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wykydtron

4/21/2014 1:10:07 PM
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New push to re-formalize nurses attire

http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/04/17/how-can-we-take-nurses-seriously-when-they-are-dressed-in-pyjamas-new-push-to-re-formalize-nurses-attire/  
 
What are your thoughts on this article?  
 
My two cents is that scrubs are professional enough for nurses and they can choose whats on the scrubs so it adds a bit of individuality however everyone and their dog has scrubs on at a hospital so why not just stitch in what their job is on the sleeve of the scrubs ex RN for Registered Nurse HCA for Health Care Aid etc etc.

 
 
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stuff

4/21/2014 1:25:00 PM
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I personally

think this is a little ridiculous. I like the fact thought that nursing students wear white scrubs, and in some places support staff wear green scrubs, but let the nurses wear what they want - as long as they are scrubs. I'm not a fan of yoga pants and a scrub top. But, that again is just my opinion. I love seeing the "funky" fun scrub tops that many nurses have. When you are a patient in a hospital, it's one minor form of brightness in the patients day. Especially if that nurse is known to have the fun scrub tops, seeing what they have next!

Daphne

4/21/2014 1:38:58 PM
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Depressing

By all means, wear scrubs. Comfy and easy to maintain. But for the love of God please lose the black ones. When I was a patient it made me think of a mortician. Just me but I found the really dark colors very depressing. You are not angels of death so don't dress like it.  
 
Edited by Daphne, 2014-04-21 13:40:15

Degenerate108

4/21/2014 2:17:05 PM
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wykydtron said "http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/04/17/how-can-we-take-nurses-seriously-when-they-are-dressed-in-pyjamas-new-push-to-re-formalize-nurses-attire/  
 
What are your thoughts on this article?  
 
My two cents is that scrubs are professional enough for nurses and they can choose whats on the scrubs so it adds a bit of individuality however everyone and their dog has scrubs on at a hospital so why not just stitch in what their job is on the sleeve of the scrubs ex RN for Registered Nurse HCA for Health Care Aid etc etc. "

All the name tags have the department someone belongs to, and they are supposed to be visible at all times.

foxtrot11

4/21/2014 2:38:53 PM
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I did not

Have an opinion one way or another until I read the article, now I can see a good reason for more formal attire or at the very least standardized outfits.  
 
The article mentions a good point, that everyone wears them, from garbage collectors to sterilization techs, to nurses. How can one have respect for their job if they are dressed so that one cannot pick them out of a line up of hospital workers?  
 
At the very least, I think colours should be standardized. I believe the only ones that should be allowed to wear the colourful patterned ones are in the childrens' ward.  
 
I think each department should have their own colour otherwise - pink for oncology, white for general, blue for surgical, etc Tags are not enough. I just think they should be wearing something more neat and tidy in some cases. Like the article said, some people look like they rolled out of bed, left their jammies on and went to work. I have seen that.  
 
Oh and definitely they need to bring back the hats!! (LOL - really, what did those accomplish?)

grease_monkey

4/21/2014 2:55:20 PM
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lol

A lot bigger issues they should be looking at instead of this, they should be finding ways to keep rural ERs open.

Kate.s.

4/21/2014 4:13:55 PM
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dislike

Nurses wearing "basically pyjamas" most are there at least 12 hours, have you can't even imagine what spilled on us and expected to perform treatments, lift patients, and etc while being basically contortionists because there's nowhere near ample space to provide patient care  
 
Also it's nice to once in a while wear the fun scrubs for holidays because long weekend and holidays don't apply you work in health care... Your nurse should always introduce himself or herself regardless of what color/pattern they are wearing  
 
Let's be honest there are way more important problems to address than what nurses where (unless they're not adhering to the dress code)

MeganH

4/21/2014 4:41:18 PM
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I wouldn't mind.

