Nursing Scrubs: White or Colorful?

11Sep2013

Uniforms and Apparel

When it comes to work uniforms for nurses, nursing assistants, medical assistants pharmacy techs, and more, scrubs are the universal choice. But that still leaves both employers and employees with one important question: plain or decorative?

Once you’ve checked with company uniform policy to see if there are any dress code mandates in regards to your scrubs, here are some tips on buying both white and colorful scrubs:

Tips for White Scrubs

If your company or organization only allows employees to wear white scrubs, you may find yourself frustrated at how often you’re laundering and replacing your work uniform. But there are a few ways to get more longevity out of those white scrubs. For example, ensure that you buy your scrubs in a bleach-safe fabric. That will help keep them bright white for as long as possible. Also, if you’re worried about dryer shrinkage following laundering, pick up your scrubs in a size bigger than you normally wear.

Tips for Colorful Scrubs

Before investing in crazy colored or patterned scrubs, find out if there are specific colors or themes that are forbidden by your work uniform dress code. Be sure to invest in the highest quality scrubs you can afford, to ensure that the colors stay true longer. Faded scrubs can look much older than they are, so it’s also wise to invest in a good laundry detergent. Of course, if your company provides a uniform service, you won’t have to worry about laundry or replacement, and can simply exchange your scrubs for new ones as they wear out.