No more denim; no more SpongeBob scrubs

U. Hospitals and Clinics goes for professionalism with employee dress code


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  • Chriscourt
    March 29, 2010 3:18 p.m.

    I agree with the new dress code and wish that my place of employment would adopt a similar one. I guess I am a little old school but I don't think it would be a bad idea for nurses to go back to the starched white uniforms. At least then you knew that your nurse was being hygienic. The scrubs with the cartoon prints and celebrity images (Elvis, Marilyn, James Dean and the likes) are OK for pediatric units but have no place in any other environment.

  • Anonymous
    March 25, 2010 9:59 p.m.

    This policy didn't come from hospital administrators? Ha. Nobody I know voted for white. Everyone I work with acts very professionally no matter what is worn, and I don't think it helps the patient any better to know who is who. That is why we introduce ourselves when we go into a patient's room. While I agree people should look professional, this goes too far.

  • Anon
    March 25, 2010 2:12 a.m.

    Oh, and for the record -- office employees got exactly zero dollars toward new clothing. And office clothing is more expensive than scrubs no matter how you slice it.

  • Anonymous
    March 24, 2010 3:17 p.m.

    I am an employee of the U of U and even I really like the new dress code. I recently asked a nurse sitting at the desk in the ICU if she could place my paper work in the patients chart as I was leaving the unit. She got all huffy with me and said she was the charge nurse and not the secretary. How was I to know? She was not dressed like a professional and certainly did not respond like one.I will appreciate being able to identify the people I need to address in the future without insulting them unintentally. Thanks for the new dress code. Marianne Cahalan R.N.

  • NoBodyReally
    March 22, 2010 10:41 p.m.

    I believe that many nurses are not very trusting that our adminastration is really focused on their performance, as much as their looks. High performers are usually educated, and feel good about themselves and may dress better as a result. Lets face it, Enron did a lot of damage, and the fortune 500 companies CEO'S and management teams have a lot of damage control to do. No trust, especially with a management team that wants white tops in the staining fluid filled environment of a nurse. Professional looks can be achieved by another color. White is good when your have on a tie but not when you are caring for someone who has tied one on.

  • Former Patient
    March 22, 2010 4:27 p.m.

    The only thing that disturbs me is when I was a patient at the hospital the Nurses wear white and so do the Nursing students. Not too comfortable not knowing which is which??

  • Annoyed Employee
    March 22, 2010 3:07 p.m.

    I think the conservative nature of this state is getting too extreme and it is obviously flowing into our hospital policies. How is it that a nurse can have completely fake platinum blonde hair on top, dark brown underneath, and that is any better than someone wearing spongebob scrubs. Oh and lets not forget that it is SOOO much better for some nimrod nurse to comply with the hospital dress code, therefore giving false confidence to the patient, while an exceptional nurse might like to wear one inch hoops in her ears, but that overshadows her skill, experience, or intelligence. This dress policy is too extreme and overshadows the real problem: COMPETENT EMPLOYEES!!! People here are so stinkin concerned with appearance, and coming from California, I am truly amazed that there is a group of people more superficial here than there. This policy is infuriating and too extreme. HEAVEN FORBID INDIVIDUALITY!

  • Mary
    March 22, 2010 12:00 p.m.

    It is refreshing to see an organization embrace the concepts of self respect and professionalism by revising their dress code policy. Especially when the employees spearheaded the change through Shared Governance.
    When we dress for success, we are polished and professional. I applaude this Medical Center's focus on their patients.

  • anonymous
    March 22, 2010 10:27 a.m.

    I work at the University and I think it is great! I even had trouble when I am off my unit knowing who people are and what there role is. I agree that when you look professional you act professional. Read the book, "Blink", people make a judgement about you and whether or not you are capable instantly. If you want complete freedom, choose to work for another company or another line of work.

  • Anonymous
    March 22, 2010 9:41 a.m.

    Loser Brandon is right. Managment will use this as an excuse to get rid of people they don't personally like and bring in favorites. It's very clicky.
    And the whole $60 credit we each got towards our new scrubs did a lot of good! Especially since no one got a cost of living raise last year and it's up in the air as to whether we get one this year.