I have to say, as a HCA, I wouldn't mind if we all were assigned a color of scrubs to be worn. I've been employed in the health care system for 2 years now, and I still have a hard time sorting doctors from nurses from health care aides etc. If the employer wants me to wear a specific color, they should be prepared to purchase several pairs of scrubs for me. Then we'd all know who's who in our work environment. I sure would miss my fun colored tops and pants tho...when else would I wear a pair of purple pants

Ash_90

4/21/2014 5:08:41 PM
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Well

I think that those who work in paediatrics/children's section should be able to wear the fun scrub tops. I found that it gave them something to focus on. For example when getting bloodwork or needles they focused on counting the bears on the nurses scrubs and it helped.

Ash_90

4/21/2014 5:08:46 PM
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Well

I think that those who work in paediatrics/children's section should be able to wear the fun scrub tops. I found that it gave them something to focus on. For example when getting bloodwork or needles they focused on counting the bears on the nurses scrubs and it helped.

Pecan

4/21/2014 6:23:35 PM
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No thanks!!!

I work in the medical field and scrubs with the same colour all the time is boring! When you finish a program through school you are so glad to get rid of the outfit you have been wearing for the duration, it drives you crazy. People wear the colourful fun scrubs because you can express yourself and entertain the people you care for. Where I work, the colourfulness and pictures help people focus , it also helps by creating a more positive atmosphere, I have had many people tell me this. People I have cared for (pretty much all) say that if they are in a place for a while, they enjoy out fun scrubs because it gives them something else to look at rather then the same thing over and over again. We have name tags with our name and profession and we have them visible at all times , when we meet someone we introduce ourselves and reveal what are job is. I would rather not wear the same colour for the rest of my career

Marpet

4/21/2014 6:29:05 PM
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I think when...

...that nurse is working her a$$ off to keep you alive, your not going to give two shits what she's wearing. There are bigger problems in the health care system then government dictating what they can wear. Our nurses are already over worked with no relief in sight. Let them wear what they want.  
 
Marpet

ThatGuy1985

4/21/2014 7:21:10 PM
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...

Who cares? Seriously. Does it really matter what the person who is taking care of you is wearing? As long as it's not a health and safety violation, it doesn't matter.  
 
There are much bigger issues with the medical system to take care of before starting to nit-pick over colourful uniforms.

curlysister

4/21/2014 8:00:29 PM
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nova scotia

Nova Scotia did this already.

CDN

4/21/2014 8:19:54 PM
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..

  
ThatGuy1985 said "Who cares? Seriously. Does it really matter what the person who is taking care of you is wearing? As long as it's not a health and safety violation, it doesn't matter.  
 
There are much bigger issues with the medical system to take care of before starting to nit-pick over colourful uniforms. "

Totally Agree  
 
Unless you work there you don't need to be involved. If you do care then you are not sick enough and should not be there

summergal

4/21/2014 9:40:29 PM
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....

think of this...  
 
if they make standardized uniforms than most likely the rha will then be required to pay for these uniforms. since they would all have to be exactly the same they would have to order from a specific company and then its pretty hard to tell staff they have to pay for that (especially when some rha staff can maybe only budget for walmart scrubs).  
 
lets see should they spend money on clothes or on more important aspects of health care?

.:openminded:.

4/21/2014 9:49:17 PM
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interesting

Interesting topic!  
 
I think the formality of colours and what not would be great, but then again when I am in the hospital I do enjoy looking at all the scrubs.  
 
I am completely against yogas.. Really? Those are completely unprofessional and I get the article by saying "it looks like you don't want to be here"  
 
Any scrub top and any scrub bottom is fine with me  
 
Nametags I am sorry, but they get lost on busy scrub tops alot. That doesn't worry me though. If you're wearing a scrub I am confident that whether I was in need of a RN, doctor, HCA, etc. That they would help me identify him/her.  
 
