With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it can get
pretty lonely seeing canoodling couples or your coworkers receiving flowers and
gifts from their significant others. Everyone else is having a romantic night
out on the town while you’re alone at home, with a glass of wine, Netflix, and
your cat. Or worse – you may have to work the night shift all alone by your
But being a single nurse comes with its own set of special
perks. When you’re single, you can really take time to focus on yourself,
discover new and exciting hobbies, and really relish your own independence
without compromise. Here are some of our favorite things about being single.
You’re in Charge of Your Own Happiness
When you’re a single nurse, you have the
luxury of living life on your own term. You’re fully responsible for your own
wellbeing. While it can be difficult, it can also be a blessing. Want to get an
amazing new pixie haircut? Do you want to take a week off and jet set through
Europe? You can!
When you’re single, you take a more
proactive approach to your life and live it on your terms, not somebody else’s.
You Can Focus On Your Career
Being single enables you to take on new and
challenging career choices without any compromise or constraints. If you’re
married, you can’t just move across town or across the country for a new job.
Take this time to really focus on what you want out of a career and get to
working toward your goals!
You Can Buy Those Cute New Pumps – Without
Anyone Else’s Permission
When you share a bank account with
somebody, you can’t make frivolous purchases simply because you want to.
Whether it’s that new designer handbag you’ve been longing for or a new set of
wheels that you really need, you can buy it as long as you can comfortably
You Can Create Your Own Routine
Outside of work hours, you can manage your
time however you want. You’re not dependent on anyone else’s schedule. That
gives you a lot more time to hit the gym, relax with a good book, or go out for
drinks with your friends.
It Means Living for Yourself
Sure, being single can get lonely sometimes,
and it’s annoying to see all of the early-relationship cooing on Facebook and
Instagram. But being single does have an upside. You can spend more time
focusing on yourself, cultivating a strong sense of independence and
self-directedness, and advance in your career. And when you do find someone
special, you’ve reaped all of the benefits single life has to offer.
The weather is crisp, the leaves are changing to
fiery hues, and ghosts and goblins are roaming the streets. That can only mean
one thing – Halloween! If you love celebrating the season, ADVANCE has some
seriously sinister Halloween goodies that will help you feel spook-tacularly
Keep your hair from
resembling the bouffant of Frankenstein’s bride with these Halloween-themed
scrunchies. Choose from a plethora of playful pumpkins or a gaggle of ghoulish
Cutieful Halloween Compression Socks
Spook distress away
with these Halloween themed socks while giving yourself a boost of much needed
comfort and circulation during those long shifts.
Cherokee Women’s “Spooky Cats” Halloween Scrub Warm-Up
kitties are in the mood to say “Boo!” How about you? Cotton warm-up features a
snap front, a cell phone pocket and long sleeves with elasticized cuffs. Two
front patch pockets are roomy enough to stuff with all of your favorite
Cherokee Workwear Halloween Bats Long Sleeve Tee
Scare up plenty of
compliments with this long sleeved Halloween tee! This burn-out knit top
features a whimsical holiday bat design and crew neckline. Fashioned from a
comfortable fusion of cotton and polyester, you’ll love this top right off the
“Saying Boo! Won’t Scare Me, I’m an SLP” Button
patients and co-workers in the Halloween spirit with this original button
designed especially for SLPs by our award-winning artists. Measuring 2.5” in
diameter, it safely pins to scrub tops, lab coats, or jackets.
Peek-a-Boo Bat Pen
Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, or ghosts. You expect them to pop up
from behind the curtain or the grave, but not from the top of your pen.
Surprise co-workers and patients with these hilarious Halloween-themed pens
featuring an assortment of creepy characters to choose from.
Bobble Light-Up Pen
Have some fun at work with this functional Halloween treat. Sure to entertain
patients and coworkers, the head of the pen bobbles around—and even lights
up—whenever you write!
Trick Or Treat Self-Adhesive Decorations
Dress up your department or office with these reusable and removable
decorations. Spelling out “Trick or Treat,” it’s accented by bats and pumpkins.
