Interesting article in one of our National Newspapers recently by a Nurse of some thirty years experience commending a trend apparently coming out of the Maritimes suggesting that nurses should look like nurses (i.e. be appropriately uniformed and clearly distinguishable). Patients prefer to easily recognize the professionals who are treating them and not ask the cleaning staff for medical advice. In the hospital environment white uniforms clearly show up dirt and stains which may be potential sources of infection. Nurses should not look as though they are coming to work in their pyjamas.
When I was a
Department Chair many years ago, I had a departmental dress code in
place so that many of the crunchy granola types of the era had to look
clean, reasonably groomed and look as though they could just possibly
be doctors, some day. Patient expectations demanded no less.
I'm told I could never get away with that now!
Ah well, just consider me a grumpy old man!!