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Are Printed Scrubs a Patient Pep Talk?


When it comes down to the prints vs. solids debate, most everyone in the medical field has their own opinion. Some think that printed, cartoon scrubs are silly and unprofessional and others insist that these tops can have an overwhelming positive effect on their patients (even those medical professionals who aren’t in pediatrics!)

Those in favor of unit-wide matching solids argue that having different departments and titles (CNA, RN, etc.) wearing matching scrub colors makes it easier for patients to recognize who’s who and that also aids in improving staff unity. Many also believe that this sleek, unified look enhances professionalism. Some think that a standardized uniform is worth it just to not have to worry about anything in the morning while you’re getting ready for your shift! But does someone’s outfit dictate their ability to do their job, or does their job performance display that? It’s a heavily debated question. 

Those who dispute this theory that matching improves patient perception and staff morale think that choice in scrubs allows for individual expression through medical uniforms and serves as a mood booster, even for adults! These healthcare workers claim that in a stark-white, sterile hospital environment, a cheery nurse in printed scrubs may be just the ticket for bringing a mood-lifting smile to a patient’s face. These supporters believe that if they are happy as employees, it will increase their job satisfaction and patient care. Their behavior and skills should speak for their ability to perform their job, not their scrub top. If you were a patient in a hospital unit around Halloween or Christmas, would a nurse in a festive holiday scrub top be a welcome distraction to temporarily take the patient’s focus off of being sick, or would it be a display of unprofessionalism? Some even support this side for a different reason altogether; that since the hospital isn’t paying for the scrubs, and the employee is, they shouldn’t be told what they have to spend their money on. 

How do you feel about this hot-button topic for the medical field? Are you required to adhere to a dress code, and if so, are you happy with this? 

For more information, visit, your one-stop shop for all of your nursing scrubs and medical uniforms needs. Uniform Advantage is a leading retailer of scrubs and medical uniforms. Founded in 1985, the company operates out of Plantation, Florida and ships from their distribution center near Atlanta, Georgia. It has grown to include 27 scrubs stores located in key cities across the US and Canada, a catalog division and an entity dedicated to the online market.

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