U. Hospitals and Clinics goes for professionalism with employee dress code
Speaking from a patient's perspective, this is great. More professionalism is
never a downside, and it should result in more confidence in the competence of
the caregivers.Those who say it takes away their freedom...well....
Unemployment can offer you the brand of freedom you want, but it probably pales
in comparison to the warm, fuzzy feeling of solvency and independence that a
Professionalism also breeds confidence. No one wants to be attended to by
someone who looks like they don't belong in a hospital or doctors office. Sloppy
looks unhygienic, and incompetent.
I cannot say how shocked I was when, years ago, I was at St. Mark's being
prepped for surgery when a young woman walked into the room and informed me that
more blood work was needed. I had been at the hospital the night before at
10:00 to make certain that all of that was taken care of and here she was:
streaks of green and pink in her hair and visible tattoos, piercings everywhere
and telling me that she wanted to draw more blood from me. I thought it was
some kind of joke and then discovered that it wasn't! I have threatened to have
a St. Mark's tattoo placed across my chest with a circle and line running
We tend to act as we dress. This is true in all settings. I saw a teacher at my
kids’ school have flip flops, tee shirt and levies on at the school during
the work day. I did not like it. When people enter into a professional carrier,
they should dress professionally. I am a self employed blue collar worker and
people who hire me tend to have more confidence in me when I dress appropriately
form my field of work. Also, I like it when I take my car to a repair shop that
has workers wearing appropriate attire. You know — Name on the shirt and
so on. “ We tend to act as we dress” .
Did you catch that nurses have to wear white? On what planet is wearing white
good for an occupation that is hands-on dealing with not so pleasant blood and
body fluids? I think the administration has dismissed the 30% without giving
their objections serious consideration. It sounds nice and hygienic, but in
real life . . . get real.
I don't know why the physicians and medical students should be exempted from any
dress code policy. The medical students, and especially residents and some
interns are notoriously unkempt and lax in their appearance at the University.
On more than one occasion I have mistaken a physician for someone
much lower on the hospital food chain. These mistaken identities were based
solely on the clothing, hair, and accessory choices they made. Many
doctors or staff fail to identify themselves as they enter a room. So I've made
it a habit to search for a visible name tag, employee ID, or embroidered name in
order to sort out the MD's from the RN's or other staff...
NO MORE FROSTED EYE SHADOW? WHAT OH NO!
just provide a uniform for each level of nurse and be done with the issue?I read a study once that patients cared for by attractive nurses
recovered faster and left the hospital sooner...likely because they were
motivated by their attempts to impress the nurse.I certainly
wouldn't mind my nurse showing a little cleavage.
The dress code should make it so it is clear and obvious just by looking at
someone as to what function they play in the hospital. A janitor should look
different from a nurse who should look different from a doctor.The
person drawing blood shouldn't look like they just came in begging from the
street.Of course as soon as this new health bill is rammed down our
throats and liberals push their socialists agenda on us. Everyone will be
dressed in drabbed olive green, and we'll have minders watching us and we'll
have to break out into spontaneous song and dance praising our liberal leaders
who saved us from capitalism!! Just like or soon to be North Korean friends
sing songs of praise to their leader spontaneously whenever cameras are
In this case, patients trump employees. Patients are in a vulnerable
state of health, and vulnerable state of mind.They deserve a
healthcare team who are qualified, serious and competent---and who LOOK like
they are COMPETENT.As a new mother at a SL hospital, it was
unnerving to have my tiny newborn worked on by a neonatal (female)nurse sporting
a spiked serious butch haircut and lots of piercings. I know she
must have been qualified--but why can't she LOOK qualified, instead of like
she'd just come in from a biker bar, or the lesbian convention??Maybe she DID just come in from the bar, or the convention--but must that be
our first thought on seeing her? Our first thoughts (unconscious and conscious)
should be: this person is just who I want dealing with my medical situation.There's plenty of off hours for health care workers to wear their
clothing and piercings of choice.