  • Anonymous
    March 22, 2010 12:46 a.m.

    I work at a hospital in CT with a similar dress code. I agree to a point. I myself have tattoos but all are covered by my uniform. I agree a professional look often breeds professional attitude, but professional looks can be achieved without tight specifics. I worked at a different hospital where if it was scrubs as medical staff it was okay, correctly fitting, clean scrubs that is. White, however, is nearly impossible to keep clean and I also feel that if a strict policy is made then an allowance should be given to staff. I recently bought 5days worth of scrubs and scrub jackets and it was over $150, even those savings your lives aren't made of money.

  • Rick
    March 21, 2010 11:43 p.m.

    My Daughter was born at a hospital in Georgia. The staff there looked professional. What is wrong with wearing a uniform and looking professional? If you look and act professional people will respect you. As far as the scrubs if the personnel work in a pediatric ward I could see Sponge Bob scrubs if they were not ripped.

    I'm a little surprised by this article. I have been to SLC many times and most of the people I saw dressed nice.

  • anonymous
    March 21, 2010 6:53 p.m.

    somebody should check their facts rather than citing a suit's impression that maybe 30% of employees mind. maybe a lot more people than that mind, particularly in this economy. let's all buy new clothes, what a good idea! and we can all afford it on our huge salaries, too. the only reason no big backlash so far is that we employees are still in the laughing stage. i personally have had to explain to several other employees what tube tops (forbidden) are. nice to know the admins thought it necessary to bring in a no doubt highly paid image consultant, too. how about a raise? didn't have one last year. as for all the love it or leave it comments, get real. it's how you act, not how you dress, folks.

  • Aword
    March 21, 2010 6:26 p.m.

    I don't care if you wear prints or solids. It is the way YOU ACT that matters to me. AS for earrings, rings, makeup, fake long nails--no thank you.

  • duh
    March 21, 2010 12:03 p.m.

    White scrubs easily become soiled with blood and body fluids. It is difficult to remove these stains and it is impractical to bring 4 or 5 tops to work so you can change everytime your top becomes soiled in a 12 hours shift. The hospital is not providing the scrubs or maintaining them. How is it better for the nurse to take the bloody scrubs home and try to clean them without making the laundry room a biohazard. And how nice are those white scrubs once they have sweat stains and fluid stains that will not come out? It's very professional to have dingy stained white tops

  • Doreen
    March 21, 2010 7:57 a.m.

    AMEN! Now, let's get some high schools to follow their lead!

  • Rebecca
    March 20, 2010 2:07 a.m.

    As an ER nurse, I wear a uniform - red scrubs, with white accents acceptable only - and don't have a problem with it. However, I thought it was pretty funny that when we switched to the dress code,about half the patients I had made comments that they approved and the others actually asked why we quit wearing the "cute" scrubs. You can't please everyone. And people still ask if I'm a LPN, RN,EMT or MD, even with the color-coded scrubs and the HUGE "RN" hanging beneath my name badge....AND after I begin each interaction with "Hi, I'm Rebecca, one of the ER nurses..."

  • Greg Shoults
    March 19, 2010 8:00 p.m.

    'Dress for Success' was published (and re-published) because the 'perception' of professionalism is proven and world-wide ... and you "can work casual" only when your skill and professionalism are recognized in your workplace. When you are around strangers in your workplace, professional attire helps them to accept your job skills as a given ... looking like a 'slob' engenders mistrust and fear, and that is NOT good for hospital patients.
    On another level, traditional 'professional' appearance indicates trustworthiness. The 'tats', penetrations, and even vulgarity that are becoming popular reflect rebellion and defiance of the 'norm', like 'hippie' and 'beatnik' wear (Google it). Frankly, that kind of lifestyle emblem doesn't cause me to expect professionalism, far more the opposite.

  • Kelly Taylor
    March 19, 2010 6:01 p.m.

    Dirty shoes.

  • Anonymous
    March 19, 2010 5:10 p.m.

    not that many people have facial peircings anyway. but lots of people have tattoos. I don't think you can put those two things in the same category....

