Look the part

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Scrubs are the official uniform of nursing. And while they are practical, comfortable, and seem to serve many functions for us throughout the shift, there always comes a time when you need to look the part in a different way.  If there’s one thing I’ve learned indirectly throughout nursing school it’s that while we are a profession, we’re still struggling in many ways to be accepted everyone else in this role and really establish roots in the professional world.

So despite the assortment of colored and decorated scrubs that line our drawers and closets, I’ve learned that every professional nurse needs a business suit. If you don’t use it for anything else, get it for your job interviews. One instructor even told us “I don’t care if you buy it, wear it, leave the tag on and return it the next day, but wear a suit to your interview.”  Yes, it was a joke, but you need to look spiffy, presentable, and professional. You’ll blow them away with your first impression if you walk in looking confident and cool in your new suit.

And let me tell you, I could feel the energy just from dressing up in mine! While it’s an exciting feeling, there’s also a seriousness to it. Knowing that you’re taking on that professional role of nursing as well. You never know when you might need to make a presentation or attend a conference some day, and you’ll have that suit tucked away in the back of your closet, ready to dress you up.  Scrubs are what we wear on the floor, but when we’re presenting ourselves off the unit, we’re not only representing ourselves as nurses (or future nurses) but as professionals of nursing practice – make sure you look the part!

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Ani Burr, RN

I'm a brand new, full-fledged, fresh-out-of-school RN! And better yet, I landed the job of my dreams working with children. I love what I do, and while everyday on the job is a new (and sometimes scary) experience, I'm taking it all in - absorbing everything I can about this amazing profession we all fell in love with.

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2 Responses to Look the part

  1. Valeri D.

    I bought a gray skirt, a black dressy T-shirt and a white tailored jacket…. It has been my “lucky” suit. I have applied for 6 jobs in the past 10 or so years and only didn’t wear it once… That was the ONLY time I didn’t get the job offer. But, it was an every other weekend position that I really didn’t want anyway! ALWAYS have a suit for an interview!!! I now have my dream job (PACU Nurse) at a local hospital that I plan on having until I retire.. I truly believe its the “suit” that did it for me every time :)

  2. Stephanie Mc

    I have been to interviews wearing both business casual and scrubs. Sometimes I would have an interview just before having to go into work and I would simply wear scrubs to the interview. I have never been turned down for a position when wearing scrubs. I believe that the interviewers were more focused on my skills rather than what outfit I was wearing. Our job as nurses clearly depends upon the skills & experience we posess, rather than our appearance. Thankfully, nursing is a career that generally does not show prejudice when it comes to appearance. I am sure that there is the exception, but I have worked with fabulous nurses of all color, size, height, and appearance. A good nurse is a good nurse and u can’t judge a book by it’s cover. I believe that most employers in our industry feel the same way!