Thank You U of U. I took my son to see a young new dermatologist and the whole
staff there were looked so unprofessional. They all had in some way altered
there scrubs. I really don't mind the tattoos but when I can see your lower back
one while you are taking a medical history thats a problem and having your
scrubs ripped up the sides and dragging on the floor you don't look like you
work in a doctors office. I won't take my son back to that office.
As a former patient, I am glad they are adopting this new dress code. There are
quite a few industries where dress code is enforced, even retail stores and
restaurants have a dress code. I also remember seeing cleavages and wondered if
the old guy in next room would have a heart attack or an anxiety episode looking
at that. I closed my eyes everytime the nurse bended to take my signals. If you
work at a children's unit, then you're welcome to wear spongebob bottoms,
otherwise, solid colors do look professional. After all, aren't nurses
professionals or not?
I agree with this dress code, but white? Does not look flattering at all on a
person especially for the top. They should pick another color.
I would like to know if the nurse who is attending to me has "not so pleasant
blood and body fluids" from a previous patient on their clothing. I think they
might want to change their shirt for their own sake as well. Have an ample
supply available for their use and bleach them as needed.
Focusing on the most important healthcare issue of our lifetime.
It's about time we get professional looking professionals. If Wendy's employees
have to look professional in their uniforms, why not those who care for us when
we are sick or injured? When you dress professional you act more that way
When my son born in early 2008 and life-flighted to the NICU at Primary
Childrens, his first nurse had strands of pink hair and a fleece jacket and I
wouldn't have traded her for anyone else. She was spectacular for his first few
days of life. I love the cartoon scrubs they wear at Primary so I hope they
don't follow the U's code.
Hurray, hurray, hurray. As a nurse I say we should look like the professionals
we are and want to be respected for. Patients deserve to know the difference
between their nurse and their housekeeper, both have an important duty, as all
employees do. Name tags are obviously identifying but it is nice to be able to
identify by uniform also. A neat white uniform was what first attracted me to
wanting to be a nurse. There is just something about that look. Cartoon scrubs
in pediatrics- I don't mind that but cartoon scrubs on a Med Surg unit not so
This is not taking away anyones freedom. If employees do not like it they are
free to quit.
To the 2:57 commentor, At one point all nurses wore white. That is the
classic nurses uniform. Beyound that, since the fluids are bio-hazards,
you want clothing that makes them easy to find. Sure, you feel compelled to
wash it more often, but if blood spills on your shirt, should you just wear it
again the next day?
As a former patient, I was appalled at some of the shoddy scrubs worn by the
staff ... and it was difficult to tell who was legit, and who was not.Why not provide uniforms, and wash/sterilize them in the centralized laundry?
Provide changing areas, so people come to work in street clothes and change when
they arrive.NOW...let's move on to teachers, next. I don't mind
that Ogden man's tattoo as much as I mind the jeans & t-shirted
"professionals".....and that's the WOMEN! MAYBE if you looked like
a professional authority figure, the kids would respect and emulate you?As a society, we have become slobs.
I don't like being descriminated against. If I'm a janitor and want to wear a
color that is "reserved" for a nurse or doctor I should be able to. In the
country we live in we should have the RIGHT to wear what we want.
Looks are so much more important than anything else. I think we should require
that they all cut their hair (no facial hair either), only skirts for the women,
and white shirts and ties for the men. Obviously without the dress code the UU
hospital has been a complete failure, and the dress code (borrowed from the
missionaries?) may just be the only way to save it.
Glad to see the professional look come back. My mother in law was a nurse and
she wore the standard white uniform that nurses were suppose to wear. Now days
some of the nurses I have seen are so sloppy looking. We have become a sloppy
society. Now to clean up some of the teachers. Teachers use to dress up and
look nice, now a lot of them just look like the kids, at least where I live they
I am an employee of the University of Utah hospitals and clinics. I have
noticed the new dress code and I am impressed with how it looks. Good job guys!
