Dress Like You Mean It
When I first graduated from PTA school and began work in a hospital I did not even consider wearing scrubs. I wore khakis, a button down shirt and a tie. I gave up the tie after several months but kept with the pants and shirts and continue to do so even today.
The neurologist we take our daughter to (she has bilateral temporal lobe epilepsy) dresses like he just came out of a GQ photo shoot with Annie Leibovitz. Why can't therapists look like that?
I don't suggest we all dress in suits and ties, but pants and button down shirts are professional, so are polo shirts, especially if the polo shirts have the company logo on them.
Now, let me discuss scrubs-not the T.V. show but the ones some people wear. Look around at your work site, count how many departments wear scrubs. Then consider your patient; they see countless people wearing scrubs coming in and out of their room and they can become confused as to who was who. (Are you the housekeeper? the nurse? the doctor?)
Better yet, let me wear sweat pants and a pocket T-shirt to work. Aren't they the same comfort level as scrubs? I could even coordinate the colors of the sweat pants and pocket T's. Since I have to bend, squat and constantly move, wouldn't that be a better style of dress for the work I do? There is not much difference between pocket T-shirts and scrub tops. Would the patients respect what I had to say, would they still think I was a professional?
Well, maybe if I wore a lab coat over my pocket T-shirt and sweat pants, that would look alright wouldn't it? I would look professional; I could even embroider my name in the lab coat. What do you think?