Keep the fun scrubs, but please no yogas.

ece2

4/21/2014 10:02:47 PM
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I liked the

Funky coloured scrubs. I also liked the funky head thingys the surgical staff wear in the OR. However, i do see the benefit of a standardized scrub for departments. although I do fail to see why the RHA should have to pay for them. I know of lots of jobs that require a specific uniform and the employee pays for it. I don't know why the hospital/taxpayer should have too.

Suenomi

4/21/2014 10:11:12 PM
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My mum was a nurse....

In her day they had to wear white stockings and uniform dresses....they didn 't have to wear the nurses cap, but it was like a badge of honor....it was presented to them when they graduated......IMO, so long as they wear a clean outfit, scrubs etc...and are professional, it shouldn't matter...let them be comfortable, they put in long hard days...so let them have a little fun with colors.

justbreathe

4/21/2014 10:27:49 PM
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formalize it

I strongly agree that nurses should be in formal whites at all times. It should be a cost to the nurses, after all you can write off uniforms on your income tax. It brings back a level of professionalism.  
 
Doctors should be required to also "step up" their attire. Absolutely no blue jeans. RHA Tags and a stethoscope aren't always enough to denote them as a doctor.  
 
Support staff (HCA, lab techs etc.) Should also be in a standard colour.  
 
Only exception being nursing staff on the childrens floor.

Starhc

4/21/2014 11:04:10 PM
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great

as far as I can see, the 'push' is coming from their professional associations and the members within, and if most of them see the value in doing this for their everyday work, then I think it's great.  
 
As a potential patient I can certainly see the benefit of knowing who is coming to see you and what they can do for you. When we used to be candystripers back in the day we wore a very clear red and white striped smock for a reason - we weren't nurses or staff and it needed to be clear to patients that we were volunteers. Anyone dressed in scrubs may be considered a nurse or addressed as a nurse, unless you get up close and personal and look at their name tag. But they might be there to dump your garbage or clean your room.  
 
Nothing like telling someone your troubles or your pain or what is going on only to find out they're there to drop off your meal or bring you water. Many people aren't in hospital long enough to really know who is who.  
 
If all the nurses wore white at least you wouldn't be mistaken when you call someone a nurse, I think it adds to their professionalism. Now, whether white is a practical color for a job that is often messy - that is another consideration. But if they like the idea and want to standardize the way they dress I think it's great. There are plenty of support staff who can dress how they like and I am sure that there are ways nurses can still express themselves when they are working. But being able to identify a nurse from across the room or even the other end of the hall is a good thing in the hospital setting.

Gumby

4/21/2014 11:38:03 PM
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Wow....

Anyone insisting on nurses having to wear white at all times is obviously not a nurse or hasn't got anyone in the family that is a nurse. White??? Getting puke, crap or blood stains out of it would be a complete nightmare. Nurses put in long hours every day and the last thing they want to have to do is go home and on their days off try and bleach their clothes back to an acceptable shade of white. As long as they are wearing clean scrubs you should mind your own business and let them do their job.

Starhc

4/22/2014 12:06:01 AM
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well

Since the initiative is coming FROM the nurses (and I have several in my family, including one involved in the union who supports this initiative) then I can only assume they've considered the choices available to them and if they want to do this, we should support them.  
 
Not everyone is going to agree, but again - the initiative is coming from the nurses and their professional associations. Nobody's making them or not minding their own business. It is coming FROM them as a way to separate them as professionals from the other hospital staff members in order to provide consistency and better care.  
 
The article from the National Post does not make it clear that the push is coming from within the profession, nobody is making them - this is something they are choosing to do. In Saskatchewan they voted to support a "Wear White Campaign" and it is optional but it has been really well-received and if it becomes the norm in the profession, they may vote within their professional association to make it mandatory, like it is in Nova Scotia, where this idea originated.  
 
