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Scrubs Fashion Guide for Nurses in 2013

While nursing and fashion are not considered related, scrubs wearers have evolved their taste in a lot of matters including how they look or present themselves to the world. There was a time when white was the ultimate choice for health care professionals. Now they have a number of great choices such as pastel colors, warm shades, or neutral colors.


You don’t have to be a fashion conscious person to want to look presentable at your workplace. When followed properly, there are simple rules of health and hygiene that make you look way more gorgeous than a coworker who shows up at work accessorized from head to toe.


In context of the New Year’s Eve, we thought of sharing some simple yet effective fashion guidelines for the aspiring students at a nursing school or practicing nurses. Here’s how you can smoke that nursing fashion phobia out in 2013.


• Clothing Guidelines:

Clothing Guidelines

In scrubs, you have a huge range of colors to choose from. However, mixing and matching the different tones can be tricky for some people. Here are a few key points to remember:


• Use colors not just in accordance with your mood. Do consider the season and wear appropriate colors. For example, you can wear a combination of warm and neutral colors in winters, whereas, cool shades such as light blue or pastel colors are more suitable for summers.

• Do not wear two strong colors together. Always keep it balanced with either a lighter shade in scrubs bottoms or top.

• Don’t hesitate in using colors that generate happing feeling and give positive vibes to other around you. Those colors include sunny yellow, refreshing orange, green, and indigo. However, keep the first point in mind.

• When you’re off duty, try to wear more of prints and vibrant colors such as maroon, pink or dull yellow: colors you normally avoid at work. This way, you’ll not feel stagnant not just to yourself but to others as well.


• Accessories:


You can smash a plain looking dress with appropriate accessories or you could kill a gorgeous dress with ill-matching or gaudy adornment. So here is what you can do to avoid embarrassing fashion bloopers:


• Do not overdo your mascara and eyeliner, unless, of course, you’re off duty. Patients won’t feel so comfortable with an eerie-looking nurse.

• Absolutely no strong perfumes or deodorants should be used especially if you work in the intensive care. In the Pediatric ward, it may not feel as repulsive, though.

• No facial piercing is recommended other than on your ears or nose. Even then, make sure you adorn it with something elegant (not too flashy) or it will drown your professional look at work.

• Please avoid wearing too many rings at work, or any, if you’re in dental care.


• Footwear:


It goes without saying that foot care is important. But people often forget the importance of what they wear for a 12 hour shift at work. They invest hundreds of dollars to buy beautiful party wear or shoes that they wear only occasionally. But when it comes to buying shoes for work, they simply shrug off their shoulders and buy the cheap ones. Here are the important things you should remember while choosing footwear for work.


• Give priority to the best fit and comfort of the feet, even if it costs you more.

• MBT, Birkenstock, and Dansko footwear are highly recommended for health care professionals.

• If you work in one of the series faculties of nursing, tone down the brightness of the color of your shoes. However, no need to wear black unless you absolutely want to.


• Hair Care:

Hair Care

Nothing beautifies your personality more than a well-taken-care-of, lustrous, hair that convinces the patient to want to be taken-care-of by you. It is one of the major indicators of how fatigued or perked up you are so treat it well. Here is what you can do:


• Don’t let your hair go limp and greasy. Use a good shampoo at least twice a week.

• Don’t let your hair go dry either and if you can’t oil them often, do oil massage at least twice every month.

• Your stressful work hours may give you dandruff. Consult a dermatologist before it does any serious damage to your hair. That means you get treatment as soon as it occurs because once it’s left to spread, it doesn’t go away that easily.

• A simple braid or bun can keep your hair from dipping into a puddle of excretion. You sure don’t want that, do you? Make sure your hair is styled comfortably for work.


• Overall Hygiene:

Overall Hygiene

I shouldn’t have to tell the health care practitioners how to take care of their overall hygiene, but it so happens, that many of us still need reminding a good many times. Make sure that:


• You take a quick shower at the end of each shift to freshen up.

• Your skin is thoroughly moisturized especially during winters because dry and chapped skin is an open invitation
   to different infections and allergies.

• Take care of your nails and cuticles. Cracked cuticles lead to nasty infections.

• Corns and bunions should be dealt with by a professional. DO NOT cut them with a razor blade.

• Always use clean shoes and socks to avoid bad odor and infection.

• Never show up at work with the remains of yesterday’s make-up.

• There’s no such thing as a “man-stink”. It’s simply a stink. So male nurses should especially take care of the first      point of hygiene and use plenty of antiperspirants afterwards.


As the New Year rolls in, we’ll be giving you more tips and tricks regarding various nursing fashion dilemmas and trends. For now, take care of the above mentioned guidelines and let us know what other fashion principles you follow to enhance your elegance at work.


Happy New Year to all our esteemed readers out there! Hope you have a fantastic year ahead! ;)


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