What do you wear to work?

Do you have the ease of waking up every morning and putting on a required uniform, or are you allowed the creativity to pick out what you will don each day?

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Terry Joyce_Gerald August 14, 2013 at 10:21 am

I wear scrubs in the Nicu, however at this time we wear what ever we choose. At this time I would rather change and wear one color to work everyday. I am tired of picking out matching tops/pants each morning. I would like the choice to buy my own brand if it is on my dime.

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NM August 13, 2013 at 1:29 pm

My department is not required to wear uniforms (yet), however I prefer wearing scrubs. I wear them each day and find it easier and for practical for me. I do find that the colors chosen for other departments are very depressing. Dark colors, in my opinion, not a good choice. Lastly, the company in which the required scrubs are order, are poorly made and I've personally spoke with and heard employees of the nursing department express their dislike in these uniforms. If the uniforms are going to be mandatory, employees should be able to chose where they purchase them (since JHBMC is not buying them). Most companies these days can do company required patches or embroidery so staying "uniform" should not be an issue.

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ARTwork August 12, 2013 at 5:15 pm

I do not mind uniforms, however, OURS ARE PUKE GREEN AND OUR PT'S HATE IT! A more delightful color was truly expected by all. I'm sure NO ONE who actually has to wear this chose this awful color. I ask every pt that complains to WRITE A LETTER.

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uwood August 12, 2013 at 4:41 pm

I agree with several others MJD, bde, R.MartinRN, on 214
I would like to have been as able to vote upon the options of colors ,weather to mix a
white top or slacks ,with the designated dark colored uniforms. I can only hope that the
staff working in PEDS and NEWBOBN ars still wearing happy fun prints and colors.

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shaunte' August 12, 2013 at 3:51 pm

I wear bus casual but would love to wear a uniform!!!!!!! I think it should be a choice/option for all!!!!

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MJD August 12, 2013 at 2:14 pm

Patients like to see CHEERFUL in the form of.....smiles, cleanliness, happiness, organization, and pleasant color! Since the implementation of manditory uniforms, so many patients are mentioning their distasteful appearance and how drab/depressing they look. I have to say...I AGREE! So the best I can come up with in order to brighten the look is to start a colorful collection of lanyards and socks...maybe that will help! My personal opinion is that the uniforms should be optional.

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Thomas Schmidt August 12, 2013 at 1:29 pm

As nurse manager of an acute locked Psychiatric unit; I wear my own "uniform" of a black polo shirt and dress pants. I call it "promoting confidence through consistency." Look professional: act professional: be professional.

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phil August 12, 2013 at 11:54 am

I change into the mandated scrubs when I get to work. I will not wear a uniform in/out of my facility. It puts you at risk and makes you an unnecessary target for the criminal element.

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bde August 12, 2013 at 11:41 am

with all the talk about standardizing uniforms now you dont know which nurse is taking care of you when EVERYONE is wearing the same color. Guess purple friday is not a standard uniform color either. I think staff should have guidelines but some flexibility in mixing and matching similar colors. white top or white pants with blue is reasonable or even adding a print top with the standard bottoms. Patients enjoy seeing the themed scrubs for holidays, sports teams and breast cancer awareness as an example. Makes a unit more friendly and pt friendly.

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Carol Hoover, RN August 12, 2013 at 10:21 am

Most days I wear a uniform, but on days when I have plans, after work, I where nice casual clothes. I don't think shorts or tee shirts (non-business casual) should be worn to work.

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John August 12, 2013 at 10:04 am

We should consider business casual, not suits or ties.

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F August 12, 2013 at 9:38 am

As a scientist on faculty at the main hospital, I choose what I wear and I would call it business casual on most days. I would love to wear comfortable and practical (if the cargo style) scrubs to work each day or days when I'm doing experiments. I sweat, get pooped and peed on by my subjects and manhandle equipment and doing that in a skirt/slacks and nice shirt is no good. However, meeting collaborators in scrubs might not be good so I'm screwed either way. I prefer comfort and practicality over aesthetics any day but I also approve of a standardized dress code at work.

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Bonnie C August 12, 2013 at 9:37 am

I have a variety of "business casual" slacks & blouses I wear. These seem to be o.k. most of the time, but it would be great to not have to need pockets every day. I have some great clothes I can't wear to work because they don't have pockets (and I have to carry keys, pager, etc. & don't want to lug around a purse all day).

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Mia Lacy August 12, 2013 at 9:33 am

I wear scrubs, any color will do

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Alex August 12, 2013 at 9:21 am

Suit and tie. Even on casual Friday, I gotta stay classy!

