Scrubs are the official “uniform” of nurses and other hospital staff—and if everyone is wearing something different, it can be difficult for the patients to identify the steady stream of hospital staff entering their room each day. Patient satisfaction surveys in healthcare systems throughout the U.S. have determined that color coding scrubs according to title, helps alleviate the confusion. Some RNs report more convenience with healthcare issued scrubs; others dislike the policy and prefer the freedom to wear whatever they want to work.
What about your healthcare employer? Have you, as an RN, witnessed patients mixing up staff roles and reporting the wrong information—thinking, for example, that the staff member who brings the food is an RN or vice-verse? Would you prefer to wear scrubs of your choosing to the hospital, or are you in favor of color coding? Share your opinion by leaving a comment on 50 States Staffing Facebook or Twitter pages, where hot jobs in healthcare are advertised daily!
7 Questions That Pertain to Lovin’ Your Scrubs!
- What is your color of choice?
- Do you find it’s less expensive to wear color coded scrubs?
- Does your healthcare employer supply and launder your scrubs as part of its color coding uniform system?
- What do you do to personalize your scrubs?
- Do you accessorize with an undershirt to show a contrast in color, above the V-neck of your scrubs?
- Do you wear fashionable shoes, i.e. clogs?
- Do you think color coded scrubs help patients identify the roles of their caregivers?
So, What Are the Pros of Color Coding…?
The pros of color coding scrubs are:
- It can be helpful to stand out. Patients can easily discern the PCAs from the RNs—and it doesn’t hurt that nurses don’t have to worry over what to wear.
- It can take the guesswork out of dressing for your nursing job! However some RNs feel color coding is pointless unless patients have charts in their rooms, illustrating the differences between uniforms. With this in mind, more hospitals are developing these charts, with the intent of including them in the admission packets placed in patients’ rooms.
**The Cleveland Clinic implemented color coding in 2005, and has since issued more than 2,600 healthcare workers color-coded uniforms. RNs at the Cleveland Clinic, one of America’s best hospitals, are issued six uniform pieces; these range from scrub pants and tops to button-up polo shirts, jackets and A-line dresses. The hospital pays the full cost of the wardrobe, and has seen patient satisfaction levels rise because of it.
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**Information about Cleveland Clinics color coding policy was taken from Scrubs Magazine.