Should nurses wear a standard uniform?
What are the pro's and con's of a standard uniform for nurses?
They already have a uniform, the smocks they wear. I love how each nurse has a different shirt with new patterns and styles in the fabric. It is distracting from the horror of being at the hospital and soothes me because it doesn't feel real when visiting there.
what a classic question! here is what I have learned...wear your name tag with your credentials!! wear it so it is highly visible! then and even more important carry yourself in a competent and professional manner. No matter what else is on your body your actions will speak loud and clear of what creed you adhere to/that of a caring, service oriented profession
Being from the 'old school' of nursing, i do believe it is beneficial in many respects for nurses to have one particular uniform which has always been traditionally white, with a highly visible name tag.
This white uniform has signified an air of professionalism, purity, cleanliness, pride and the person wearing that uniform is easily distinguishable from other personnel.
Also, it is more apt to be washed (laundered) separately from other clothing thereby keeping the spread of germs at a minimum for the safety of both the patients the nurse is caring for, and the families they bring their germs home to.
With the new lower standards of professional dress for nurses it is difficult to distinguish who these 'professionals' are in a hospital, or other medical establishments, and can be confusing to patients as well as visitors. It also denotes a lack of pride for the professional nurses of today.
Just my humble opinion.
I'm not a nurse but I work in a hospital and I don't think wearing a particular uniform is necessary I know some nurses wear the coats but our name badges distinguish RNs with a nightly colored tag that hangs under the name badge saying RN it is noticeable even from a distance it's very soothing to see various colors plain white can be a trigger for stress to some people and the colors are distracting for children and babies keeping their mind off what is happening. It isn't unprofessional in my opinion as long as they take care of themselves in away that is presentable. It also means patients will respect all caregivers rather than feeling the need to snub one for wearing scrubs while the other wears dressier clothes. Besides most of the staff that are not caregivers have their own uniforms ie volunteers in our hospital wear bright pastel blue jackets and phlebotomists wear bright aqua scrub tops with the lab symbol on them... Short answer no but they should attempt to be presentable in order to show professionalism rather than laziness or sloppiness
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