Medical practitioners all need scrubs to wear to work. This is much more than just a uniform, it is a functional and practical choice of clothing that will allow them to do their jobs to the best of their abilities. Many hospitals and doctor’s offices will have guidelines on what scrubs to wear as there is a great deal of variety available to doctors and nurses when it comes to scrubs. They come in a variety of different cuts and colours.
Here is a list of things that you should keep in mind as you shop around for scrubs.
1. How much should I spend?
As with any item of clothing, with scrubs, you get what you pay for. If you get the cheapest scrubs available, they will not last. The last thing you need before the start of your shift is to find that the stitching has come out, or they have shrunk in the wash. As a medical professional, you need to always look professional and put together. You must inspire confidence in your patients. A clean, well-made pair of scrubs is the best way to do this.
All that being said, you don’t need to break the bank when it comes to the purchase of your scrubs, with some patience you may be able to find some very good quality scrubs that are on sale.
2. Do you care about fashion?
Of course you do, but does that have anything to do with the scrubs that I wear to work? The answer is yes. The next time you see someone wearing scrubs, take a closer look at the design. You may notice that there are some subtle differences in the cut and style of the scrubs that one nurse wears compared to a doctor. You need to make sure that the scrubs that you buy are right for your workplace and you feel comfortable when standing next to your colleagues. There is no need to rush this, take some time, and try on a few different styles to see what you like the most.
3. The neck
This cut of the neck in your scrubs is totally personal preference. Just like a t-shirt, there are a number of different styles that you can choose from. Before you buy any scrubs, it is always best to check with your employer to make sure that the style that you’re looking at is appropriate for your work.
4. Do you want/need a chest pocket
If you are used to having a chest pocket in your scrubs then there is probably no going back. If you start to wear a pair of scrubs without one you will be forever searching for it to put things into it. If you haven’t tried a chest pocket in your scrubs yet then it may be time to give it a go.
5. What colour do you want to wear?
You may need to check with your employer as to the guidelines around the colour of scrubs that you can wear to work. If there is no specific rule, then you should feel free to experiment with different colours for your nursing uniforms. There are a lot of options to choose from. Remember that darker colours will usually last longer as stains will not be as obvious.
There is a benefit to buying multiple pairs of the same colour. It means that you can mix and match the pants and top and still have a matching set. This can be a very handy time saver when you are getting ready for your next early morning shift.