But a new administration is in place and they are shaking things up. Soon, we will no longer be allowed to wear open-toe shoes. Even peep-toes will be outlawed. We will not be allowed to wear khakis. A couple of years ago, we were given the option to purchase fleeces with the hospital logo and our department/title on them - we'll no longer be allowed to wear those, either. If I get cold, I can put on a white sweater. Those are not absolutely terrible changes. I'll miss my peep-toes, but I'll live. I'm a little annoyed that just a year ago I spent $35 on a fleece that I can't wear anymore, but I'll get over it.
But it's not just the professional staff who are getting changes. The nurses are being handed a pretty shitty deal:
|This is actually titled "Old Fashioned Nurse"|
The new CNO based this decision on a survey done in 2006 that found that people feel that they got better, more professional care from nurses in all-white uniforms. What she failed to mention is that the survey results were actually that 55% of men over the age of 70 reported that; other age groups reported no difference in care. And another study, done in January 2011, found that across all age groups, people responded that nurses in colorful scrubs with small print/pattern delivered the best care and were the most empathetic. But the CNO chose not to use that study, and instead used the 5-year-old study based on a survey of 800 patients from one hospital. Hmmm...
Anyway, needless to say, the nurses here are not happy. Many are starting to band together and come up with ways to fight this. Several have written letters. I can't really say I blame them. While I do love my white pants in the summertime, I would not want to wear them day in and day out, on days when I have my period (flashback to middle school period checks!)....and certainly not if I were spending my day cleaning up people's piss and shit. I intend to fully support the nurses, however I can.
What do you think? Nurses in white: a throwback to the 40s, a dirty male fantasy, or actual better care?