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Dress Codes for Nurses?

Posted Jan 14 2009 8:34pm

This is a follow up to my previous post, Pajamas at Work, concerning hospital nurses dress codes, or lack there of.

I'm an ANA member and, as such, receive their journal, American Nurse Today. The most recent issue highlights a study done by nurses at the Winchester (Virginia) Medical Center concerning patient preferences concerning the way nurses dress.

Windel, L., Halbert, K., Dumont, C., Tagnesi, K. & Johnson, K. (2008). An Evidence Based Approach to Creating a New Nursing Dress Code. American Nurse Today 3: 1. pp 17 - 19.

The study was designed to answer four questions:
  • How well can patients identify the nurses responsible for their care?
  • What are the patient's perceptions of the nurses' professionalism?
  • How do patients prefer to identify nurses?
  • What manner of dress for nurses do patients prefer?
Randomly selected adult inpatients were selected to complete a questionnaire that attempted to answer these questions.

Being able to identify their RN was extremely important to the patients surveyed.

You can read the entire article here.

More research like this is definitely needed!
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