Landau’s Children 3-Pocket Lab Coat
tot with future dreams of being a doctor in this authentic lab coat! Perfect
for Halloween or playtime, it’s equipped with two
front patch pockets and one chest pocket.
What are your plans for Halloween? Tell us in the comments below!
If you’re a nurse, or a healthcare professional,
chances are you’re on your feet four or five days a week, for eight or more
hours a day. All of that standing, walking or running (think patient who needs
your assistance for a medical emergency right away) can take a definite toll on
your soles. When you’re constantly on the move, it’s critical to find footwear
that helps you glide effortlessly throughout your shift with support and
comfort. But for the fashion savvy nurses out there, form is just as important
Doing It Best
This is why tons of health-conscious shoe brands,
such as Klogs and Dansko, are steeping in the direction of trend-setting
fashion without sacrificing comfort. Let’s take a look at a few of the big name
brands making the change, as well as some tips on how to buy comfy and
fashion-forward nurse shoes.
– This PA-based company gives hard-working feet the stability and support they
deserve. Their colorful clogs come in a large variety of colors, textures, and
hues including black leather, reptile, cobalt, and mocha. If clogs aren’t your
thing, Dansko also makes a wide range of stylish sneakers.
- A longtime favorite for their fashion and function, they offer a long line of
polyurethane and leather clog in a
variety of styles and colors.
These shoes comfort for those who are on their feet all day, as well as safety
for those where slips, trips, spills. And falls can occur. Akesso recently
designed two new lines -- the Helia and Carraria - both of which have the look
and feel of a casual athletic shoe with the added durability and safety of
traditional healthcare footwear.
Timberland – Designed to meet nurses’ needs, Timberland shoes feature an exclusive
Anti-Fatigue technology created for healthcare professionals who spend long
hours on their feet.
the Right Shoes for Your Needs
When it comes to which shoe fits the best, it’s
about the perfect style, size, and support. Here are some tips to find the
ultimate nursing shoes for your needs:
Your Feet. Even as adults, our feet can change in size. Even
if the change is slight, it can make a big difference when it comes to the shoe
fitting properly. Consider your own feet when on the search for a comfortable
shoe. Everyone’s are different, so the shoes your friend wears may not be the
“right fit” for you.
Both Feet. Everyone has a slight size difference when it
comes to their feet. Ensure you shop for the larger foot.
Your Feet Standing and at the End of Your Shift.
If you do this, you can take swelling into account.
Your Arches. A lot of folks have differing lengths
and heights in their arches. This will make a huge difference in the fit of
your shoe and why some brands are perfect for some and not others.
Don’t Have to Be Broken In. Seriously. If the shoes are snug,
don’t make the mistake in thinking they need to be broken in. Good shoes will
fit properly when you buy them.
Running Shoes. Dansko, as we stated before, as some
fabulously fashionable sneaks that cater to runners and healthcare
Your Style. Do you like floral prints or are you a wild child
and prefer reptile? Find a shoe design that caters to your unique style
preferences. Trust us when we say there are hundreds of cute shoes to choose
This is key when it comes to maximum mobility. Find a light-weight shoe that
won’t slow you down. Since you’re constantly switching gears, this is critical.
Yourself the Following Questions:
What type of foot-bed best contours to
your foot shape?
Does the insole have enough cushion for
Do you have any special foot conditions
you need to take into consideration?
Do you have flat arches, wide feet, or
plantar fasciitis? Each of these
factors will determine what you think is comfortable.
Take time to take care of your feet while putting
your best fashion foot forward in functional and stylish shoes. Remember,
without healthy feet, you don’t have a leg to stand on.
Whether it’s to the grocery store or daycare, many parents
know what it feels like to bolt out of the house, child in tow. When you
finally make it to the car, shoes tied and snacks packed, you quickly strap your
little one into their car seat and drive away. But is your kid properly and
safely strapped in?
Pennsylvania recently issued an important car seat law
update, pictured below. When it’s time for you as a healthcare professional to
share this news with your patients, it’s critical to know your facts since
child safety seats reduce the risk of fatal injury in infants and children by
up to 71%.
