What Do Nurses Wear?


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Nurses wear a nursing uniform. The style of the uniform depends on the organization for which the nurse works and may be more or less formal.

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Nurse uniforms tended to be white prior to the 1960s, and the white dress helped distinguish nurses in their profession. After that time, many nurses wore pantsuits and by the 1980s, "scrubs" had come into popularity. Scrubs consist typically of cotton pants and top. The shirt or jacket often has large pockets. More modern versions of scrubs come in a variety of colors and patterns.

While scrubs have become a standard style of work clothing for nurses, it is important for those entering the profession to follow the rules at the institution for which they will be working.

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