Now if we can just tighten up the non patient contact dress code as well. I am
sick of seeing sweatpants pass as dress slacks, simply because the woman is over
weight. Or matching top and bottom (that look like pajamas) you buy at Wal-mart
shouldnt constitute business casual.
Hem. My wife just got out of the hospital last week after some heart related
surgery. She has been coughing ever since. When I used the restroom on the ward
it was not clean so I'm thinking........Also on uniforms and job and
freedom. Should we allow cops to dress more casual in the name of freedom. What
are the possibilities here?Finally when a mother is delivering her baby
should we allow everyone from the cafeteria or Wendys who would like to watch.
It seems sometimes that is what is happening. Now with the new uniforms we might
be able to identify as who should be there.
To the Anonymous contibutor at 6:10am who wrote: "Of course as soon as this new
health bill is rammed down our throats...we'll have to break out into
spontaneous song and dance praising our liberal leaders..." (edited slightly
for brevity)-----Way to get yourself to be taken seriously.
Not.As someone who's kind of on the fence on the heath care issue, I
just have to say that such obvious over-the-top hyperbole doesn't exactly help
convince others.Just kind of makes you and those you agree with look
like paranoid nutjobs.Take off the tinfoil hat, bring some common
sense to the table. Then we'll see.
*Gasp* No more Spongebob scrubs? :(
Doesn't matter to me....I wouldn't go to the U. Hospital if my life depended on
it. Perhaps the suits there to need to work on quality of care and antiquated
wait times, rather than mandating nurses wear white (real smart!!)
Good move - profesionalism is a good thing. This may be difficult to enforce,
but I applaud your efforts.
I guess only conservative looking people are qualified to work at a hospital. I
could care less how a person looks as long as they can do their job. Now if
they want to do this just give people a uniform and tell them to wear it.
Defining hair styles, tattoos, piercings, well it's just stone age thinking in
todays day and age. Tatts and facial piercings are the norm and keeping them
out of the workplace is severely going to limit your pool of talent.
"I don't like being descriminated against. If I'm a janitor and want to wear a
color that is "reserved" for a nurse or doctor I should be able to. In the
country we live in we should have the RIGHT to wear what we want"This is not descrimination!!! This is being required to wear a uniform in a
work setting. In my job I am required to wear a uniform of a color that differs
from other employees. This is a requirement of my employment. I certainly have
the RIGHT to terminate my employment and wear any color and style I want. I
prefer to be employed!!!
I worked for 2 casinos that had dress codes including many of the exact things
in this article. The funniest part of my story is that I worked upstairs in an
office that the public did not see. How would anyone object to hospital
employees adhering to this policy?
Cudos to the staff at the u of u hospital who have opted to finally present
themselves as professional care givers to the sick and injured. The traditional
nurses uniform commanded respect and purity. The nylon uniforms were easilly
washable and cleanable in the event that it became soiled. The nurse could
easilly step into the rest room and clean up and being nylon, would dry quickly.
There has always been respect for the ladies/men in white.
Spongebob scrubs wouldn't bother me in a Pediatric setting! Let the Peds staff
wear the cartoon characters for the kids' sake. Otherwise, I'm all in favor of
a dress code!
I am so releived to hear this. I firmly believe there is a direct correlation
between a professional dress and you get more professional care. Being a senior
citizen and having lived in Utah, Hawaii, back east, I've seen some pretty
pathetic health professional types. All I can say hurrah for Utah.
Wonderful News! Let's hope this is a trend setter in lots of areas!
With all due respect "Sue Red" I can tell you as someone that used to work in a
hospital for many years that if you take someones looks as a sign of their
ability you are on a fools journey.
Now if only we could get Salt Lake Regional to do something like this. Maybe I
would feel like they were taking their job a little more serious and that I
wasn't going to a rave party.
