Monday, August 24, 2009

the reality ...

... $115 bucks for a pair of boxy white clogs and $65 for some shapeless scrubs.


sigh.

11 comments:

RJW said...

You changed your hair! :)

lavatea said...

$65 for scrubs? How many pairs did you get for that?? I have to buy new shoes myself. :(

expat said...

While I am definitely with you on the scrubs issue, believe me, you really wouldn't want nurses to go back to wearing those nasty starched caps.

Dymphna said...

Remember when nurses looked distinctive? When I was in the hospital I didn't know (and I was too sick to care) who was touching me. The RNs, LPNs, nurse's aides, cleaning ladies, blood stickers and the lunch guy were all dressed the same.

Anonymous said...

Shapeless scrubs they may be, but after a while it really feels like you're working in pajamas. And trust me, you won't mind as much when you get them stained rather than your good blouse and slacks.
Angela

Robert said...

Until you posted that photo I hadn't considered just how similar this looks to a nun getting her habit.

I bet someone with an interest in nuns and nurses could get a good blog post or two out of this. (Just sayin'.)

eulogos said...

In my hospital we could wear a colored scrub top (any color but ciel blue, which could only be worn by Maternity nurses, since we were to report anyone seen carrying or transporting an infant NOT in ciel blue) but the pants or skirt had to be white. And the shoes. A lot of nurses still wore a full white uniform; I often did myself. Some of those who had graduated from schools which still gave caps were proud to wear them. And they were some of the best nurses going.
At the very least, badges should indicate in large letters whether the person is nurse or aide.
Housekeeping wore pink smocks at my hospital, so you could tell them.
But I would vote for a distinctive uniform. Even though scrubs are more comfortable.
Susan Peterson

Lola said...

My favorite photo of my mother is her Nursing School Graduation Photo. Her cap on and beaming smile.

Oh, and the starched pressed white uniforms!

She told me scrubs were how the hospital Admin kept the patients from know who was taking care of them.
Then you won't notice the nursing shortage...

I've seen some tidy scubs. The ones that cross over look much better and have a little more 'shape'.

Carolina Cannonball said...

"She told me scrubs were how the hospital Admin kept the patients from know who was taking care of them."

Lola, that would be accurate.

Jon said...

My mother (who's 69), and grandmother were both nurses trained by the Sisters of Mercy in the Diocese of Buffalo. They were forever fussing over their uniforms and starched caps.

I remember Mom would always be upset if she came home and her nice luminescent uniform was spattered with gore (my brothers and I thought it was cool). She'd get out the Lestoil and scrub and scrub until it came white again.

She's still working, dispensing meds - not far from you down in NC - but she much prefers working in her PJ's.

shussong said...

I was a Candy Striper in the mid 70's in high school..even with the red and white distinctive smocks I was forever and a day being called "nurse"..we had both civilian nurses and "Sister" nurses--I can't remember what order the "Sister" nurses were..but they did have the traditional white nurses uniform/dress and the shoulder-length veil instead of the cap...

And we feared the RN's, especially the charge nurse..seemed like we could never please her. And she had to sign our sheet of volunteer hours..

I DID learn how to make a bed right with proper hospital corners though....could bounce a quarter off them..and learned not to get sick at the sight of blood, or vomit, or poop..sure helped a bunch when I went into the military...