Car Seat Safety
Ensure the car seat base is securely tightened
and has no wiggle room.
Angle it as directed by the manufacturer to
prevent your child’s head from dangerously flopping forward.
Make sure there is adequate spacing between the
front seat and the car seat.
Check the harness straps that they slip through
the height-appropriate harness slots (this should be at shoulder or below level
for rear facing and at or above the shoulder for forward facing car seats).
The harness clips should be level with the kid’s
There should be no slack. You shouldn’t be able
to pinch the harness.
As your child grows,
it is equally vital to get them the appropriate car seat for their age, weight,
Rear Facing Child Seat (Ages 0 – 2, less than 30
Rear Facing or Forward Facing Child Safety Seat
(Ages 2 – 4, up to 40 pounds)
Booster Seat (Ages 4 – 8, less than 57 inches
Vehicles Seat Belt (Ages 8 – 17, more than 57
Busy parents spend loads of time in the car with their
children. Take the extra time to ensure your child is restrained properly and
it will truly mean the difference between life and death.
For more than a century, the white lab
has served as a pre-eminent symbol of physicians. A child’s earliest memory of
a doctor’s visit is being treated by somebody donning a white coat. At almost
every med school, the first emblematic act is the “White Coat Ceremony” coined
by Arnold P. Gold, MD.
Surprisingly, before the late 19th
century, doctors wore black garbs. The dark color was considered formal (e.g.
today’s tuxedo). Since medical encounters with patients were viewed as serious
matters, physicians wore black around the clock. Additionally, until the late
1800’s, an encounter with a doctor was rarely seen as beneficial to the
patient, making the dark uniform synonymous with death. Prior to the 1900’s,
most medicine was generally seen as a hazardous province of fraudulence and
Around the turn of the 20th century,
medicine transformed into the scientific enterprise we are familiar with today.
The knee-length coat transferred over from laboratory science into medicine.
The “pureness” of medicine was now reflected in the white garments of both
doctors and nurses. The white lab coat continued on as an embodiment of respect
and a symbol for medicine, eclipsing a physician’s stethoscope or black bag. Many patients view the white lab coat as a
“cloak of compassion” and a representation of the excellent care they expect to
receive from their doctor.
Besides doctors, many other healthcare professionals
wear white lab coats now too, including NP’s, PA’s, and managers of other
White Swan was one of the first companies to start
offering white lab coats to physicians. White
has been providing medical professionals with lab coats, scrubs, and more for
100 years. Originating in New York City in 1916, the company is devoted to
offering premium scrubs
and other clothing to their customers.
From symbolizing premium care and compassion to
representing a medical student’s first ceremony in school, the white coat
stands as a sign of how far medicine has come.
On our last post, we provided tips on how to stay
safe while on the hunt for Pokemon. Now we’re bringing you strategies on how
this engaging and real-time game can trim your waistline and get you fit.
Pokemon Go is much more than just an entertaining
app – it’s a great way to get exercise. From walking miles to hatch eggs to
roaming around town in search of the nearest gym, Pokemon Go is getting folks
up, out the door, and on their feet.
Here are four fitness tips for Pokemon Go.
Your Steps In
Taking a stroll is one of the best
things that you can do for yourself. Walking 5,000 to 10,000 steps a day can
improve both your mood and body composition, in addition to lowering anxiety.
And Pokemon Go has the impetus to get you going! Just be sure to wear some supportive
Your local coffee hangout or that community
center down the street? Those buildings are now refueling stops (Poke Stops) where
you can collect balls, eggs, points, and more on your quest to catch them all. Walk around and hit up as many as you can
Taking Fido out? Take him for a longer walk today while playing the game!
Are you working long shifts all day inside? On your lunch-break, charge up the app and go on a 30-minute hunt for some
Pokemon. You can catch some new ones, reach a higher level, get some fresh air
and stretch your legs along the way.