"Tatts and facial piercings are the norm..."Sorry Justin, but they
are only the norm among the prison population, gangs, in the drug culture, and
in the hard-core music culture. It doesn't take research to see that these
things are not the norm in business and retail settings, schools, neighborhoods,
churches, offices and other professional settings, etc.
So why not require the same of the Doctors? Why are they any different. Sounds
similar to the Obama administration and Congress. This is your health plan, NOT
ours!!I think that if a dress code requires specifics, then the hosptial
should supply the scrubs, and since scrubs can be purchased any where, by
anyone, the hospital supplied scrubs should be silk screen with the logo.
Many have talked about specific uniforms ... in many states, if a uniform is
required, the EMPLOYER must provide and launder it. You really think THAT is
going to be a cost-cutting measure?Personally, as long as I can tell
who is who (ID badges, anyone?) and they are clean, I'm not sure I care what
they look like. It is more how they act and take care of their patients.I'd much prefer excellent patient care over the ILLUSION of patient
I am all for professional dress codes - I will tell ya if a pilot came on board
my next flight wearing flip flops, cut offs and tank top I would think twice
about stayng on the flight
You haven't seen the dress code! They even talk about nose hair grooming...
Hurray!!! Professional people, in all lines of work, should recognize their
status and realize that their clients look up to them. A client or a customer
in a store needs to be able to distinguish employees from people off the street.
Some businesses have a "dress down day" once in a while and I feel this is
totally inappropriate.The student nurses and doctors should learn
and get used to these professional standards while they are in training. They
should not be excluded.I believe it is Ogden School District that
recently announced dress standards. Maybe the idea will pass on to other
businesses and professions.
Its about time. Now make the school teachers dress like they should have some
respect and maybe they will get some.
I think this is a great move. I am so tired of people in professional positions
acting casual and sloppy.Now, we can go after those girls and women
(and a few men) that wear pajama pants and slippers in public and look like they
literally just rolled out of bed.I do not like to see strangers in
their "at home" wear.
from article:"The new policy does not apply to the U.'s physicians or
medical students"why not? I'd be more concerned about the doctors
than the nurses.re - Anon | 12:59 a.m["here she was: streaks
of green and pink in her hair and visible tattoos, piercings everywhere and
telling me that she wanted to draw more blood from me. I thought it was some
kind of joke"]and you thought it was a joke because.... why? i
don't understand your point. because she had visible tattoos? peircings?
colored hair? what are you afraid of - it will rub off and you'll run out and
get peirced? THAT is the problem with you people. If someone is
dirty and unsanitary, sure you have a point, but why would you care about these
other things? You all only see what you want to see. You are SO concerned with
outward appearances.the people that post on this newspaper are the
most judgemental I have EVER heard of. I don't know if it's a Utah thing or a
mormon thing, but you all refuse to look past your biases.and that's
very sad, and unchristian
I agree that a dress code is important.Is white the best choice. Ms. Nightingale
did not wear white! Every nurses that works in a hospital setting comes with
the same basic knowledge, wearing white does not change that fact. Every
hospital employee does a poor job of identifying themselves but I do not believe
that spending over $100,000 on white uniforms is the answer. Allowance for
uniforms was $60.00. Would you be willing to wear a white uniform to keep your
job? Who are 70% of employees that agreed with the uniform code? Are they the
nurses in white? All the nurses are not wearing white! The dress code policy
is 9 pages. Are nurses going to do less - when wearing white uniforms (emptying
urinals, drains, cleaning up stool or assisting when a pt. is vomiting blood).
Also, does white really remain white after several washings? Bodily fluid on
any uniform is unacceptable. Does white uniforms change your level of care or
the overall why your care is delivered as a patient?
