Scrub suits have become the standard uniform of medical practitioners in North American and in several other countries throughout the world. Although some hospitals have imposed regulations regarding specific colour, cut and fit, most health care institutions allow their employees to exercise a great deal of person choice when deciding what kind of scrubs they wear to work.
1. If the price is right
Although low prices can be tempting, it is generally advisable to spend a few extra dollars and make sure you are buying your uniform from a good quality manufacturer. Cheap scrubs can end up being a liability at work, you don’t want a pair that wares quickly and that the stitching is going to come out of.
2. Looks are important too
From an aesthetic point of view, no one wants linty scrubs with faded colours. It is better to find a set you really like and invest in one good pair instead of three pairs of very low quality. Focusing on branded ones does not mean hit the retailer and spend all your money on multiple outfits. It is also worth keeping an eye out for sales, as most brands hold them regularly.
3. Traditional or trendy
The scrubs you wear at work can reflect your personality outside of the professional environment and help communicate something about yourself to your clients and coworkers. When choosing your scrub design, go with what feels right to you.
If you are usually most comfortable in simple, basic clothing, stick with that. Or if you’re looking to catch more attention, be more open to exploring new trends and flashier designs. Scrubs can even be an opportunity to try something new. You might discover a new you if you give yourself a chance to try out different styles while at home or out with some friends on your day off. The result may boost your self-esteem which is a positive sign. Finding the right scrub clearly takes a bit of trial and error.
4. Pockets or not
In addition to feel good about the style you’ve chosen, it is also important to consider little details that can help improve the functionality of your uniform. For example, take into consideration the things you usually put in your chest pocket, and how important these things are. Or maybe you’re noticing that loading the chest pocket of your scrubs puts some distress to your neck and shoulders, in which case it might be a good idea to choose a design without one so that you’re forced to find an alternative.
Or course, there are other places to incorporate pockets. Aside from pens and a cellphone, bringing along medical instruments at all times is important among healthcare workers. Since you’ll be carrying a patient chart, a stethoscope or other equipment in your hands, you need pockets to store other things. If you are the type of person who wants to be ready all the time, patch pockets should be present in your nurse uniform scrubs, in your scrub tops and scrub pants.
5. All about fit
Just because scrubs are generally loose-fitting, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try them on before making a purchase. Regardless of how they look on a hanger, you won’t know for sure how they are going to suit your body type until you try them on for yourself.
For males, scrubs are either too wide or too fit. While most female nurses don’t know their actual measurements. As a result, nurses tend to buy outfits that don’t fit them as well as they should. The better they fit, the more comfortable you will feel, the more confidence you will have, and the better you will be able to do your job.