Comment of the week: Slippery when wet

I remember seeing a young lady wearing white scrub pants on a cardiac unit with a patient on telemetry, of all things, wearing underwear that read “JUICY” and “SLIPPERY WHEN WET.” Talk about causing another heart attack or increased heart rates in patients who have had cardiac issues or are being monitored. This person was asked to come outside the room and was spoken to about this. She had to change, and she apologized because she had just thrown on a pair of white underwear and didn’t realize she grabbed the white pair with neon pink and green writing with the phrases mentioned above. She did laugh it off and said it was a good thing she didn’t cause any heart attacks during her shift. She was glad to have had someone bring it to her attention because she was really tired that morning and just threw on a pair thinking she grabbed her solids.

Now what if a patient had a cardiac event and was questioned about what events took place before his symptoms started? Or what he was doing when he started feeling symptoms? That would have been an interesting story for sure… “Well, I was watching the nurse empty my foley and when she bent down to… I saw the phrase through her white scrub pants…and, well…that’s when I started feeling those heart palpitations and that’s all I remember….”

—Evelyn, BSN, ADN, RN, on Top 6 ridiculous nursing uniform policies

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3 Responses to Comment of the week: Slippery when wet

  1. Evelyn - BSN, ADN, RN

    I laughed when I got an email in my in box from scrubs magazine reading Comment of the Week, “Slippery When Wet”. I cannot believe it! I made the comment of the week. Thanks to everyone who liked this. It is a very funny statement to read, but not through scrub pants. Its something for a private affair I must say. Not unless your job is in the field of teasing and taunting: dancers/strippers, adult videos, S&M clubs, etc etc, but not for those in the Nursing Field “On the Job”, now I’m not saying nurses are should not wear those, its quite the opposite. Just not at work with see through scrubs. Now if you want at home in your private time, well have fun!!! Just don’t do this at work……Scrubs Mag is the Best!

  2. vheishman

    Wild socks (under scrubs) or T-shirts (under scrubs) maybe, but inappropriate underwear under “see through” scrubs…just no…let’s show a little restraint and professionalism and respect for our patients.

    • Steph Student

      Did you even read the article? It was a mistake…and everyone makes them, so maybe don’t be judgmental about it…