The other day, I was asked why nurses wear scrubs.
I was a little surprised by the question because I hadn’t really ever thought much about why I had to wear scrubs except that I had to.
I went and did some research and was a bit surprised to learn there are some practical reasons why nurses wear scrubs.
Some were pretty obvious, and others not so much.
Why Do Nurses Wear Scrubs?
Nurses wear scrubs because it’s mandated by their employer’s policy. On top of that, wearing scrubs allows nurses to be easily identified by patients and visitors. Furthermore, scrubs are more sanitary, easier to clean, and cheaper to dispose of than regular clothes.
The Reasons Nurses Wear Scrubs
Even though this article is specifically about nurses, please note that all these points are easily why doctors, pharmacists, nursing students, nurse techs, or any other medical professional or healthcare worker have to wear scrubs.
Nurses (this is a nursing website) just happens to be the focus of this article.
1. Because Nurses Have to Wear Them
Let’s get the most straightforward answer out of the way. Hospitals and facilities often have uniform requirements nurses have to abide by.
While some nurses might not necessarily like this, it is a condition of employment for most nurses.
How specific the uniform requirement gets will depend on the facility.
I’ve seen situations where the facility says you have to wear scrubs and leaves it at that. They don’t care what color or style it is.
I’ve also worked at facilities where they mandated the specific color nurses have to wear.
Some hospitals even go so far as making all their nurses get the scrub from the same place with the facility’s logo embroidered on it.
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2. Scrubs are Cheaper than Regular Clothes
One of the reasons scrubs end up being a good option for nurses is because replacing them tends to be cheaper than trying to replace your personal clothes.
If you look at some of these Landau scrubs, you can see they are less expensive than a lot of the clothes you might have in your closet.
I know there are exceptions to this, and you can buy more expensive scrubs, but for the most part, I would rather replace my scrub pants than trying to replace my jeans or my dress pants.
3. Because scrubs are just easier to clean.
Do you know what I do with my scrub pants when they’re dirty?
I throw them in the washer and use bleach if I have to. Can you imagine trying to clean your jeans or your dress pants every single day?
Nurses are exposed to a lot of bodily fluids and germs every shift. From experience, scrubs are just easier to clean.
4. Scrubs Are More Comfortable
This might be a personal preference, but I doubt you would find many nurses who disagree with me.
For me wearing scrubs for an 8-hour shift, 12-hour shift, or 16-hour shift is a lot more comfortable than trying to wear jeans.
I think scrubs tend to fit better and are just more comfortable to wear for extended periods, especially when trying to do patient care, like bed baths or patient transports.
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5. Scrubs Are More Sanitary
Because nurses deal with some of the sickest people, it is essential that they wear clothing that is resistant to transmitting germs.
This helps protect themselves, their families, and other patients who are immunocompromised, whom they are taking care of.
Many scrubs tend to have antimicrobial properties or are made from less porous material than typical clothes, making them easier to clean.
6. Scrubs Give a Uniform Professional Look
Say what you will about scrubs, but one of the nice things about wearing scrubs is that it helps with giving nurses a uniform appearance.
There’s something that just looks more professional wearing uniformed scrubs than wearing jeans. Then again, that might just be a personal opinion.
Cool Nurses Wear Scrubs
As you can see, there are a lot of reasons why nurses wear scrubs. Scrubs can be both fashionable and functional at the same time.
Let me know what you think in the comment section below.
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