Let’s be honest. While many of us are going through weight loss journeys, don’t we sometimes ask the question, “Isn’t there something that will just make me look thinner?”  

I mean, we all know that black is the color substitute for beer goggles. Who doesn’t look thinner in black? And the color black is way more comfortable than Spanx®, those spandex body-contorting torture devices. 

I can’t imagine what it is like to be single in this age of spandex undergarment wear. At least my husband knows to expect that I will resemble a can of exploding Poppin’ Fresh dough when I take mine off!

And speaking of what to expect when wearing something, can I get some support for uniform scrubs at our facilities? Maybe I am old-fashioned (or just old), but back in the day, when you walked into a hospital or skilled nursing facility, you knew who was who by what they were wearing. 

I don’t want to go back to making nurses wear white uniforms. The absolute WORST color choice ever for the work we do. Cause, yeah, everything that gets on us (use your imagination) shows. But can we please color code those scrubs? I want to know who the licensed nurse is, who the CMA is, who the nurse aid is, who dietary is, etc. 

And guess what? So does everybody who comes into your facility.

Let’s do this, people! Your staff will like it too. I mean, as long as the scrubs don’t contain spandex and aren’t white. 

Just saying! 

Just keeping it real,

Nurse Jackie

The Real Nurse Jackie is written by Jacqueline Vance, RNC, CDONA/LTC, Senior Director of Clinical Innovation and Education for Mission Health Communities, LLC, and an APEX Award of Excellence winner for Blog Writing. Vance is a real-life long-term care nurse. A nationally respected nurse educator and past national LTC Nurse Administrator of the Year, a 2024 McKnight’s VIP Woman of Distinction award winner, and an accomplished stand-up comedienne. The opinions supplied here are her own and do not necessarily reflect those of her employer or her professional affiliates.

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