  • Why white shirts
    March 19, 2010 4:55 p.m.

    My sister is nurse. While she is fine with the fact that they must wear a uniform, she was really frustrated with the white shirts. She has to change her shirt several times a day. Do you know how hard it is to get blood and other bodily fluids out of a WHITE shirt. They really could have chosen a more sensible color!!

  • loser Brandon
    March 19, 2010 4:13 p.m.

    I work at the U. The rules up here don't apply to everyone. Management will use this as an excuse to get rid of people they dont like. Each manager will let their friends, nieces, kids etc that work in their departments wear whatever they want. This is how life works at University Healthcare & everyone knows it.

  • re --- To Justin | 2:52 p.m
    March 19, 2010 3:34 p.m.

    ["You sound a bit naive. I work for a major Fortune 100 firm out east, and I can tell you that "tatts and facial piercings" are definately NOT the norm, at least among the professional crowd - and that includes younger employees"]

    it really depends on what you do and where you work, doesn't it? if you work on wall street or are a highly paid executive, then no the norm isn't peircings. But a lot of executives do have tattoos. I would bet that many of your peers have tattoos and you don't even know it...

    we are not talking about executives here. we are talking about the working folks. and on that, you are wrong...

    if you are REALLY good at your job, tattoos and peircing don't matter. it is when you have to deal with other people (the judgemental people) - that's when it matters.

    to say Justin is destined for hourly pay is very naive.

    does anyone disagree with the following statement?

    "tattoos and peircings in no way reflect the ABILITY of the person doing the job."

    just curious if anyone actually thinks tattoos or peircings matter as far as job competency goes...

  • re -- In agreement | 2:08 p.m
    March 19, 2010 3:00 p.m.

    ["Now, we can go after those girls and women (and a few men) that wear pajama pants and slippers in public and look like they literally just rolled out of bed. I do not like to see strangers in their "at home" wear."]

    so... now you're just talking about what people wear in public, not even workers. It bothers you to see "strangers in their at home wear"...

    why would you even care? if they smell bad, tell them. if it amuses you for them to wear pjs, tell them "girl - you forgot your pjs..." in a funny way and laugh with them.

    but if you are ANNOYED when you see it, well then there is simply no hope for you. you are very judgemental and will probably always be so...

    good luck with that...

  • re -- Dutch | 1:06 p.m
    March 19, 2010 2:55 p.m.

    ["I am all for professional dress codes - I will tell ya if a pilot came on board my next flight wearing flip flops, cut offs and tank top I would think twice about stayng on the flight "]

    and that is extremely funny... because you would prefer a guy in a white shirt and tie (who probably barely passed flight school) over the guy in the cutoffs and flip-flops, who probably flew 100s of missions over vietnam... one will panic, and one will get you down safely...

    the better you are at your job, the less you feel you need to "dress to impress". Those that get all dressed up to provide the impression they are so good, are the ones that are merely compensating for their inability. If they dress casual, they are confident in their ability.

  • To Justin
    March 19, 2010 2:52 p.m.

    You sound a bit naive. I work for a major Fortune 100 firm out east, and I can tell you that "tatts and facial piercings" are definately NOT the norm, at least among the professional crowd - and that includes younger employees. While I have seen tatts and multiple piercings in the non-professional and lower job ranks, they are VERY rare in the mid and upper level management ranks. In fact, I can't think of a single person at my level (middle) or higher that has a visible tatt or anything more than pierced ears.

    Good luck with your wordview. You sound destined for a job that pays by the hour.

  • Anonymous
    March 19, 2010 2:50 p.m.

    re --- To Justin, from John | 12:36 p.m

    ["Sorry Justin, but they are only the norm among the prison population, gangs, in the drug culture, and in the hard-core music culture."]

    wow. only in utah...

    you people need to get out more. john's statement is entirely untrue, and merely reflects an opinion based on very limited scope of experience.

    once again, people in utah think that utahians are "the norm". and nothing could be further from the truth.

    you have to realize... it's a new world... and superficial people like yourselves are just going to be more and more disappointed as time goes by...