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Janet August 15, 2013 at 8:39 am

Alex is one of the department's best dressed!

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Regina Martin R.N. August 12, 2013 at 9:15 am

I prefer to wear my own colorful scrubbs, and not the same uniform every day.If I had been asked this prior to wearing the same scrubbs every day I would have voted this way

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Bethm214 August 12, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Amen to that! The uniform scrubs don't please me at all.

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SHARON August 12, 2013 at 9:07 am

MOST OF THE PTS IN IR DON'T LIKE THEM ,NOT CHEEFUL. I DON'T LIKE GREEN WISH WE CAN PARE IT OTHER COLORS. YELLOW, BLUE, TEAL

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Danielle August 12, 2013 at 9:05 am

I am required to wear a uniform everyday yet I onlt easier than picking out a different outfit daily. although I do like the convenience 🙂 and the colors!.

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Gail August 12, 2013 at 9:02 am

I wish we could be told what color to wear, but purchase our own brand. The Cherokee brand fades quickly and it is expensive to purchase through hopkins.

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Tayna Jones August 12, 2013 at 9:01 am

I think that there should be a professional dress code. I have observed employees reporting to work as if they are going to the club,on a date or to the store or the beach.

There should be standards of professionalism in the work place. We have a new generation of young adults who are not aware of what is appropiate for work and or interview attire.. So when they arrive at their place of emloyment they don't see examples of appropiate work attire, then we want to blame or punish them for doing what they see.

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Debra Gayles August 12, 2013 at 8:54 am

I work at multible sites and what I wear depends on where I am and what I am doing.
Most times I can wear what i want within reason underneath a lab jacket. Casulal Friday is observed at the clinic where I work, That includes sports team colors.

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Debra Gayles August 12, 2013 at 8:56 am

Pardon the Typo's :-0

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mary hall August 12, 2013 at 8:37 am

I do not have a problem wearing a uniform, it is just the colors. I wear a beige top and black pants,the pants are fine.It's just the beige top gets stains on them and you have to be careful because you don't want to look dirty at work. And they are hard to keep clean.

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RAE SMITH August 12, 2013 at 8:29 am

I would prefer to wear a uniform. I work in Patient Financial Services at Keswick. We are allowed to wear work casual.

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Catherine Bishop, DNP, NP, AOCNP August 12, 2013 at 8:24 am

To create consistency throughout Hopkins RNs should wear the same scrubs in every institution (Howard, Sibley and Suburban) with the same credentials after their name on the ID badge (as applicable). I would like to see all professional disciplines have the highest degree after their name, and certification, if applicable.
Example: Mary Smith, BSN, RN, OCN. This allows patients to understand education, role and the comittment to certification in that speciality.

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lhurowi1 August 12, 2013 at 8:14 am

wish I could wear a uniform, too much trouble to figure out what to wear in the morning, also a uniform would look more professional than random clothes (even suits)

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Angela Hamm August 12, 2013 at 8:12 am

the green uniforms are dreadful colos family and patients complain about the color. Would be nice of we could allernae with white pants or whit tops.

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Melony August 12, 2013 at 7:34 am

I think all employees should wear uniforms. Wearing uniforms will clearly set employees apart from patients. Johns Hopkins is an overwhelming institution, patients, their families, and especially first time patients, should know who they can approach with questions whether its just to ask for directions.

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Cheryl Heck,PA-C August 12, 2013 at 7:33 am

The NUS department has a dress code of casual nice clothes to and from work, but once here, we have to change into the blue scrubs of the Zayed ORs.

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mdackman August 12, 2013 at 7:26 am

I used to love the days when we were allowed to have some say in what we wear. Now I wear very dull looking scrubs daily leaving little room for my own personal but always professional touch

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Bethm214 August 12, 2013 at 1:07 pm

Agree.

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Susan Reed August 12, 2013 at 7:14 am

It is tiresome to try to figure out what to wear each day. It would be nice if we had a uniform only if it was something decent looking like kaki slacks and a crisp clean shirt with a vest with your department label on it.

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Mario Duhon August 12, 2013 at 7:04 am

The dress code around Hopkins is too relaxed. No one should be allowed to wear casual attire- jeans, flip flops, shorts, tee-shirt.

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NM August 13, 2013 at 1:35 pm

I completely agree. Flip flops at work is not a professional look at all, no matter where you are working in the hospital.

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Gail ARMSTEAD August 12, 2013 at 5:45 am

Don't like the cheaply made uniform. Quality is bad uniform runs nd does not press well .

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