by Martie L. Moore, RN, MAOM, CPHQ
I loved it!
I loved it when nursing moved from all white uniforms to scrubs. Not only did scrubs provide better protection and cleaning capabilities, they provided ease of movement and comfort.
Scrubs and the Silent Solidarity
Wherever you are, scrubs are like a badge of honor and provide you with the instant recognition of working in healthcare. How many times have you locked eyes in public with someone else out and about in scrubs and shared that moment of silent solidarity? “I know what you do. I know what you sacrifice. I know your struggles and your triumphs. Here’s to us.”
Scrubs can be equalizers. As a former CNO of a large hospital on the West Coast, I would round in my usual suit and heels. When I did that, I was seen as a “suit,” or someone not close to the bedside
in the eyes of the nurses. When I rounded in scrubs, however, they saw me as one of their own: someone who could identify with their struggles and needs—someone who would pitch in—rather than play “Big Brother,” looking over their shoulders and thinking in numbers and dollar signs.
Scrubs are also versatile and speak a universal language of care. I’ve worn them everywhere from the ED to the OR to training at a child safety fair. One of my colleagues even wears scrub pants when she’s practicing her ballroom dancing. You might be surprised as to where people admit their scrubs pop up.
Scrubs Shouldn’t Fail on the Job
As much as I love the comfort of scrubs, the fashionista side of me still wants to look good: to look polished and professional, and—depending on the style of scrub—perhaps a little less like a sack of potatoes. Everyone wants that. Caregivers want to put on scrubs and not have them look like they slept in them despite the fact that they’re fresh from the dryer. After all, scrubs are part of the first impression patients will have when clinicians meet, and we only have one chance to make sure that first impression is a positive one.
If scrubs make you look disheveled, what message does that send about the care you might provide? My uncle is currently in Intensive Care, and the first thing my cousin told me about his nurse was how wrinkled her scrubs were, how disorganized her practice was and how much my cousin did not trust her care. She never had to say a word – her non-verbals of appearance and action said it all.
Fortunately for all of us, there are some exciting advances in scrub fashion out there. And lest you think “scrub fashion” is a contradiction in terms, take a look at some of the new styles out there, such as Medline’s ave® scrubs. Now available at select Target® stores and on Target.com, these scrubs are designed with four-way stretch to move with you at work and on the go, providing flattering and sportswear-inspired fits to stay comfortable all day long. So for every lift, squat or stretch in your on-the-go day, you can do so with effortless confidence. These scrubs are offered in a variety of vibrant, lasting colors, and best of all, you can pull them straight out of the dryer fresh and unwrinkled.
Find scrubs that fit who you are: your life, your work and your style. You’ll be amazed at the difference the right scrubs can make.
About The Author:
Martie L. Moore, RN, MAOM, CPHQ, is the chief nursing officer at Medline Industries, Inc., the manufacturer of ave® scrubs. As CNO, Martie develops forward-thinking, solution-driven clinical programs, as well as new products and educational services. Prior to joining Medline, Martie was the chief nursing officer at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, Oregon. Moore has nearly 30 years of clinical experience and extensive nurse leadership.