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The Well-Attired Worker

Since I haven’t started nursing classes yet (that begins on May 24 with microbiology) and while I am currently in clinicals, my clinicals are for different healthcare training that I graduate from on May 22nd, I can’t really get to posting anything about nursing school yet. But I wanted to post something, so I got to thinking. My mind went back to a trip to a uniform store to pick up my beautiful stethoscope, a Littmann Lightweight II SE that I’d been coveting for over a year, since my time in the hospital work sector had begun. It’s not the stethoscope I was thinking of posting about, though the stethoscope is a beautiful thing in and of itself — it’s a pair of scrubs, made by the designer Kathy Peterson under her Koi label, that I immediately thought of. This pair of scrubs was longsleeved and made of a thin, soft brown fabric, with turquoise trim on the pants and a full turquoise T-shirt overlay on the top. Turquoise and brown are a color combination I tend to wear a lot, and they actually had these scrubs in the rarely-found XS size (it’s hard for me to buy anything as a 5’1″ 90-pound weakling), so now that I had bought my fancy, expensive stethoscope as a gift to myself for my unexpectedly high TEAS scores, I had something new to covet.

As I had just purchased a $65 stethoscope I really didn’t have the spare $50 for the scrubs. I’ve got a majorly limited income; going broke on one trip to the uniform store, while entirely possible for someone like me, isn’t all that appealing. Things like eating and having a place to live, unfortunately, outrank stethoscopes, scrubs, shoes, useful gizmos like EKG calipers, study guides and other such gems that can be found at these places. (The only place I can spend more money at in one go than a uniform store is Staples. I’ve got some strange shopping tastes.)

When I was trying to think of something to post about, though, that’s where my thoughts went — and just as I was sitting and contemplating if that was really a good idea, a current RN working on the floor I was posted opened up her LiveJournal account and started linking scrubs and other things she’d like to purchase when she had the chance. Well, I thought, if she can do it, I can do it. And I’ll enjoy it. Maybe it makes a terrible first impression of me as materialistic, which I generally am not, or obsessed with fashion, which I am also generally not, but it might be fun. (I’m not big on caring that much about how other people see my appearance, and I actually hate shopping; I love colors, individualism and styles, which is why I’m so big on tricking out my healthcare attire.) Google led me to the Koi website, and I was satisfied I could get to putting up a picture of, or at least a link to, those awesome scrubs. Then I wouldn’t forget where to find them when I wanted to buy them again …

So imagine my horror when going through the entire Koi website brought up no results for the scrubs I had loved so much! The closest thing I could find was a set with an identical design but different colors, which, while better than nothing was not my beloved turquoise and brown. (The more I write this the more pretentious and materialistic I feel.) At least now I know they still have that design, and those colors aren’t bad. And at least I know what I’m doing: making an entirely consumer-whore type post about stuff I like.

Hunting for other nice scrubs gave me more than scrubs to look at, though. An internet prowl brought me to a nursing site called Scrubs: The Nurse’s Guide to Good Living. On that site I found a few really good scrubs-(and-stuff-)related informative posts very much worth sharing, like:

They also have an interesting series called The Perils of Beauty discussing a nurse’s image and wear, as well as something that reminds me of the more serious edition of a Cracked top ten post: historic nursing uniforms (the good, the bad and the ugly).

So now that I’ve rambled a bit and provided a whole bunch of links from an interesting site I found entirely by accident, I’m not entirely sure where I was going with this. Originally, I was just going to be talking about a pair of scrubs; that didn’t work out. I considered just linking a bunch of stuff I wanted, but that seemed too materialistic and self-centered. Now I’ve got some more informative links, and so I guess the best way to close this off is to share some of my own favorite “stuff”: scrub brands like Koi, from earlier, but also Dickie’s, which I currently wear (in solid colors — I wish I had things like the Spring Prints); Cherokee, which I’ve seen a lot of nice things from (and who are kind enough to also have things for less), and the awesome pony(tail) scrub hats from Blue Sky Scrubs, which I absolutely need some of — OR hats really don’t accommodate my hair, and I’ve got to stand in on a C-section tomorrow. I don’t think I can get one in time.

Now if only I knew yet what our school’s scrub uniform looked like. Then I could get on to talking about that.

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3 responses to “The Well-Attired Worker

  1. brandnewnursegirl July 5, 2010 at 1:27 am

    I wanted to say that I am your exact height and weight as well, hah. I didn’t realize getting scrubs in an XS was any sort of feat! Luckily, I don’t have clinicals until 2 years from now. I also found your links very interesting 🙂

    • Tai July 6, 2010 at 1:53 pm

      Actually, when I went to buy my school uniform the scrub supplier said to me, “I think the size that will fit you best is an extra-extra small,” and I said “that should work well!” and his response was, “No, I think it’ll still be a little big.”

      Only barely, but it is.

      It’s very hard being small in healthcare; I’ve been dealing with it in EMS for five years and it’s something that gets lots of heckling and uniform issues and queries as to whether I’ve turned twelve yet.

  2. brandnewnursegirl July 6, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    OMG, wait, they sell extra-extra small? Really?! That is so amazing.

    Yeah, when I worked in a lab over the summer, they never had gloves/lab coat to fit me. I got the small, and nearly drowned in it when I wore it hah. I take comfort in the fact that once I am a real nurse, my mother has agreed to take me to get my scrubs tailored so I don’t look incredibly ridiculous ^^.

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