  • re -- The NIT | 11:04 a.m
    March 19, 2010 2:38 p.m.

    ["Good move - profesionalism is a good thing. This may be difficult to enforce, but I applaud your efforts"]

    clothes does NOT a professional make...

    looks like you forgot to put "picker" on the end of your name...

  • Anonymous
    March 19, 2010 2:36 p.m.

    all I can say is... you people sound REALLY old and judgemental.

    give it 50 years and you'll be caught up to 2010...

  • Anonymous
    March 19, 2010 2:34 p.m.

    re -- its more about the patients | 6:21 a.m

    ["As a new mother at a SL hospital, it was unnerving to have my tiny newborn worked on by a neonatal (female)nurse sporting a spiked serious butch haircut and lots of piercings. I know she must have been qualified--but why can't she LOOK qualified, instead of like she'd just come in from a biker bar, or the lesbian convention??"]

    you said it yourself. "I know she must have been qualified". So if she was qualified, why do you care what she looked like? i mean if she was dirty or something that's one thing but some peircings?

    what about fat people? I am not comfortable being worked on by obese people because if they can't even take care of themselves how can they take care of me?

    should we have a weight limit for nurses? should we have a cosmetic guideline (since bad acne is unclean)?

    why are you all so worried about peircings? or short hair? or colored hair?

    this must be the land of the superficial people...

  • re -- Good | 1:12 a.m
    March 19, 2010 2:23 p.m.

    ["We tend to act as we dress. This is true in all settings."]

    why would you state an opinion as fact? your statement is not true. People act as they act.

    I would rather be around a non-stuffy person in casual clothes that knows what they are doing than some suit that acts all know-it-all but can't even do their job right.

    Most people dress up because they aren't good enough at their jobs to do it casual. So they compensate with their clothes. "oh, they can't get rid of me - I wear a suit to work every day but so-n-so doesn't". if you're really good at your job, you don't need to impress anyone with your clothes. you impress them with your ability.

    now, to originally get hired, you dress to impress. but once you're doing a great job, dress code shouldn't matter.

  • Anonymous
    March 19, 2010 2:21 p.m.

    I agree that a dress code is important.Is white the best choice. Ms. Nightingale did not wear white! Every nurses that works in a hospital setting comes with the same basic knowledge, wearing white does not change that fact. Every hospital employee does a poor job of identifying themselves but I do not believe that spending over $100,000 on white uniforms is the answer. Allowance for uniforms was $60.00. Would you be willing to wear a white uniform to keep your job? Who are 70% of employees that agreed with the uniform code? Are they the nurses in white? All the nurses are not wearing white! The dress code policy is 9 pages. Are nurses going to do less - when wearing white uniforms (emptying urinals, drains, cleaning up stool or assisting when a pt. is vomiting blood). Also, does white really remain white after several washings? Bodily fluid on any uniform is unacceptable. Does white uniforms change your level of care or the overall why your care is delivered as a patient?

  • Anonymous
    March 19, 2010 2:17 p.m.

    from article:
    "The new policy does not apply to the U.'s physicians or medical students"

    why not? I'd be more concerned about the doctors than the nurses.

    re - Anon | 12:59 a.m
    ["here she was: streaks of green and pink in her hair and visible tattoos, piercings everywhere and telling me that she wanted to draw more blood from me. I thought it was some kind of joke"]

    and you thought it was a joke because.... why? i don't understand your point. because she had visible tattoos? peircings? colored hair? what are you afraid of - it will rub off and you'll run out and get peirced?

    THAT is the problem with you people. If someone is dirty and unsanitary, sure you have a point, but why would you care about these other things? You all only see what you want to see. You are SO concerned with outward appearances.

    the people that post on this newspaper are the most judgemental I have EVER heard of. I don't know if it's a Utah thing or a mormon thing, but you all refuse to look past your biases.

    and that's very sad, and unchristian

  • In agreement
    March 19, 2010 2:08 p.m.

    I think this is a great move. I am so tired of people in professional positions acting casual and sloppy.

