On Uniforms and Healthcare

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 sayThe 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.


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  1. Optimistic Mom says

    The topic of uniforms is always a hot topic among staff, especially when you have a variety of generations working in an area.
    Some nurses still wear the traditional white dress & cap..no I am not joking.
    Others prefer comfy scrubs with lots of pockets, some with designs, solids, etc.
    Ultimately it will be the decision of the organization, but health workers should have a voice.

  2. This topic is really hot topic,Because this is depend upon organizaton dresses and also depend on employee behavior.Mainly depend on Think.

  3. Canadian says

    I love it when medical staff wear pastel
    colored uniforms.

  4. Slips for Women says

    It is all about respect. I will not like paying so much for hospital and then nurses wear whatever they like. They need to look professional and the only way to get that right is have everyone wear the same outfit.

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