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Should directors of nursing/chief nurses wear uniform?

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Should directors of nursing/chief nurses wear uniform?

Opinion is divided on whether or not directors of nursing should wear uniform - both among directors themselves and other nurses.

As board directors, should they wear smart business clothes?

Or does this make them invisible to the nurses they lead, and to patients and their families?

What do you think?

 

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  • Anonymous

    Who cares, they are rarely on the wards anyway. Do surgical directors wear theatre scrubs?

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  • Anonymous

    depends where they work but like Anonymous | 13-Aug-2012 9:03 am says

    Who cares

    i have never seen one of them

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  • Joanna Goodhead

    I have met two directors of nursing. One in a tunic and one in a suit. The one in the suit came over as a bit intimidating. I personally preferred the one in the tunic, it felt like she was one of 'us'. Maybe it wasn't their attire which made the difference. It could just have been that they were two very different women. Who knows?

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  • Anonymous

    Joanne, who knows and who cares.

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  • For those who say 'who cares' just take a minute to think about what you are saying. If nurse directors are ignored when developing new organisations there is uproar. Rather than say 'who cares' ask you nurse director if you can shadow them for a day to see what they actually do - you may be surprised. I have never been a nurse director - never wanted to be one, but the ones I do know shout for nursing against the louder voices of medics and management.

    I have no opinion on whether they should wear a uniform or not - let them decide.

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  • Anonymous

    scruffy designer jeans and a dyed punk hairdo would be good!

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  • Johanna Goodhead
    I would be very much incline to the hypothesis that the nursing directors were completely different women because the one in the suit was actually a man.

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  • Sydney Emerson RN
    In my facility there are many directors and managers that were scrubs. The different units see their directors frequently,however they are busy with their own jobs. For those who say "who cares" are sending a message of Im not making a decision for the whole staff. At times standing up and moving forward is the right thing to do. I like the directors and managers wearing scrub,to me it shows other nurses "WE are in the trenches just like you.

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  • Anonymous

    but they are not in it just like you are they?
    anymore than mr Cameron and you are all in this together. he is in one position and you are in another totally different one!

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  • Anonymous

    They should be seen in uniform and practice what they preach.

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