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Student debate

Do student nurse uniforms increase infection risk?


What do you think? Do you have enough uniforms to ensure they are clean every shift?

Last week at #SNTtwitchat you told us how few uniforms you are issued with and how difficult this makes it to have a clean one every shift. We were surprised to hear that many of you have the same set of uniforms throughout your training, unless you pay for replacements out of your own pocket.

  • How many uniforms are you issued with? Is this enough?
  • Are you able to wear a clean uniform every shift?
  • Should it be up to students, universities or placements to ensure student nurse uniforms are suitable?
  • What benefits would there be to wearing scrubs rather than uniforms?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.


Readers' comments (4)

  • I think that all nurses should wear scrubs in hospital, irrespective of department. Different coloured ID lanyards with rank or designation printed on them would eliminate any patient confusion.

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  • We get 5 tunics and 4 trousers which is fine for a week but these have to last the 3 yrs...

    I think we should get a new set each year or at least every 18mths so that they are still serviceable at by the end of the course. I mean the nhs pays enough for the course surely some of this could be used to buy us more uniforms.

    Also better fitting trousers would be fantastic as the waist band sits too high up and digs in just under your ribs.

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  • we had an automatic valetting service introduced just before I left the hospital and could retrieve a clean uniform daily using our hospital ID swipe card. this was also used to clock in and out and eventually could be used for paying for meals in the restaurants.

    we weren't all keen on wearing uniforms from a pool which had been worn by others and some did not smell very fresh and sometimes had stains on them.

    all hopital employees wore white which I prefer to a range of different coloured uniforms and we had a different coloured square on our ID cards to show our role. these cards slid into a badge holder which we all wore on the top right hand side of our uniform.

    I can't imagine working with a lanyard dangling round my neck as I feel it ccould get in they way of doing manual work, get caught, cause injury and be a hygiene issue. Have any problems associated with them been reported?

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  • I was issued with 4 tunic tops and 2 pairs of black pants from my uni. The tunic tops are fine to wash but 2 pairs of pants arent enough and will need to buy some out of my own pocket.

    I have always believed scrubs are more comfortable especially in summer.

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