Take your Pokemon hunt to the next
level by mixing it up with lunges, high kicks, and squats. Do five reps of
squats every time you catch a new Pokemon. Kick it up a notch by high kicking
every time you come across a new Poke Stop. Catch a Pokemon that flies? Do
jumping jacks like a creature flapping its wings. The possibilities are
With all of that walking, you’re
going to need to stay hydrated. Bring a water
bottle along with you to sip on during your quest for rare
Have you ever used Pokemon Go to
squeeze some fitness into your day? How’d it go?
Pokemon Go is an excellent way to get outside and get some exercise. But before you head out on your adventure
you should learn a few basic safety tips, pack some essentials, and don’t
forget to stay comfy as you track down a Snorlax.
Wander Anywhere You Normally Wouldn’t Go
If you wouldn’t normally take your chances walking
down a dark alley at 2AM, don’t do it for that rare Muk. Recently, an Oregon
stabbed when he was playing the game late at night.
The game may rely on real-world places for Pokemon
Stops and gyms, but the creatures themselves are mainly randomly generated.
This means they can show up inside buildings, in backyards, and behind fences.
The game has no idea whether these places are safe or even legal, so use your
Bikes, and Pedestrians – Oh My!
It may sound obvious, but stay alert to your
surroundings while playing the game. You don’t want to walk in front of a moving
vehicle, drown in a giant lake, or slam into another Pokemon
Go player while you’re on the lookout for your third Pidgey.
The game has a vibration function that makes your
phone rumble when a Pokemon appears. If this feature is on, it’s easy to
activate the app, stick it in your pocket, and wait for the vibration.
an Eye on Your Possessions
Pokemon Gyms and Stops are often found in highly
populated areas where tons of players can gather. It’s pretty easy for a thief
to seize your purse or tote
when you’re immersed in the game.
Always hold on to your possessions while you’re
playing, and be extra mindful of how you’re carrying them. Ensure your bag is
closed. It only takes a second for your items to get snatched.
Mindful of Predators
There have been tons of scams
and shady characters using Pokemon Go to their advantage. Anything from armed robbers luring victims to
a secluded area using Pokemon Stops as bait to bogus accounts sold on eBay have
Summer is prime time for dehydration. If you plan on
playing outside for a while, stock up on supplies, especially if you want to
hatch an egg. Some eggs require you to walk for miles before they hatch.
Take a water
bottle with you, along with plenty of snacks. The last thing
you want is to be exhausted and without food or water. Playing this game is a
physical activity, so treat it like one. Drink plenty of liquids, take breaks,
and don’t overly exert yourself.
Meeting other players is one of the most fun aspects
of the game. That doesn’t mean you should throw basic manners out the window.
Be courteous of others around you while playing the game. Never assume somebody
else is playing Pokemon Go just because they’re on their phone. Also, don’t
trash talk folks just because they’re on Team Valor or Team Mystic. And if
somebody playing doesn’t want to be bothered, just leave them alone.
shoes are critical for walking for long periods of time.
Stay on your A-game by sporting comfy and supportive
sneakers during your Pokemon scavenges.
What are your tips for staying safe while enjoying
Just because summer is in full swing doesn’t mean
it’s too early to be thinking about scrubs if you’re heading to nursing school
or med school in the fall. But with all of the extra costs that come with going
to college – think books, tuition, and board – you may not be able to afford
fashion-savvy scrubs. Here are five tips to get awesome scrubs without breaking
Before you set out to scrub shop, check with your
school about requirements for scrub color and style. It’s also critical to ask
if embroidered patches or logos are necessary. Don’t worry, though – we’ve got
you covered! Our scrub shop offers custom embroidery at super affordable
Don’t blow all of your cash this summer on beach
passes and booze. To offset the cost of school scrubs, you’ll need to be
fiscally responsible and financially savvy. Think about getting a summer job to
stock up on money. Formulate a budget and dedicate a portion of that to paying
for school-related items, such as scrubs.
Many schools offer a scrub allowance for incoming students so contact
your institutions to find out more.
Determine how many times per week you’ll be wearing
your scrubs. This enables you to consider how many sets of scrubs you should
buy. When it comes to quality vs. quantity, look for versatile pieces that are
low in cost but that will last. We offer WonderWink,
Anatomy, and Dickie’s
which are all high-class, low-cost brands.
