Have nurses met their match in a poly-cotton blend? Beyond the Bedpan senses you’ve some strong opinions when it comes to caps and capes.
Nurses, you’re a tough bunch. A lot comes your way in the course of your working week - gruelling shifts, innumerable workplace hazards, variable respect from your esteemed medical colleagues - and you bear it with style. Bring it on, that’s what you say.
But messing with your body clock and your immune system is one thing.
It’s quite another when someone tries to kit you out in an itchy, ugly or weird-coloured uniform.
At least that’s what you said when Nursing Times reported on the new student uniforms that were unveiled at King’s College this week. Have a look at them here. Created by a fashion student, they might be a hit on the catwalk, but still, you weren’t impressed. At least the new rags are just for students and aren’t intended to be used in practice.
It seems that the uniforms have brought out a touch of Gok Wan in our readers.
“Oh my gosh, could the colours have been any worse?” one commenter asked.
“So glad I am not a student there. What were they thinking?” protested another.
“They’ll make anyone more than stick-thin look like a house,” said a third.
Another summed it up nicely in text-speak: “OMG!”
And it wasn’t just the new kit’s style credentials you objected to. You also sensed some throwback, sexist sensibilities at play.
“As for a return to hats - whatever next??? Re-introduction of belts or capes perhaps?” one shocked commenter quipped.
“These uniforms smack of nursing hand maidens… atrocious,” said another.
A third wrote: “Never mind the hats….are they wearing stockings? Who could gripe about professional status when they get the chance to be lusted after by every perv in the country!”
“Why oh why does nursing as a profession want to live in the 1950’s?” another reflected.
Beyond the Bedpan has to say we’re with you on this one. After all, the whole profession is at stake. As one commenter said: “Why not have a uniform which demonstrates professionalism? Teachers, architects, lawyers….none of them wear a frilly hat* for work.”
*If we’re being fair, a couple of you stood up for hats. We weren’t sure if you were kidding.