Why You Need to Toss Your Scrubs & Buy New
Okay, nurses. Let's have a moment of honesty. You're still wearing those same old scrubs you had in nursing school, aren't you? You know the ones I'm talking about. They're tattered and faded, but feel like old, comfy pajamas...
It's a professional thing. We all have that nurse friend who insists on wearing the same, ragged old scrubs to work. You know she's a great nurse. Her patients love her. And yet, she looks like a total mess every day. One thing all of these gals have in common is that they are rarely, if ever considered for a promotion. While they are loved and respected, they aren't viewed as professionals and therefore are stuck in their current position. Whether you want to move up in your organization or not, you certainly don't want to be viewed as unprofessional or sloppy in your dress. Replacing your scrubs gives you a leg up simply by portraying a sense of professionalism and care, therefore giving management, patients, families, and coworkers a reason to take a second look.
It's a comfort thing. I know, I know. You're thinking that your old raggedy scrubs are the most comfortable things you've ever worn. Trust me when I tell you that a pair of new scrubs is akin to brand new underwear or socks. The way the soft fabric feels against your skin and the way the shape hugs you in all the right places will send shivers down your spine! Well, maybe not shivers…but you get the point. They'll feel great!
Regardless of why you decide to switch out your old scrubs for new, do it frequently enough to stay clean, fashionable, comfortable and professional. Yearly on your date of hire is a great time to place an order, but every 6 months is even better. Even if you simply re-order the same scrubs from the previous year, at least you'll avoid looking tattered and inadvertently carrying around tons of nasty bacteria!
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