Scrubs come in
many fashionable and functional styles to fit your needs and body type. Opt for
scrubs that work as hard as you do, allowing you to stash away your essentials
while keeping you feeling and looking great. Here
is a short list of available scrub styles:
scrub shirts with
scoop neck scrub
scrub pants with
scrub pants with
scrub shirts with
scrub shirts with
v-neck scrub shirt
scoop neck scrub
mock wrap scrub
baby doll scrub
empire waist scrub
warm-up scrub jacket
scrub pants with
scrub pants with
You’ll be on your feet all day and working long
shifts, so it’s critical to get scrubs that will make you feel confident and
comfortable. Amenities like side vents and scoop necks keep you stylish and
feeling sharp. Our antimicrobial
scrubs keep stain and odor causing bacteria at bay.
If you’re a student about to enter medical school
this fall, follow these simple tips to get the best deals on scrubs!
Tattoos and piercings have long been only associated with
bikers, sailors, and prisoners. Today, with more than three
in 10 Americans rocking body art, they are gaining more social acceptance.
In certain professions, however, tattoos may still be frowned upon by
In the medical and healthcare field, most employee handbooks
have a section regarding tattoos and piercings. In rare cases, hospital jobs
are only available to people with no body ink. However, most healthcare
facilities apply minor restrictions that only prohibit excessive and/or
Here are a few things you need to know if you’re an inked
If you have any tattoos that could be considered offensive,
such as ones that promote drug use, display nudity, or can be associated with a
gang, it’s best to keep them under wraps.
Expansive tattoos that are highly visible may be a potential
issue with some companies, especially if your ink covers your neck, arms, and
Tips for Tattoos and
Piercings in the Workplace
One of the simplest ways to deal with tattoo-related issues
while at work is to keep them covered up. If your current employer’s body art
policy is fairly strict, wear clothing that can hide them easily. If you have
any facial piercings, remove them before you get to your job. For those of you
with neck or face tattoos, wear your hair down to keep them out of sight. If
that won’t work, invest in a bottle of heavy-duty concealer that matches your
skin tone. Some great brands that hide tattoos well include Kat Von D Lock-It
Tattoo Concealer, Dermablend Leg and Body Cover, and Benefit Boi-ing Industrial
As a last resort, you may want to consider removing your
tats all together. Laser tattoo removal is not quick or affordable, but it’s
the only efficient way to say bye-bye to unwanted ink. Depending on the size
and color of your tattoo, the number of treatments will vary. In some cases,
your ink may be removed in two to four visits, though it can take as many as 10
or more sessions. Each session costs about $150 a pop.
What do you think we can learn from tattooed or pierced
healthcare professionals? Would you judge a book by its cover?
Between sore feet, long shifts, and fussy patients,
you could be feeling like you’re on the edge of a major meltdown at work. To
ease your pain just a tad, let us showcase a typical day on the job for a 19th
Lucky you – the nurse who arrives before you didn’t
bring in the coals to combat the morning chill. Before you can start attending
to your patients, you’ve got to lug in a hefty bag of rocks and load them into
the central heating system so that you, the patients, and the rest of the staff
don’t freeze to death.
Today, the 150-bed hospital will be staffed with 30
nurses, all nursing students. You ladies are in charge of running the wards,
private rooms, operating rooms, the general dispensary, and the eye and ear
clinic. When you’re a senior, you can look forward to being sent out on private
duty. But, unfortunately, the hospital will get paid for your work, not you.
The rooms are filled with the typical cases of
delirious typhoid, dysentery, and abscesses. Your first patient of the day is a
drug case, specifically narcotic. You have to keep him awake, and, as soon as
possible, get him on his feet and walked around. One method is to use knotted
towels, dipped in ice water, which you continuously whack them with to rouse
them. This patient you walk up and down the corridor. Staggering, he goes to
sleep on his feet. More ice water, more walking.
