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‘I don’t have enough uniforms to wear a clean one every day’


Do you have any advice for this student nurse?

“This is a bit of a practical problem but hopefully someone out there will have been there and found a solution!

“I started my nursing course in September and have been on placement since January. The problem is, I live in halls and don’t have enough uniforms to wear a clean one every day without constantly trekking down to the laundry room. It wouldn’t be so bad if I had a washing machine in my house but it means sitting in the laundry room waiting for the wash to finish every time.

“Anyone else had this problem? More importantly, has anyone else found a solution?!”


Caroline, London


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Readers' comments (4)

  • How many uniforms do you actually have? We are given three sets of scrubs here. I bought extra ones from them and it was only about £6 or so for the trousers. Maybe you could ask if that's an option? Failing that you could always take a book down to the laundry room and do a spot of reading whilst there. That's good use of the time at least.

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  • tinkerbell

    sorry but let's say you have 3 uniforms, if you wash them altogether then after 3 days wash them altogether then rather than washing them one at a time. Hope this offers a practical solution. Obviously if you've only got one uniform this is unworkable.

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  • I Found the only solution to this was to buy more, then just wash it all in one go, but obviously this is still tricky as you can't really wash your dark trousers with light tunics and dresses!

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  • Hi Caroline. How many uniforms do you have? Are there any other students in the halls that you could share the uniform wash with? If you could share the load with someone you could take it in turns to go to the laundry and save yourselves a little money at the same time. Otherwise I have the same thoughts as previous posters - use the time to read/study or see if you can invest in more. Good luck :)

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