“To be someone wearing white shoes with white stockings, walking in a white room with a white crown.” When I was in high school, this ambition was very common in yearbooks. Uniform!!! It is one of the reasons why we nurses are distinguished from other professionals. Because of this, we should respect it.
As I have observed nowadays, students wearing their nursing uniforms do not know what this means. They use dirty uniforms that are not well-ironed, loose threads hanging, patches of stains conspicuous, going to fastfood chains still using their aprons, loosing their buns just before the duty ends, wearing dirty caps, and using printed bra and panties. I mean I can go a long list of things that would tamper the profession’s pride and glory. I always see nursing students outside the school premises who are smoking with their uniforms and here is the catch, smoking with their instructors, in worst case scenarios, going to bars and pubs with their uniforms.
My instructors in college told us stories about their days in college. They use chemise and sando when using their uniforms. They fix their hair so well that not a strand of hair is sticking out. They also use their cap and put enough bobby pins for it to be sturdy and stiff. Their caps are washed every after duty with “gawgaw” for it to be sturdy and white. Some of these are still applied to some schools. According to school rules and regulations, once the uniforms are not respected, demerit will be given. Demerit means, having lost points on your grade which is quite a shame. I mean, having a low grade just because of not respecting your uniform?? Duh!!!
Fashion!! Fashion really is a big deal in college. Nurses are seen as clean and not seen as prostitutes or models. It is a no no to wear colored contact lenses and heavy make up as if you’re going to a beauty contest, the same when your face is obviously lighter than your neck. It is a no no to wear high heels even though it is white. It’s a no no to unbutton your blouse until your cleavage is already popping out. These are allowed when you are not in your uniform. Our generation is changing fast. When I was in my college days, we were not allowed to wear our uniform without a topper because it emphasizes our body shape and we are not wearing those to allure people. We don’t even go to fast food chains wearing those or even go to crowded places such as malls because we don’t even know what bacteria or microorganism we can spread through our uniforms. We are like vehicles that spread diseases.
Some schools are using this system to discipline students and to prepare them for being a nurse (which is quite good). This practice should not just be observed by students but by STAFF NURSES as well. I’m not generalizing but most staff nurses do smoke during their duty breaks and go to malls bars after their duty while wearing uniforms. I admit, after my duty in the hospital, I went to the mall to buy some personal things, but that was only once. After the school had disciplined you, this is what you will do?? Come on!! Or did the school gave you the necessary discipline but you’re pretending to be uninformed? When I was still an Instructor, I always say to my students that if they plan to go to bars or pubs after duty, they should bring extra clothes. The people will see you drink which contradicts what you do at work: you tell patients that drinking and smoking are bad to their health. It seems that nurses are growing more and more stubborn that their patients.
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