Four hours into your shift, you’re still making your
rounds (42 more to go!) when you hear a loud commotion from ward D. You rush
down the hall to see what the fuss is about and realize a delirious patient had
escaped. Dressed in only a night shirt and with long roller towels that had
been used to confine him to his bed now trailing from his wrists and ankles
like streamers, he bolts by you. Leaping down the main staircase, he escapes
out the front entrance before the orderly can catch him.
Before you can return to your daily obligations, the
doctor on duty requests your help. Being that he is the local surgeon,
pediatrician, physician, dentist, and gynecologist, you’re not really sure what
the procedure will entail.
The saw is your first clue.
After administering anesthesia, the doctor begins
the surgery. The procedure is a success, and the patient is wheeled away to
await their wooden prosthetic, that will probably be only a few inches too
You’re still way behind on your shift, thanks to the
Adjusting your large white hat and apron, you precede
with the five o’clock temperatures.
After this, you greatly appreciate the rule of two hours of quiet.
Placing screens around an empty bed, you take an hour nap.
After the day is finally over, you return to your
quaint house to rest before another long shift.
As a dedicated healthcare professional, you give your all to
your patients and sometimes, you might not have anything left to give at home to
your loved ones. Between a demanding career with long shifts, daily
obligations, and a bustling social life, your most sacred relationships can get
strained in the process. Whether you’re late again for your kid’s dance recital
due to last minute patient demands or totally forgot about your best friend’s
birthday because of a stressful work week, you need to know that in the end,
your career is not where you hang your heart.
Family and friends deserve the same commitment and attention
that you give your job. Here are a couple of ways healthcare professionals can
keep their relationships “healthy.”
Two Ears vs. One
You should try to listen twice as much as you speak.
Listening carefully to what your loved ones have to say and being fully engaged
in the conversation makes them feel, if only for the moment, like the center of
your attention. Don’t interject with your opinion and practice mindfulness.
Really absorb what they’re telling you without planning what your next line is
going to be.
Don’t be a Flake
Nothing is more disrespectful or annoying than somebody that
cancels plans at the last minute. If an unexpected emergency comes up at work
and you absolutely must break an engagement, tell them immediately. Don’t leave
them hanging. If you have dinner plans and you want to bail because you’re just
feeling tired after a long day, force yourself to go. You’ll probably have a
great time and be glad you did.
Don’t Get Lost in
Healthcare professionals often call this speaking in laymen’s terms when
communicating with patients. Remember not everyone understands words and
terminology that healthcare workers use. Take the time to thoroughly explain
yourself and your side as well as to communicate your interpretation of their
side. Ensure that you are both on the same page before moving forward.
Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
Nothing is worse than stirring a slumbering canine from its
sleep other than digging up old grudges. Let the past be the past and remember
that the present is a gift. Do you get short with those “repeat offenders” at
the hospital? No. you remain professional and calm, trying your best to improve
the situation. Do the same for your loved ones.
Patience is a Virtue
As you always would with your patients, be patient with your
friends and family. Never jump to conclusions without hearing them out and be
understanding of their feelings. When you take your time, you both will reap
You may have been a fan of the hit TV drama Nurse Jackie, but many of the antics she
carried on with at work did not make her a favorite among staff members. If
you’re a healthcare professional, here are five sure fire ways to get the pink
slip. Read them, let them sink in, and NEVER perform these no-no’s while on the
Pictures of Patients
Not only is it a breach of work
ethic, but it’s a breach of privacy. Shockingly enough, many healthcare workers
have been guilty of taking pictures of their patients. Last month, a nurse
at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, NY
resigned after she published pictures of a patient’s genitals. Not only was her
license suspended, but she also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor of snapping
unlawful surveillance photos.
on the Job
A recent study of nurses discovered
that between 2-5% of those that worked as RNs admitted to having a prescription
drug addiction, and another 5-10% confessed to having tried a patient’s
medication at some point during their career.
Dishing out drugs to friends or
colleagues can also land you in hot water.
on Social Media
Healthcare professionals adhere to
a strict code of conduct, and vow to keep the privacy of a patient. Some,
however, develop a bad case of blabbermouth on the internet and violate these
codes by sharing anything and everything on Facebook – even while on the clock.
Don’t let cyberspace collide with reality and keep Facebook strictly personal.