    Now, we can go after those girls and women (and a few men) that wear pajama pants and slippers in public and look like they literally just rolled out of bed.

    I do not like to see strangers in their "at home" wear.

  • Anonymous
    March 19, 2010 2:08 p.m.

    Its about time. Now make the school teachers dress like they should have some respect and maybe they will get some.

  • Frank
    March 19, 2010 2:01 p.m.

    Hurray!!! Professional people, in all lines of work, should recognize their status and realize that their clients look up to them. A client or a customer in a store needs to be able to distinguish employees from people off the street. Some businesses have a "dress down day" once in a while and I feel this is totally inappropriate.

    The student nurses and doctors should learn and get used to these professional standards while they are in training. They should not be excluded.

    I believe it is Ogden School District that recently announced dress standards. Maybe the idea will pass on to other businesses and professions.

  • To "not far enough"
    March 19, 2010 1:46 p.m.

    You haven't seen the dress code! They even talk about nose hair grooming...

  • Dutch
    March 19, 2010 1:06 p.m.

    I am all for professional dress codes - I will tell ya if a pilot came on board my next flight wearing flip flops, cut offs and tank top I would think twice about stayng on the flight

  • momma z
    March 19, 2010 12:56 p.m.

    Many have talked about specific uniforms ... in many states, if a uniform is required, the EMPLOYER must provide and launder it. You really think THAT is going to be a cost-cutting measure?

    Personally, as long as I can tell who is who (ID badges, anyone?) and they are clean, I'm not sure I care what they look like. It is more how they act and take care of their patients.

    I'd much prefer excellent patient care over the ILLUSION of patient care.

  • Why?
    March 19, 2010 12:48 p.m.

    So why not require the same of the Doctors? Why are they any different. Sounds similar to the Obama administration and Congress. This is your health plan, NOT ours!!
    I think that if a dress code requires specifics, then the hosptial should supply the scrubs, and since scrubs can be purchased any where, by anyone, the hospital supplied scrubs should be silk screen with the logo.

  • To Justin, from John
    March 19, 2010 12:36 p.m.

    "Tatts and facial piercings are the norm..."

    Sorry Justin, but they are only the norm among the prison population, gangs, in the drug culture, and in the hard-core music culture. It doesn't take research to see that these things are not the norm in business and retail settings, schools, neighborhoods, churches, offices and other professional settings, etc.

  • sherri
    March 19, 2010 12:32 p.m.

    Now if only we could get Salt Lake Regional to do something like this. Maybe I would feel like they were taking their job a little more serious and that I wasn't going to a rave party.

  • @Sue Red
    March 19, 2010 12:29 p.m.

    With all due respect "Sue Red" I can tell you as someone that used to work in a hospital for many years that if you take someones looks as a sign of their ability you are on a fools journey.

  • Carol Moss
    March 19, 2010 12:29 p.m.

    Wonderful News! Let's hope this is a trend setter in lots of areas!

  • Sue Red
    March 19, 2010 12:14 p.m.

    I am so releived to hear this. I firmly believe there is a direct correlation between a professional dress and you get more professional care. Being a senior citizen and having lived in Utah, Hawaii, back east, I've seen some pretty pathetic health professional types. All I can say hurrah for Utah.

  • Mom of 2
    March 19, 2010 12:07 p.m.

    Spongebob scrubs wouldn't bother me in a Pediatric setting! Let the Peds staff wear the cartoon characters for the kids' sake. Otherwise, I'm all in favor of a dress code!

  • Anonymous
    March 19, 2010 11:26 a.m.

    Cudos to the staff at the u of u hospital who have opted to finally present themselves as professional care givers to the sick and injured. The traditional nurses uniform commanded respect and purity. The nylon uniforms were easilly washable and cleanable in the event that it became soiled. The nurse could easilly step into the rest room and clean up and being nylon, would dry quickly. There has always been respect for the ladies/men in white.

  • Michele
    March 19, 2010 11:23 a.m.

    I worked for 2 casinos that had dress codes including many of the exact things in this article. The funniest part of my story is that I worked upstairs in an office that the public did not see. How would anyone object to hospital employees adhering to this policy?

