One of the luxuries of being a bedside nurse is the hassle free process of determining what to wear each shift. The bedside nurse attire varies across healthcare systems. Having only worked for two healthcare systems where one system was more formal which created more uniformity across the system and a clear way for patients, families, caregiver, visitors to differentiate the nurse from a CNA, therapist, etc. The other system having several variations based on the bedside nurse setting and even allowing department/unit designed shirts and organization shirts. Initially wearing shirts with scrub pants was an adjustment for me coming from a more formal scrub attire culture. However, I very much enjoy the comfort it provides, the pride of departments, units, specialties, as well as representation of our healthcare system. And most importantly it creates a less intimidating look while working in pediatrics.
As much as I enjoy wearing scrubs I loved an opportunity to attend a class or meeting for work wearing business causal attire and being unrecognizable by teammates. Who else loves that feeling when teammates see you in ‘street clothes’?As I pursued my journey toward a leadership path I looked forward to dressing the part. Ironically, over the past 11 months since transitioning into a leadership position I’ve worn scrubs more than business causal. One primary reason was due to the amount of weight I’ve accumulated and being unable to wear most of my clothes. This made scrubs more convenient because I could conceal the weight behind my loose fitting scrubs and/or shirts. Though convenient, it also changed how I perceived myself as a leader. Thanks to two of my favorite Podcast shows – Happier With Gretchen Rubin & Happier In Hollywood I decided to try Noom and after my free trail I committed to begin my life reset journey to feeling like my best self again and living it daily!
A month into Noom with gradual (more like tortoise pace progress which I don’t mind my pace as it suits – lol, pun intended me) I decided in early July to challenge myself by intentionally wearing scrubs less. Since implementing Noom and believing I can achieve my goals; how I felt about myself started to change and from the compliments received by teammates and/or strangers reinforced my efforts. According to Richards (2015) how we dress affects how we feel. And how we feel impacts our ability to be productive and influence people. And there is a scientific term for this called Enclothed Cognition. If you have a moment to read Richards article its a short quick and great read. I’ve referenced the article below!
Now, don’t get me wrong there have been occasional days as a leader wearing scrubs was necessary. It’s been years since I’ve purchased scrubs and while wanting to equally improve my scrub game to my wardrobe I’m loving everything about FIGS especially their Threads on Threads initiative.
If you’re like me and deciding what to wear is/can be a hassle there are several services available to minimize decision fatigue, step out of your comfort zone if you choose, reduce time spent shopping in store and online. I’ve been a member of StitchFix and love the convenience of their services. In fact three of the items pictured above were StitchFix wins. I’m learning better how to mix and match items to create more variety from my closet. Pinterest is another helpful resource I use to mix and match items. I also recommend following clothing stores you frequent on social media for ideas as well as fashion bloggers on Instagram such as @Pinterstingplans. And I recently volunteered to be my friend Heather’s first client as she begins to develop herself as a fashion concierge see images below she created just for me for work to evening night out look!
I’d love to hear from you on how you dress for your current position/future position. How you make the process less cumbersome and what tips/services you’ve used!
Richard, C. (2015, December 7). Dress the part and its easier to walk the walk. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/08/your-money/dress-the-part-and-its-easier-to-walk-the-walk.html