What will you wear?

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by BrisketRN BrisketRN, BSN, RN Member Nurse

Has 4 years experience.

So our current plan is back to school at the end of August. Do I have the right PPE? Who knows! I've always worn regular scrubs to school, but now I'm thinking I might do the snap down the front tops so I'm not pulling scrubs over my face. Anyone else have any other ideas? Also with washing--anyone have any suggestions? I'm allergic to bleach, so other than washing in hot with regular detergent is there any other way to "sanitize"?

hppygr8ful, ASN, RN, EMT-I

Specializes in Psych, Addictions, SOL (Student of Life). Has 20 years experience. 3 Articles; 4,406 Posts

17 hours ago, BrisketRN said:

So our current plan is back to school at the end of August. Do I have the right PPE? Who knows! I've always worn regular scrubs to school, but now I'm thinking I might do the snap down the front tops so I'm not pulling scrubs over my face. Anyone else have any other ideas? Also with washing--anyone have any suggestions? I'm allergic to bleach, so other than washing in hot with regular detergent is there any other way to "sanitize"?

You can add distilled white vinegar to your laundry the same amount as you would bleach but give the cloths an extra rinse.

NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Vents, Telemetry, Home Care, Home infusion. Has 45 years experience. 11 Articles; 17,183 Posts

Look for Cleaning White Vinegar has higher acidic content--often found at Walmart to add to your wash; I also use to clean breathing equipment., needs extra rinse.

ruby_jane, BSN, RN

Specializes in ICU/community health/school nursing. Has 13 years experience. 3,142 Posts

Former ICU nurse here. I did not alter the scrub top. Just lifted it up and over. Wash hands, doff garb, wash hands again. Do you have long hair? If so, put it up/cover it.

JenTheSchoolRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in School nursing. 3,021 Posts

16 hours ago, ruby_jane said:

Former ICU nurse here. I did not alter the scrub top. Just lifted it up and over. Wash hands, doff garb, wash hands again. Do you have long hair? If so, put it up/cover it.

This is my plan. I also have long hair and long before this had perfected my bun for school using a giant clip. (Being able to put my hair up is actually why I keep it long, if that makes sense). My washer/dryer is in a closet in my kitchen space, which I walk into immediately at home, so I come home, wash hands, strip, throw clothes directly into the washer, wash hands again. And my crocs may come back out because I can wipe them clean easily.

Hoosier_RN, MSN

Specializes in dialysis. Has 29 years experience. 3,400 Posts

On 7/27/2020 at 10:28 AM, Nurse Trini said:

Lysol now makes a laundry sanitizer that doesn't contain bleach. Don't know much about it, but I'm likely to give it a try.

https://www.lysol.com/lysol-laundry-sanitizer/

My sis uses this and loves it. Me, it left a rash

BrisketRN, BSN, RN

Has 4 years experience. 915 Posts

Thank you everyone! I saw 30% strength vinegar in the cleaning section of Home Depot--I think I'll go with that. So much useful info! I appreciate it.

Flare, ASN, BSN

Specializes in school nursing, ortho, trauma. 5 Articles; 4,427 Posts

actually, I was thinking that I'd keep with the practice I started last school year of wearing a uniform (a la @OldDude). I think I will get in the habit of changing before I go home, so I'm not bringing the funk home in my car.

Daisy Joyce

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I switched to vinegar because I haven’t seen Lysol Laundry in MONTHS

BrisketRN, BSN, RN

Has 4 years experience. 915 Posts

On 7/28/2020 at 12:20 PM, Flare said:

actually, I was thinking that I'd keep with the practice I started last school year of wearing a uniform (a la @OldDude). I think I will get in the habit of changing before I go home, so I'm not bringing the funk home in my car.

Same for me--I've always worn scrubs to school. My choices when I started were wear scrubs or dress business casual and wear this massive lab coat (I'm a petite woman) that says "school nurse" with a cartoon of "diverse" children.

Keeperofbandages

Keeperofbandages, LPN

Specializes in School Health. Has 8 years experience. 129 Posts

I wear scrubs daily (with the exception of dress down days that everyone pays $1.00 to wear jeans and sometimes $1.00 to wear a specific color, sports shirts, etc.)