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Nursing uniforms going back to white?

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The University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics recently joined the ranks of hospitals requiring white uniforms for nurses.  The new dress code, which requires all nurses to wear white with red, navy or black bottoms, is “a reflection that we take our job seriously,” said hospital spokesman Chris Nelson.
Other hospitals, including the Cleveland Clinic, Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta and Miami Valley Hospital in Ohio, have adapted similar policies — often after receiving complaints about non-responsive nurses.  Patients, it seems, were confused by the constant parade of people in scrubs.  All too often, they’d ask questions of an employee they assumed to be a nurse, but who turned out to be a representative of housekeeping or dietary.

What patients think of nurses in white scrubs…

Jennifer Fink, RN, BSN
Jennifer is a professional freelance writer with over eight years experience as a hospital nurse. She has clinical experience in adult health, including med-surg, geriatrics and transplant; she also has a particular interest in women’s health and cancer care. Jennifer has written a variety of health and parenting articles for national publications.

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