  • To Anonymous @ 9:17
    March 19, 2010 11:22 a.m.

    "I don't like being descriminated against. If I'm a janitor and want to wear a color that is "reserved" for a nurse or doctor I should be able to. In the country we live in we should have the RIGHT to wear what we want"

    This is not descrimination!!! This is being required to wear a uniform in a work setting. In my job I am required to wear a uniform of a color that differs from other employees. This is a requirement of my employment. I certainly have the RIGHT to terminate my employment and wear any color and style I want. I prefer to be employed!!!

  • Justin
    March 19, 2010 11:18 a.m.

    I guess only conservative looking people are qualified to work at a hospital. I could care less how a person looks as long as they can do their job. Now if they want to do this just give people a uniform and tell them to wear it. Defining hair styles, tattoos, piercings, well it's just stone age thinking in todays day and age. Tatts and facial piercings are the norm and keeping them out of the workplace is severely going to limit your pool of talent.

  • The NIT
    March 19, 2010 11:04 a.m.

    Good move - profesionalism is a good thing. This may be difficult to enforce, but I applaud your efforts.

  • Larry from SV
    March 19, 2010 10:39 a.m.

    Doesn't matter to me....I wouldn't go to the U. Hospital if my life depended on it. Perhaps the suits there to need to work on quality of care and antiquated wait times, rather than mandating nurses wear white (real smart!!)

  • :O
    March 19, 2010 10:18 a.m.

    *Gasp* No more Spongebob scrubs? :(

  • Dave
    March 19, 2010 10:13 a.m.

    To the Anonymous contibutor at 6:10am who wrote: "Of course as soon as this new health bill is rammed down our throats...we'll have to break out into spontaneous song and dance praising our liberal leaders..." (edited slightly for brevity)

    Way to get yourself to be taken seriously. Not.

    As someone who's kind of on the fence on the heath care issue, I just have to say that such obvious over-the-top hyperbole doesn't exactly help convince others.

    Just kind of makes you and those you agree with look like paranoid nutjobs.

    Take off the tinfoil hat, bring some common sense to the table. Then we'll see.

  • Dr Who
    March 19, 2010 10:01 a.m.

    Hem. My wife just got out of the hospital last week after some heart related surgery. She has been coughing ever since. When I used the restroom on the ward it was not clean so I'm thinking........
    Also on uniforms and job and freedom. Should we allow cops to dress more casual in the name of freedom. What are the possibilities here?
    Finally when a mother is delivering her baby should we allow everyone from the cafeteria or Wendys who would like to watch. It seems sometimes that is what is happening. Now with the new uniforms we might be able to identify as who should be there.

  • Anonymous
    March 19, 2010 9:47 a.m.

    I am an employee of the University of Utah hospitals and clinics. I have noticed the new dress code and I am impressed with how it looks. Good job guys! Now if we can just tighten up the non patient contact dress code as well. I am sick of seeing sweatpants pass as dress slacks, simply because the woman is over weight. Or matching top and bottom (that look like pajamas) you buy at Wal-mart shouldnt constitute business casual.

  • Hurray!
    March 19, 2010 9:45 a.m.

    Glad to see the professional look come back. My mother in law was a nurse and she wore the standard white uniform that nurses were suppose to wear. Now days some of the nurses I have seen are so sloppy looking. We have become a sloppy society. Now to clean up some of the teachers. Teachers use to dress up and look nice, now a lot of them just look like the kids, at least where I live they do.

  • Not far enough
    March 19, 2010 9:37 a.m.

    Looks are so much more important than anything else. I think we should require that they all cut their hair (no facial hair either), only skirts for the women, and white shirts and ties for the men. Obviously without the dress code the UU hospital has been a complete failure, and the dress code (borrowed from the missionaries?) may just be the only way to save it.

  • Anonymous
    March 19, 2010 9:17 a.m.

    I don't like being descriminated against. If I'm a janitor and want to wear a color that is "reserved" for a nurse or doctor I should be able to. In the country we live in we should have the RIGHT to wear what we want.