["We tend to act as we dress. This is true in all settings."]why
would you state an opinion as fact? your statement is not true. People act as
they act.I would rather be around a non-stuffy person in casual
clothes that knows what they are doing than some suit that acts all know-it-all
but can't even do their job right.Most people dress up because they
aren't good enough at their jobs to do it casual. So they compensate with their
clothes. "oh, they can't get rid of me - I wear a suit to work every day but
so-n-so doesn't". if you're really good at your job, you don't need to impress
anyone with your clothes. you impress them with your ability.now,
to originally get hired, you dress to impress. but once you're doing a great
job, dress code shouldn't matter.
re -- its more about the patients | 6:21 a.m["As a new mother at a
SL hospital, it was unnerving to have my tiny newborn worked on by a neonatal
(female)nurse sporting a spiked serious butch haircut and lots of piercings. I
know she must have been qualified--but why can't she LOOK qualified, instead of
like she'd just come in from a biker bar, or the lesbian convention??"]you said it yourself. "I know she must have been qualified". So if she was
qualified, why do you care what she looked like? i mean if she was dirty or
something that's one thing but some peircings?what about fat people?
I am not comfortable being worked on by obese people because if they can't even
take care of themselves how can they take care of me?should we have
a weight limit for nurses? should we have a cosmetic guideline (since bad acne
is unclean)?why are you all so worried about peircings? or short
hair? or colored hair?this must be the land of the superficial
all I can say is... you people sound REALLY old and judgemental.give it 50 years and you'll be caught up to 2010...
["Good move - profesionalism is a good thing. This may be difficult to enforce,
but I applaud your efforts"]clothes does NOT a professional
make...looks like you forgot to put "picker" on the end of your
re --- To Justin, from John | 12:36 p.m["Sorry Justin, but they
are only the norm among the prison population, gangs, in the drug culture, and
in the hard-core music culture."]wow. only in utah...you people need to get out more. john's statement is entirely untrue, and
merely reflects an opinion based on very limited scope of experience. once again, people in utah think that utahians are "the norm". and nothing
could be further from the truth.you have to realize... it's a new
world... and superficial people like yourselves are just going to be more and
more disappointed as time goes by...
You sound a bit naive. I work for a major Fortune 100 firm out east, and I can
tell you that "tatts and facial piercings" are definately NOT the norm, at least
among the professional crowd - and that includes younger employees. While I
have seen tatts and multiple piercings in the non-professional and lower job
ranks, they are VERY rare in the mid and upper level management ranks. In fact,
I can't think of a single person at my level (middle) or higher that has a
visible tatt or anything more than pierced ears.Good luck with your
wordview. You sound destined for a job that pays by the hour.
["I am all for professional dress codes - I will tell ya if a pilot came on
board my next flight wearing flip flops, cut offs and tank top I would think
twice about stayng on the flight "]and that is extremely funny...
because you would prefer a guy in a white shirt and tie (who probably barely
passed flight school) over the guy in the cutoffs and flip-flops, who probably
flew 100s of missions over vietnam... one will panic, and one will get you down
safely...the better you are at your job, the less you feel you need
to "dress to impress". Those that get all dressed up to provide the impression
they are so good, are the ones that are merely compensating for their inability.
If they dress casual, they are confident in their ability.
["Now, we can go after those girls and women (and a few men) that wear pajama
pants and slippers in public and look like they literally just rolled out of
bed. I do not like to see strangers in their "at home" wear."]so... now you're just talking about what people wear in public, not even
workers. It bothers you to see "strangers in their at home wear"... why would you even care? if they smell bad, tell them. if it amuses you for
them to wear pjs, tell them "girl - you forgot your pjs..." in a funny way and
laugh with them. but if you are ANNOYED when you see it, well then
there is simply no hope for you. you are very judgemental and will probably
always be so...good luck with that...
["You sound a bit naive. I work for a major Fortune 100 firm out east, and I can
tell you that "tatts and facial piercings" are definately NOT the norm, at least
among the professional crowd - and that includes younger employees"]it really depends on what you do and where you work, doesn't it? if you work
on wall street or are a highly paid executive, then no the norm isn't peircings.
