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View Poll Results: Are you required to wear standardized uniforms?
Yes, I am required to wear a certain color/style as an RN 20 40.00%
No, I am able to wear what I want to work 28 56.00%
(If yes): My employer buys my uniforms 9 18.00%
(If yes): I buy my own uniforms 9 18.00%
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Old 11-16-2007, 11:55 PM
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I was jealous of the Univ. of TX students in their burnt orange. (Big deal in Austin,TX)

Yes! They're sooo adorable, and comfy as well (according to my friends). The A&M scrubs are just as cute and comfy. Ours would shock and horrify even the most seasoned nurse. They're the ugliest, most ill-fitting things I've ever seen.

ETA: I have to be able to wear a long-sleeved or 3/4 sleeve shirt beneath my scrub tops because of my tattoos. I actually had to be moved from one clinical facility to another prior to this semester because they wouldn't make an exception for my undershirt. A bit silly, really, but whatever. I didn't want to go there anyway! Yay for ink.
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Old 11-18-2007, 01:56 PM
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Nursing students get to wear scrubs? I had to wear a light blue and white pinstriped dress with a snap button front (complete with white or nude hose). I had to wear a white nursing cap that was annoying everytime I got my head yanked back from getting my cap caught on the IV poles that hung from the ceiling.

Awwww yes, but I suppose it built character!
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Old 11-19-2007, 03:43 PM
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Nursing students get to wear scrubs? I had to wear a light blue and white pinstriped dress with a snap button front (complete with white or nude hose). I had to wear a white nursing cap that was annoying everytime I got my head yanked back from getting my cap caught on the IV poles that hung from the ceiling.

Awwww yes, but I suppose it built character!
LOL. One of my instructors is forever lamenting the fact that nurses wear scrubs now. She's always telling us how sloppy they look, how unprofessional, how it was so much better when nurses wore dresses and hats...we just smile and nod our heads.
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Old 11-21-2007, 04:47 AM
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Mental Health dress code:
1. If you dress like the patients you're less likely to be bothered by new staff for their first 3 months.
2. Pockets must be big enough for your cigarettes and a lighter being always available.
3. Clothing needs to be completely dispensible due to potential self-soiling (when you have a dose of the really bad shifts).

I actually wear shirt and trousers on the shop floor. Tho on occasions of taking guys out in the community I prefer, if possible, to dress down a little so I don't look like their personal minder.

Weekends and nights - shorts and trainers mostly.
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Old 12-17-2007, 01:09 PM
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We wear scrubs - royal blue for the staff nurses, navy for charge nurses and beige for healthcare assistants.

Except for us, ITU, NNU and theatres, all the nurses in our hospital wear tunic tops and trousers following the same colour coding and there are posters everywhere identifying which uniform means what, so patients know who's who.

The hospital provides these for us and will even launder them for us for free - if you don't mind waiting a week for them!
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Old 12-17-2007, 09:10 PM
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We have to buy our own scrubs, we have to launder them ourselves, but we get to wear whatever (scrubs) we want. My husband hates it because he thinks that people don't know who the nurse is, who the doctor is and who housekeeping is. Maybe he's right, which is why I identify myself immediately as an RN and give my name.
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Old 12-18-2007, 01:34 AM
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My hospital has been critizised recently for the confusion between nursing staff and 'others'. There has been a change in uniform, so some people are wearing the old uniform while others are wearing the new.

As students we are alway visible (I have been on placment with other universities), and it is cool how all the uniforms differ between the universities, but everyone agrees that it is clear from our uniforms as to our possition. We have been commended on our uniform (Navy or white Polo T with Uni Crest and school name, Navy pants, black shoes) and they are easy to keep clean.

The annoying thing is with the PCAs (NA) who wear a similar uniform to the nursing staff. Patents are always complaining they can't get help, and it turns out that they have been asking the PCAs instead of calling for a nurse.
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We had a similar problem locally when the cleaners suddenly had uniforms very similar in colour to the ward nurses causing great confusion and general disgruntlement with the nurses. Not a great move!
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Old 01-06-2008, 07:29 PM
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I know when I stopped wearing my white dress and starched cap, my Mum cried that I had worked so hard to earn the right to wear that uniform and now I couldnt wait to get out of it.
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Old 01-08-2008, 02:48 AM
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Nursing students doing their clinicals at my hospital wear white with identifcation tags that clearly show that they are students.

Floor nurses, CNAs, and radiology staff wear self-selected scrubs that they purchase and maintain themselves. The OR staff wear hospital-provided and -maintained green scrubs. Labor and Delivery staff wear hospital-provided and -maintained blue scrubs. Lab techs wear hospital-provided white lab coats over their own casual and sturdy clothing. Security officers wear self-purchased and -maintained uniforms that resemble law enforcement uniforms - complete with shiny badges and handy stuff attached to their belts. Environmental Service staff wear hospital-provided blue scrubs (not the same as L&D). Engineers wear short-sleeved green polo shirts that have the hosptial logo on them and most ordinarily denim jeans. House Supervisors wear casual business attire topped with a white jacket. The CEO, VPs, managers, unit secretaries and dietary staff wear street clothes that varies in formality. Everyone wears a name tag. Everyone is supposed to wear closed-toe shoes. No one is to wear perfume! Tatoos need not be concealed, but bosoms and bottoms must be covered. Anyone providing care or preparing food must not wear false nails. Piercings are frowned upon and those who sport tongue rings/studs learn to smile with their teeth closed.

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