“The pendulum has swung back to dress codes,” says Kimberley S. Glassman, PhD, RN, a faculty member at New York University’s College of Nursing. “For a while, everybody took their eye off the ball and nurses looked awful…T-shirts, belly shirts, skin showing, scrubs way down on the hips…some really inappropriate things were allowed.”
Glassman says that because hospitals and nursing schools did let things slide for quite some time, now they’re having to do some backtracking, some damage control. Of course, they’re not mandating the old-fashioned white dress uniforms, the white duty shoes and the white caps—oh, wouldn’t that be fun? No, the new dress codes tend to be more along the lines of a particular color of scrubs, since scrubs have become the popular, ultra-practical, ultra-comfortable garb of nurses today.
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