But a lot of executives do have tattoos. I would bet that many of your peers
have tattoos and you don't even know it...we are not talking about
executives here. we are talking about the working folks. and on that, you are
wrong...if you are REALLY good at your job, tattoos and peircing
don't matter. it is when you have to deal with other people (the judgemental
people) - that's when it matters.to say Justin is destined for
hourly pay is very naive.does anyone disagree with the following
statement?"tattoos and peircings in no way reflect the ABILITY of
the person doing the job."just curious if anyone actually thinks
tattoos or peircings matter as far as job competency goes...
I work at the U. The rules up here don't apply to everyone. Management will use
this as an excuse to get rid of people they dont like. Each manager will let
their friends, nieces, kids etc that work in their departments wear whatever
they want. This is how life works at University Healthcare & everyone knows it.
My sister is nurse. While she is fine with the fact that they must wear a
uniform, she was really frustrated with the white shirts. She has to change her
shirt several times a day. Do you know how hard it is to get blood and other
bodily fluids out of a WHITE shirt. They really could have chosen a more
not that many people have facial peircings anyway. but lots of people have
tattoos. I don't think you can put those two things in the same category....
'Dress for Success' was published (and re-published) because the 'perception' of
professionalism is proven and world-wide ... and you "can work casual" only when
your skill and professionalism are recognized in your workplace. When you are
around strangers in your workplace, professional attire helps them to accept
your job skills as a given ... looking like a 'slob' engenders mistrust and
fear, and that is NOT good for hospital patients.On another level,
traditional 'professional' appearance indicates trustworthiness. The 'tats',
penetrations, and even vulgarity that are becoming popular reflect rebellion and
defiance of the 'norm', like 'hippie' and 'beatnik' wear (Google it). Frankly,
that kind of lifestyle emblem doesn't cause me to expect professionalism, far
more the opposite.
As an ER nurse, I wear a uniform - red scrubs, with white accents acceptable
only - and don't have a problem with it. However, I thought it was pretty funny
that when we switched to the dress code,about half the patients I had made
comments that they approved and the others actually asked why we quit wearing
the "cute" scrubs. You can't please everyone. And people still ask if I'm a
LPN, RN,EMT or MD, even with the color-coded scrubs and the HUGE "RN" hanging
beneath my name badge....AND after I begin each interaction with "Hi, I'm
Rebecca, one of the ER nurses..."
AMEN! Now, let's get some high schools to follow their lead!
White scrubs easily become soiled with blood and body fluids. It is difficult
to remove these stains and it is impractical to bring 4 or 5 tops to work so you
can change everytime your top becomes soiled in a 12 hours shift. The hospital
is not providing the scrubs or maintaining them. How is it better for the nurse
to take the bloody scrubs home and try to clean them without making the laundry
room a biohazard. And how nice are those white scrubs once they have sweat
stains and fluid stains that will not come out? It's very professional to have
dingy stained white tops
I don't care if you wear prints or solids. It is the way YOU ACT that matters
to me. AS for earrings, rings, makeup, fake long nails--no thank you.
somebody should check their facts rather than citing a suit's impression that
maybe 30% of employees mind. maybe a lot more people than that mind,
particularly in this economy. let's all buy new clothes, what a good idea! and
we can all afford it on our huge salaries, too. the only reason no big backlash
so far is that we employees are still in the laughing stage. i personally have
had to explain to several other employees what tube tops (forbidden) are. nice
to know the admins thought it necessary to bring in a no doubt highly paid image
consultant, too. how about a raise? didn't have one last year. as for all the
love it or leave it comments, get real. it's how you act, not how you dress,
My Daughter was born at a hospital in Georgia. The staff there looked
professional. What is wrong with wearing a uniform and looking professional? If
you look and act professional people will respect you. As far as the scrubs if
the personnel work in a pediatric ward I could see Sponge Bob scrubs if they
were not ripped.I'm a little surprised by this article. I have been
to SLC many times and most of the people I saw dressed nice.
