We were pleased to have a conversation with a local nurse and ER Team Leader. We think her medical apparel thoughts should be a message to the worldwide healthcare community.
S. Griffith, RN is a team lead at an emergency department in Phoenix, Arizona and has played team sports such as basketball, and volleyball.
DX: "Does your hospital provide medical uniforms for its nurses?"
SG: "No, our nurses are required to purchase and launder their own uniforms."
DX: "Are there any specific aspects of these uniforms you feels could use improvement?"
SG: "In general, the problem I see is that though the hospital requires a particular color be worn by the registered nurses, there are so many different manufacturers and styles that we loose the team look. I don't like this discontinuity."
DX: "You take the term "uniform" literally. Why is this unsettling?"
SG: "That is a good question. When I played team sports, the common feature was the uniform. It's UNIFYING."
DX: "Do you suppose that teams such as those in the ER might have a different mindset if they had continuity?"
SG: "I do! There is a certain pride and sense of cooperative responsibility that teams should have. I think it starts with a uniform."