  • Thank you, U of U
    March 19, 2010 9:12 a.m.

    As a former patient, I was appalled at some of the shoddy scrubs worn by the staff ... and it was difficult to tell who was legit, and who was not.

    Why not provide uniforms, and wash/sterilize them in the centralized laundry? Provide changing areas, so people come to work in street clothes and change when they arrive.

    NOW...let's move on to teachers, next. I don't mind that Ogden man's tattoo as much as I mind the jeans & t-shirted "professionals".....and that's the WOMEN!

    MAYBE if you looked like a professional authority figure, the kids would respect and emulate you?

    As a society, we have become slobs.

  • John Pack Lambert
    March 19, 2010 9:10 a.m.

    To the 2:57 commentor,
    At one point all nurses wore white. That is the classic nurses uniform.
    Beyound that, since the fluids are bio-hazards, you want clothing that makes them easy to find. Sure, you feel compelled to wash it more often, but if blood spills on your shirt, should you just wear it again the next day?

  • John Pack Lambert
    March 19, 2010 9:06 a.m.

    This is not taking away anyones freedom. If employees do not like it they are free to quit.

  • anon
    March 19, 2010 8:54 a.m.

    Hurray, hurray, hurray. As a nurse I say we should look like the professionals we are and want to be respected for. Patients deserve to know the difference between their nurse and their housekeeper, both have an important duty, as all employees do. Name tags are obviously identifying but it is nice to be able to identify by uniform also. A neat white uniform was what first attracted me to wanting to be a nurse. There is just something about that look. Cartoon scrubs in pediatrics- I don't mind that but cartoon scrubs on a Med Surg unit not so good.

  • Alan
    March 19, 2010 8:03 a.m.

    When my son born in early 2008 and life-flighted to the NICU at Primary Childrens, his first nurse had strands of pink hair and a fleece jacket and I wouldn't have traded her for anyone else. She was spectacular for his first few days of life. I love the cartoon scrubs they wear at Primary so I hope they don't follow the U's code.

  • Great idea!
    March 19, 2010 7:54 a.m.

    It's about time we get professional looking professionals. If Wendy's employees have to look professional in their uniforms, why not those who care for us when we are sick or injured? When you dress professional you act more that way too.

  • Himself
    March 19, 2010 7:25 a.m.

    Focusing on the most important healthcare issue of our lifetime.

  • Yes, wear white
    March 19, 2010 7:25 a.m.

    I would like to know if the nurse who is attending to me has "not so pleasant blood and body fluids" from a previous patient on their clothing. I think they might want to change their shirt for their own sake as well. Have an ample supply available for their use and bleach them as needed.

  • Yucky white!
    March 19, 2010 7:13 a.m.

    I agree with this dress code, but white? Does not look flattering at all on a person especially for the top. They should pick another color.

  • Anonymous
    March 19, 2010 6:52 a.m.

    As a former patient, I am glad they are adopting this new dress code. There are quite a few industries where dress code is enforced, even retail stores and restaurants have a dress code. I also remember seeing cleavages and wondered if the old guy in next room would have a heart attack or an anxiety episode looking at that. I closed my eyes everytime the nurse bended to take my signals. If you work at a children's unit, then you're welcome to wear spongebob bottoms, otherwise, solid colors do look professional. After all, aren't nurses professionals or not?

  • chris
    March 19, 2010 6:31 a.m.

    Thank You U of U. I took my son to see a young new dermatologist and the whole staff there were looked so unprofessional. They all had in some way altered there scrubs. I really don't mind the tattoos but when I can see your lower back one while you are taking a medical history thats a problem and having your scrubs ripped up the sides and dragging on the floor you don't look like you work in a doctors office. I won't take my son back to that office.

  • its more about the patients
    March 19, 2010 6:21 a.m.

    In this case, patients trump employees.

    Patients are in a vulnerable state of health, and vulnerable state of mind.

    They deserve a healthcare team who are qualified, serious and competent---and who LOOK like they are COMPETENT.

    As a new mother at a SL hospital, it was unnerving to have my tiny newborn worked on by a neonatal (female)nurse sporting a spiked serious butch haircut and lots of piercings.