If they choose white as the color they want to represent their members, who am I to disagree?  
 
http://sun-nurses.sk.ca/index/wear-white  
 
http://globalnews.ca/news/1230552/saskatchewan-nurses-push-for-standard-uniforms-to-avoid-confusion/  

DarMar

4/22/2014 7:59:12 AM
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formalized it here as well

it's something that is long, long overdue. Without a standard of some kind people end up going to extremes. Took a patient to a hospital for an xray two weeks ago and we were met by the very young technician wearing a black t-shirt with some lettering and jeans. Could have bothered to shave that day too but by the look of him it was too much work to get ready to go to work. Totally inappropriate, things have gone way to far IMHO!!!

Gumby

4/22/2014 8:21:02 AM
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.....

I used to work maintenance in a hospital.(10 yrs ago) I doubt anything has changed at all since I left but I think the powers that be should probably be taking a good hard look at the amount of waste that goes on in a hospital and in the RHA's before they worry about the colour of a nurse's scrubs. They have way more pressing things on their plate than this.  
 
I saw stacks of perfectly good waiting room chairs, not a scratch on them, thrown out just because someone felt that they weren't the right colour to match the waiting room. An immaculate stainless steel cabinet on wheels sent to the dump because it was not needed anymore in one office. Nobody even tried to see if another hospital or nursing could use them. Chuck em out and get new stuff. I could go on and on about the waste in that facility. Then on the other hand they couldn't replace the crappy old pair of laundry machines in the nursing home because they had "no money" to do it. (being maintenance I got the job of having to discard this stuff)  
 
I don't think the colour of scrubs should be something of a concern when there are bigger issues that plague the health care industry in this country.

Alinurse

4/22/2014 9:34:05 AM
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Color least of my concern

First of all I would like to mention that I am a nurse so call me bias but i am not interested in spending my day...which could be possibly a 16 hr one I may add...in a little white dress with stockings and a hat. Has anyone tried to do their job in this attire...its ridiculous. For me I enjoy wearing nice bright colors and get complimented all the time on how cheery I look. I think if it becomes standardized that I wear a certain color or type of scrub then maybe they should look at other professions like teachers, lawyers, dentists and other professionals and maybe they shouldn't be allowed to wear jeans and certain clothes...just saying when you tell somebody what they should be wearing for work you are opening a big can of worms. How about people just appreciate the people in these professions for the wonderful, thankless work and countless hours they put in instead of complaining on how they dress. I think as long as they are clean, their scrubs fit properly and they look professional that should be what matters

Blue Eyed Cowgirl

4/22/2014 9:44:22 AM
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totally agree

  
ThatGuy1985 said "Who cares? Seriously. Does it really matter what the person who is taking care of you is wearing? As long as it's not a health and safety violation, it doesn't matter.  
 
There are much bigger issues with the medical system to take care of before starting to nit-pick over colourful uniforms. "

there are so many bigger issues than what someone is wearing

sokolovic

4/22/2014 10:03:53 AM
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...

Just so you know teachers do have a dress code and must adhere to it very strictly.

syphradic

4/22/2014 10:11:19 AM
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Uniform law

  
justbreathe said "I strongly agree that nurses should be in formal whites at all times. It should be a cost to the nurses, after all you can write off uniforms on your income tax. It brings back a level of professionalism.  
 
Doctors should be required to also "step up" their attire. Absolutely no blue jeans. RHA Tags and a stethoscope aren't always enough to denote them as a doctor.  
 
Support staff (HCA, lab techs etc.) Should also be in a standard colour.  
 
Only exception being nursing staff on the childrens floor. "

As per the gov't any company is required to provide a uniform ONLY when it has company-specific branding on it. As branded uniforms (such as the McDonald's) are only usable at that specific place of work.

Starhc

4/22/2014 10:28:47 AM
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again

In the provinces where there is a push for this, it is from the nurses themselves, not management or the health authorities or the government or whatever.  
 
And other than in Nova Scotia, it is not mandatory and it wouldn't ever be unless nurses wanted it that way. It's nothing for anyone else to worry about, the nurses will be the ones who decide whether or not this is a worthwhile effort to support by choosing to wear white, or not.

 
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