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Why do you wear a white coat? (if you indeed do)

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RNdynamic has 5 years experience and specializes in Critical Care, Float Pool Nursing.

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mommy.19 has 7 years experience as a MSN, RN, APRN.

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I understand the history of the white coat, but due to spread of nosocomial infection, and the disgusting nature of sleeves alone, I do not wear one. In my MSN/APRN CNS program, we are allowed to wear a fleece vest with the college of nursing logo over professional attire. I find it more important that name tags appropriately identify staff so patients and visitors can easily see.

And please refer to PAs and APRNs as "advanced practice providers", which is our preferred title :) Mid-level is a term that many national nursing associations have discredited as a title, which carries a connotation that other providers somehow give higher quality of care. I understand this will take many years and 'elevator speeches' to change, and I appreciate you taking the time to read my post!

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RNdynamic said:
Omg, ewwwwwww.

I was very young and pretty naive when I heard the docs talking about that. I couldn't believe they really said it. But that was about 46 years ago. They wouldn't dare say that now. Right? So I agree- ewwwwwwww.

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nurselabrat said:
I was very young and pretty naive when I heard the docs talking about that. I couldn't believe they really said it. But that was about 46 years ago. They wouldn't dare say that now. Right? So I agree- ewwwwwwww.

I had a psychiatrist tell me not two months ago that his favorite part of his job is physical exams on attractive women. That conversation didn't go well for him, which is the real sign of the times. Physicians are just as diverse as the rest of us, and some are gross, but when he started practice a nurse never would have called him out for it.

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RN. has 29 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Perianesthesia.

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DT56 said:
Lab coats are professional and clean. You shouldn't be speaking for others who are professionals...

Drew Totten, MSN, BS, RN, CLNC

To whom are you responding?

I don't believe your post is quite clear on who should not be speaking for others who are professionals.

Nurse, MSN, RN, CCRN, PHN, CNL

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[emoji768 said:
Nurse;8942641]To whom are you responding?

I don't believe your post is quite clear on who should not be speaking for others who are professionals.

Nurse, MSN, RN, CCRN, PHN, CNL

I like this trend of writing credentials on our posts. It's like the text version of a lab coat, and just as useful.

Dogen, BA, BSN, RN-BC, CMHFA, BLS, BBQ, HIMOM

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RN. has 29 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Perianesthesia.

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Dogen said:
I like this trend of writing credentials on our posts. It's like the text version of a lab coat, and just as useful.

Dogen, BA, BSN, RN-BC, CMHFA, BLS, BBQ, HIMOM

I KNOW !!!

I thought it was a new thing or something? LOL.

®Nurse, MSN, RN, CCRN, PHN, CNL, OMG,

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RNdynamic said:
I strongly disagree that lab coats, generally, are clean. I don't know if you meant "they have a clean appearance" or whatever, and while that may be true to a layperson, lab coats are not truly clean items to wear around. For one thing, lab coats are usually worn multiple times, sometimes for weeks, without being laundered, unlike a set of scrubs or some business casual outfit that you wear for one day then take to the laundress before wearing them again. They also get gritty and dirty when hung over chairs. I've even seen on-call doctors put those gritty, dirty lab coats back on after they dragged on the floor so that they can go to their on-call room and sleep in a nice, gritty, dirty bed for the night.

To the idea that they look clean: lab coats also show pen marks, coffee stains, and very bad wrinkles in the *** region.

What is a laundress, RNdynamic?

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Dogen said:
I like this trend of writing credentials on our posts. It's like the text version of a lab coat, and just as useful.

Dogen, BA, BSN, RN-BC, CMHFA, BLS, BBQ, HIMOM

And much cleaner.

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Farawyn said:
What is a laundress, RNdynamic?

You beat me to it. I am guessing a laundress is a chick who does laundry while sporting long, flowing, well-oiled locks of hair

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Dogen has 1 years experience and specializes in Behavioral Health.

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Farawyn said:
And much cleaner.

Only because the filter removed my first attempt at some non-traditional credentials.

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I guess the cleanliness part really depends on the person wearing them. I have one for every day that I work and at the end of the work week they get washed and bleached. I work around blood and crap all the time, so I like to keep my clothes and arms covered. I usually wear a lab jacket, not a long coat, but I don't get to sit down long enough to get too many wrinkles in them. LOL. I do cringe at the thought of wearing a nasty lab coat though, and I have seen a few of them. I guess we just see them as functional not fashionable.

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I know. It certainly has changed over the years. I know as a nurse now, I would never put up with some of the stuff that was expected or tolerated years ago. I've quit several jobs due to the harassment. But I got older and things changed, for the better I think.

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