Scrubs style history: When dresses were the dress code
Take a trip down memory lane with UK nurse Penny Hammond as she remembers the look, and the life, of getting “dressed” for work.
In Britain, the national uniform (or simply “national”) was designed with the advent of national health care in 1948, and the Newcastle dress.
It would appear that the Newcastle dress, worn by nurses at Freeman Hospital, Newcastle, UK, was chosen for its style over its function. It was certainly awkward to get into and sometimes uncomfortable to move around in. However, seeing photos of girls in this dress does give me a certain sense of nostalgia for my time as a student and registered nurse.
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