I work at a hospital in CT with a similar dress code. I agree to a point. I
myself have tattoos but all are covered by my uniform. I agree a professional
look often breeds professional attitude, but professional looks can be achieved
without tight specifics. I worked at a different hospital where if it was
scrubs as medical staff it was okay, correctly fitting, clean scrubs that is.
White, however, is nearly impossible to keep clean and I also feel that if a
strict policy is made then an allowance should be given to staff. I recently
bought 5days worth of scrubs and scrub jackets and it was over $150, even those
savings your lives aren't made of money.
Loser Brandon is right. Managment will use this as an excuse to get rid of
people they don't personally like and bring in favorites. It's very clicky.And the whole $60 credit we each got towards our new scrubs did a lot of good!
Especially since no one got a cost of living raise last year and it's up in the
air as to whether we get one this year.
I work at the University and I think it is great! I even had trouble when I am
off my unit knowing who people are and what there role is. I agree that when
you look professional you act professional. Read the book, "Blink", people make
a judgement about you and whether or not you are capable instantly. If you want
complete freedom, choose to work for another company or another line of work.
It is refreshing to see an organization embrace the concepts of self respect and
professionalism by revising their dress code policy. Especially when the
employees spearheaded the change through Shared Governance.When we dress
for success, we are polished and professional. I applaude this Medical Center's
focus on their patients.
I think the conservative nature of this state is getting too extreme and it is
obviously flowing into our hospital policies. How is it that a nurse can have
completely fake platinum blonde hair on top, dark brown underneath, and that is
any better than someone wearing spongebob scrubs. Oh and lets not forget that it
is SOOO much better for some nimrod nurse to comply with the hospital dress
code, therefore giving false confidence to the patient, while an exceptional
nurse might like to wear one inch hoops in her ears, but that overshadows her
skill, experience, or intelligence. This dress policy is too extreme and
overshadows the real problem: COMPETENT EMPLOYEES!!! People here are so stinkin
concerned with appearance, and coming from California, I am truly amazed that
there is a group of people more superficial here than there. This policy is
infuriating and too extreme. HEAVEN FORBID INDIVIDUALITY!
The only thing that disturbs me is when I was a patient at the hospital the
Nurses wear white and so do the Nursing students. Not too comfortable not
knowing which is which??
I believe that many nurses are not very trusting that our adminastration is
really focused on their performance, as much as their looks. High performers
are usually educated, and feel good about themselves and may dress better as a
result. Lets face it, Enron did a lot of damage, and the fortune 500 companies
CEO'S and management teams have a lot of damage control to do. No trust,
especially with a management team that wants white tops in the staining fluid
filled environment of a nurse. Professional looks can be achieved by another
color. White is good when your have on a tie but not when you are caring for
someone who has tied one on.
I am an employee of the U of U and even I really like the new dress code. I
recently asked a nurse sitting at the desk in the ICU if she could place my
paper work in the patients chart as I was leaving the unit. She got all huffy
with me and said she was the charge nurse and not the secretary. How was I to
know? She was not dressed like a professional and certainly did not respond like
one.I will appreciate being able to identify the people I need to address in the
future without insulting them unintentally. Thanks for the new dress code.
Marianne Cahalan R.N.
Oh, and for the record -- office employees got exactly zero dollars toward new
clothing. And office clothing is more expensive than scrubs no matter how you
This policy didn't come from hospital administrators? Ha. Nobody I know voted
for white. Everyone I work with acts very professionally no matter what is
worn, and I don't think it helps the patient any better to know who is who. That
is why we introduce ourselves when we go into a patient's room. While I agree
people should look professional, this goes too far.
I agree with the new dress code and wish that my place of employment would adopt
a similar one. I guess I am a little old school but I don't think it would be a
bad idea for nurses to go back to the starched white uniforms. At least then you
knew that your nurse was being hygienic. The scrubs with the cartoon prints and
celebrity images (Elvis, Marilyn, James Dean and the likes) are OK for pediatric
units but have no place in any other environment.