Love them or hate them scrubs are a common uniform worn by nurses in their healthcare setting.
In fact scrubs offer a number of benefits to nurses beyond simply making it easy for patients to identify them.
Scrubs help nurses identify contaminants and bodily fluids, are inexpensive to replace, get cleaned using harsh chemicals and heat (often making them cleaner than regular clothing), protect personal clothing from being ruined and help identify nurses in the work place.
Here are just some of the benefits scrubs offer to the nurses and medical professionals that wear them.
Scrubs help identify potential contaminants
Scrubs are great for helping medical professionals identify contaminants and bodily waste such as vomit, stool, urine, blood and other fluids or chemicals.
Depending on the healthcare facility a nurse works for they may be required to wear solid color scrubs such as white or blue, however there are facilities that have less stringent polices that allow nurses to wear various colors and patterns.
The policies are often dependent upon the healthcare organization and the department the nurse works in.
Scrubs are cleaned under harsh conditions
Healthcare facilities that clean the scrubs and nursing uniforms that nurses wear may use special cleaning chemicals and high temperature machines to clean the nurses scrubs.
This type of cleaning is likely to be significantly harsher than those used to clean personal clothing and could potentially ruin a nurses own clothes if they were to wear them to work instead of scrubs.
The additional effort that is performed to washing a nurses scrubs ensures that they are thoroughly cleaned and that the contaminants are properly removed.
Scrubs are cleaner than regular clothing
Given the fact that some healthcare facilities clean their nurses scrubs it is likely that the scrubs will be cleaner than a nurses own personal clothing and because they are cleaned at the facility it can be almost guaranteed that the nurses outfits are cleaned and not re-worn without being washed, which helps ensure that the nurses aren’t carrying around potential germs or contaminants on their clothing.
This helps minimize the opportunists for both nurses and patients to give each other germs that may otherwise be carried from person to person.
Scrubs are inexpensive
Basic nursing scrubs are often inexpensive which makes them easily disposable if necessary and allows them to be cleaned under harsh circumstances with little concern.
If they ever are ruined they can be replaced without too much cost to the individual or healthcare facility.
Scrubs prevent personal clothing from being ruined
Scrubs prevent nurses from having to wear their own clothing, which could be ruined in the workplace as their personal clothing would likely come into contact with blood, stool, urine, vomit and other bodily fluids that may be common where the nurse works.
As stated earlier the inexpensive cost of scrubs makes it a much more effective and cost friendly alternative than wearing personal clothing to work.
Scrubs offer easy accessibility
Scrubs that offer lots of pocket space can make it easier for nurses to carry around their tools and equipment.
Nurses may use the pocket space to carry writing utensils, pen lights, bandages, IV caps, notepads, a PDA or smartphone, swabs, scissors, gloves and anything else they may require to perform their duties.
A good pair of scrubs can provide them with the room they need to fit all of their nursing gear.
However depending on the facility a nurse works for the dress code may require nurses to wear specific scrubs that can minimize the amount of pockets they can have on their uniform.
In this situation some nurses may choose to carry a “fanny pack” to help them carry additional nursing equipment.
Scrubs helps identify nurses
Just as police and firefighters wear uniforms when they’re working nurses also wear uniforms which helps patients and coworkers identify them in the work place.
Nurses are often easy to point out because of the scrubs they wear.
In some facilities nurses may even be required to wear certain color scrubs that are different from other work personnel such as doctors or practitioners so that they can be easily identified by sight.
They may also wear different color scrubs in different units or departments such as in the emergency room, operating room, neonatal care unit or general care.
The dress code policies for nurses may vary depending on the healthcare facility they work for, therefore not all hospitals or facilities will require nurses to wear the same types, colors or patterned scrubs.
Scrubs create a uniformed healthcare system
In addition to helping individuals identify the nurses in the facility some healthcare organizations feel that scrubs offer a more uniform and professional appearance.
By requiring nurses to wear scrubs these organizations can ensure that employees aren’t wearing personal brands or designs that could potentially detract from the professional healthcare setting they are operating in.
From a societal standpoint a nurse scrubs creates the same level of identification that a police uniform or firefighters outfit does by making these healthcare professionals and their abilities immediately known simply by their appearance.