As I was blissfully indulging myself in a medley of Radiohead songs, I was pleasantly surprised to see a chat message from an old friend. Listening to 90’s music couldn’t have been more appropriate as a backdrop for a long overdue conversation with a dear friend. She is now a successful nurse at a hospital in New Jersey, and I couldn’t be happier for her. We chatted about her experiences working as a health professional and inevitably dwelled on the topic of Healthcare uniforms.
It turns out that she is merely one among many nurses at their hospital who has a gripe or two about their uniforms. You wouldn’t think that such professionals would get all worked up about their Medical tunics, but I guess they do. It matters a lot to them how they look in front of hospital patients, and for good measure. They want to project an image of confidence, but how can they possibly do that if they feel uncomfortable in what they wear?
It goes without saying that medical uniforms should be both functional and fashionable. They should be made of material strong enough to withstand harsh elements which medical staff may come in contact with. Medical dresses may not exactly be New York runway material, nonetheless, they play an important role in a health professional’s job performance.
Image is everything, they say. The Florence Nightingale- inspired nurse outfit of yesteryears has most certainly come a long way. You’d hardly find today’s nurses donning that white dress with the white hat and cross. What used to denote professionalism can now be found in the pages of a fantasy lingerie catalog.
If hospitals and healthcare institutions want to keep their competent staff happy, they should open their minds to the wide array of modern yet professional-looking medical uniform designs out there. Happy health workers make happier patients.