Staying Calm, Cool, and Collected
After a long shift and difficult
patients, you may feel exhausted and crabby. While putting off grumpy or
negative vibes at work may seem minor, it has been known that healthcare
workers can lose their job for talking to a patient in an unprofessional
Be polite, yet candid. If you need
to take a quick breather, get yourself outside or to the restroom stat.
Too many calls in sick might cost
you your job. If you rack up too many absences, you may find yourself getting
more than your desired time off.
Finding a replacement for a
healthcare worker, who harbors critical knowledge and experience required to
perform the job, can be tough. But whether it’s blabbering on the internet or
calling in sick, these work no-no’s may put your career on the line.
Civil Servant to Classy Surgeon: The Evolution of Nurse Uniforms
The next time you find yourself complaining about
wrinkles in your fashionable Cherokee
scrub top, take a quick moment to reflect on the fact that
nurses’ attire wasn’t always so comfy – or convenient. The evolution of the
standard nurse uniform has changed drastically over the last 200 years, as well
as the public’s perception of what nurses are all about.
During the early 1800’s, nurses were held in lower
standards than servants. The care of the sick was a responsibility relegated to
nuns or seedy individuals, such as prostitutes, and little training or skill
was required. When Florence
Nightingale entered the scene during the Crimean War and demanded training for
nurses, as well as a clean and safe environment for patients, a new profession
One of Nightingale’s
students designed the first recognizable nurse’s uniform, which included full
gowns in black or prints with large white aprons and caps. Nursing students
would wear pink, blue, or other pastel colored ribbon bands, while senior
nurses and nursing teachers would don black ribbon bands to indicate seniority.
By the early 1900’s,
nurses started wanting accessibility in their uniforms, and pockets in aprons
grew in popularity. The top now boasted a pointy collar covered by a bib, cinched
at the waist, and gathered around the skirt. The well-tailored uniform utilized
a solid fabric. This uniform helped to distinguish a nurse from a servant,
protected them against illness, and was also considered an expression of
A large white hat and
veil completed the look. Mimicking a nun’s habit, this bolstered respect for
the industry and made it easy for nurses to be called upon by churches to
assist in times of epidemic illness. Folk were beginning to realize that the
role of nurses in the medical field was very important.
During World War II
in the 1930’s and ’40’s, nurses were heavily utilized on all sides of the
conflicts. Design aspects and distinction took a backseat to functionality.
Nurses had to be fast in order to provide quick care for many injured troops.
The uniforms evolved once again, from long gowns to a shorter, more manageable
skirt length. This was also due to clothing material shortage during the war. Sleeves
were rolled for easier movement. A cape, or tippet, was worn to signify
rankings. The dresses were less form fitting and easy to wash, iron, and wear.
Paper hats and simple folded hats replaced the elaborate caps with the veil.
Now, the uniform
became a combo of functionality and femininity.
Pants for All
The reexamination of
gender roles in the ‘60’s and ‘70’s brought more men into the nursing field. Pantsuits
became in vogue, as they were in other mainly female professions. The use of surgical
scrubs solved the problem
of what to wear to work for male nurses. Scrubs were versatile, comfortable,
and made it hard to transfer infection from patient to patient.
The uniform was
originally referred to as “surgical greens,” due to it color. The term “scrubs”
came about because these outfits were worn in a “scrubbed” environment. In
operating rooms, it was forbidden to wear any exposed clothing, such as
During this time,
there were developments in fabric technology, including wash and wear cotton, Dracon,
and cotton fabrics mix. Some companies experimented on different materials for
nursing uniforms. Barco came up with warp knits, which is a fabric that enabled
a comfy feel and easy laundry care in every Barco uniform.
Today’s scrubs offer
both comfort and convenience. Brands such as Barco, Dickies,
and Cherokee make it effortless for nurses to look and feel good during a long
shift. Healthcare facilities sometimes require
different colors or patterns for the scrubs worn by nurses and doctors.
The evolution of the
nurse uniform has reflected society’s view of the industry, as well as the
increased roles and responsibilities nurses have in the medical world.