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Four tips for your scrubs shopping trip

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The wide selection of scrubs styles out there has transformed scrubs shopping from a chore to a delight. Now that there are flip-top pants and a variety of fashionably cute tops, you can find scrubs that both look and fit great.

While it’s important to feel good about what you’re wearing, you want to make sure you’re selecting the right (read: appropriate) fit for your body.

Here are some tips for your next scrubs shopping trip:

1. Ask yourself: Are these scrubs too revealing (e.g., cleavage, biceps, overall sex appeal)? If so, you should try a different style or size.

2. Remember that scrubs are chiefly designed for: a) comfort (12-hour shifts!), b) easy laundering and c) functionality. These criteria are crucial when you’re shopping for stylish scrubs.

3. Either buy petite or hem your scrub pants so they don’t drag on the floor.

4. Make sure your pockets can hold more than just a mini Sharpie and a quarter. Scrubs should have reasonably sized pockets so you can actually carry the tools needed for work, and you can look and function like the professional you are.

Are you looking at your clothes in a whole new light? Remember, scrubs were originally designed not for style but simply to protect you and the patient. Thank goodness we’ve passed beyond the era when nurses wore starched white dresses and hats.

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Rebekah Child

Rebekah Child attended the University of Southern California for her bachelor's in nursing and decided to brave the academic waters and return for her master's in nursing education, graduating in 2003 from Mount St. Mary's. Rebekah has also taught nursing clinical and theory at numerous Southern California nursing schools and has been an emergency nurse since 2002. She is currently one of the clinical educators for an emergency department in Southern California and a student (again!) in the doctoral program at the University of California, Los Angeles.
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4 Responses to Four tips for your scrubs shopping trip

  1. Sean Dent Scrubs Blogger

    I’m all about function over fashion with my scrub choices. I’m plain and boring – I stick to the solid colored top and bottoms.

  2. Elizabeth Weiss

    Now if we could only get a little more flexibility with nursing school scrubs instead of the ankle-tight pants.

  3. Shawnee

    I’m with Sean. I would rather be boring and functional than look all cute-sy and can’t fit a pen anywhere!

  4. Steph

    What’s wrong w/ looking & feeling good while working! But of course pay attention to the above tips!!!

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