+ years experience.

So to lecture I just wear jeans and a t-shirt.

We have a skills lab and the first two weeks we are supposed to go to skills lab instead of clinicals. I guess this is supposed to just be practicing on dummies and practicing vital signs on one another.

Our professor told us we can wear what we want to that. I guess jeans t shirt and flip flops will be ok.

I'm just wondering what others wore to their skills lab. I don't want to be underdressed, but I don't want to wear my uniform since that is just for clinical days.

We had to wear our scrubs for lab... we had to dress for lab exactly as we would for a clinical day. Badge and all.

rob4546, ADN, BSN

Specializes in ICU. Has 7 years experience.

We had to wear our scrubs for lab... we had to dress for lab exactly as we would for a clinical day. Badge and all.

Ditto for me. Lab was a place to learn and practice skills that we would use in nursing. I would think you would need to learn to complete a bed bath with your ID badge dangling in front of you....

loriangel14, RN

Specializes in Acute Care, Rehab, Palliative.

We had to wear scrubs and approved footwear.

Another vote for scrubs. They were mandatory for lab.

Alisonisayoshi, LVN

Specializes in LTC.

We wear our uniforms or we can wear regular scrubs. We don't wear jeans.

NurseGirl525, ASN, RN

Specializes in ICU.

We have to wear scrubs. Have to. Not our uniform, but some type of scrubs. No flip flops allowed either. When we are in lab we dress like clinicals. No hair down, no visible tattoos, no earrings, no nails. We have lab until clinicals at the end of oct. Then it's one day lecture, one day lab, and one day clinicals. Clinical hours will increase each semester.

studentnursemon86

Specializes in ER/Emergency Behavioral Health.... Has 8+ years experience.

Weird. Maybe the first lab, but they said street clothes. I will have to double check with my professor.

I know we have two clinicals at the school before hospital. I think I will just wear scrubs to that.

We were allowed to wear scrubs or business casual clothes with a lab coat. I found it best to wear scrubs, though. It was easier to maneuver around and do things as you would in the hospital setting.

Itteh Bitteh

Specializes in Geriatrics. Has 2 years experience.

When I was in school, street clothes were fine except for certain days, like simulations. Then we wore scrubs.

Our only day to day "mandate" for lab was short sleeves and hair back.

studentnursemon86

Specializes in ER/Emergency Behavioral Health.... Has 8+ years experience.

I'll just wear jeans, a short sleeve t-shirt and sneakers.

I have clinical the next day so I'll ask then about scrubs for the in-class clinical days.

mrsboots87

Specializes in Neuro, Telemetry. Has 6 years experience.

Weird. We have to wear our uniform scrubs for all lab days and all simulations in addition to our clinical days. For block one we didn't have to wear scrubs unless we were practicing skill, but I would imagine your 2 preclinical lab days will be for skill practice. But hey, if they don't make you wear them for lab, take advantage. Washing and ironing the dang uniform so often is a hassle anyway. Even with 2 sets.

SopranoKris, BSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care. Has 6 years experience.

We had to wear our scrubs for lab... we had to dress for lab exactly as we would for a clinical day. Badge and all.

Same with us. We have to be dressed as if we're at clinicals. Now, skills practice time before a skills exam, we could wear street clothes, but closed-toed shoes were required, per OSHA in our state.

OP, just to be on the safe side (and look professional), I'd skip the flip-flops :)

We can wear our street clothes to lab, with our lab jacket and badge over them. Flip flops are a BIG no no. Only closed-toe shoes, non-slip are allowed for safety reasons. The instructor has sent two people out of lab for improper footwear. We also have to tie back long hair.

I second this. Even if you are allowed to wear flip-flops, just skim 'em. Definitely not professional, and as silly as it seems, you should look somewhat professional everyday in class! Your teachers could be the ones who eventually help you get a job.

My school also requires us to wear full uniform for skills labs and simulations, especially proper shoes because we practice with needles in both. On days we have lab but won't be working on skills stuff, we can wear kakis with a polo that has our nursing emblem on it.

Edit: I was replying to SopranoKris's post above, but it clearly didn't quote them!