    I know she must have been qualified--but why can't she LOOK qualified, instead of like she'd just come in from a biker bar, or the lesbian convention??

    Maybe she DID just come in from the bar, or the convention--but must that be our first thought on seeing her? Our first thoughts (unconscious and conscious) should be: this person is just who I want dealing with my medical situation.

    There's plenty of off hours for health care workers to wear their clothing and piercings of choice.

  • Anonymous
    March 19, 2010 6:10 a.m.

    The dress code should make it so it is clear and obvious just by looking at someone as to what function they play in the hospital. A janitor should look different from a nurse who should look different from a doctor.

    The person drawing blood shouldn't look like they just came in begging from the street.

    Of course as soon as this new health bill is rammed down our throats and liberals push their socialists agenda on us. Everyone will be dressed in drabbed olive green, and we'll have minders watching us and we'll have to break out into spontaneous song and dance praising our liberal leaders who saved us from capitalism!! Just like or soon to be North Korean friends sing songs of praise to their leader spontaneously whenever cameras are around.

  • Why not...
    March 19, 2010 6:05 a.m.

    just provide a uniform for each level of nurse and be done with the issue?

    I read a study once that patients cared for by attractive nurses recovered faster and left the hospital sooner...likely because they were motivated by their attempts to impress the nurse.

    I certainly wouldn't mind my nurse showing a little cleavage.

  • wendy
    March 19, 2010 3:44 a.m.


  • Dress code for doctors
    March 19, 2010 3:10 a.m.

    I don't know why the physicians and medical students should be exempted from any dress code policy. The medical students, and especially residents and some interns are notoriously unkempt and lax in their appearance at the University.

    On more than one occasion I have mistaken a physician for someone much lower on the hospital food chain. These mistaken identities were based solely on the clothing, hair, and accessory choices they made.

    Many doctors or staff fail to identify themselves as they enter a room. So I've made it a habit to search for a visible name tag, employee ID, or embroidered name in order to sort out the MD's from the RN's or other staff...

  • Anonymous
    March 19, 2010 2:57 a.m.

    Did you catch that nurses have to wear white? On what planet is wearing white good for an occupation that is hands-on dealing with not so pleasant blood and body fluids? I think the administration has dismissed the 30% without giving their objections serious consideration. It sounds nice and hygienic, but in real life . . . get real.

  • Good
    March 19, 2010 1:12 a.m.

    We tend to act as we dress. This is true in all settings. I saw a teacher at my kids’ school have flip flops, tee shirt and levies on at the school during the work day. I did not like it. When people enter into a professional carrier, they should dress professionally. I am a self employed blue collar worker and people who hire me tend to have more confidence in me when I dress appropriately form my field of work. Also, I like it when I take my car to a repair shop that has workers wearing appropriate attire. You know — Name on the shirt and so on. “ We tend to act as we dress” .

  • Anon
    March 19, 2010 12:59 a.m.

    I cannot say how shocked I was when, years ago, I was at St. Mark's being prepped for surgery when a young woman walked into the room and informed me that more blood work was needed. I had been at the hospital the night before at 10:00 to make certain that all of that was taken care of and here she was: streaks of green and pink in her hair and visible tattoos, piercings everywhere and telling me that she wanted to draw more blood from me. I thought it was some kind of joke and then discovered that it wasn't! I have threatened to have a St. Mark's tattoo placed across my chest with a circle and line running through it.

  • Thomas
    March 19, 2010 12:55 a.m.

    Professionalism also breeds confidence. No one wants to be attended to by someone who looks like they don't belong in a hospital or doctors office. Sloppy looks unhygienic, and incompetent.

  • Great idea
    March 18, 2010 10:45 p.m.

    Speaking from a patient's perspective, this is great. More professionalism is never a downside, and it should result in more confidence in the competence of the caregivers.

    Those who say it takes away their freedom...well.... Unemployment can offer you the brand of freedom you want, but it probably pales in comparison to the warm, fuzzy feeling of solvency and independence that a paycheck brings.