Nursing professional attire: Probing patient preferences to inform implementation

Joanne T. Clavelle, Miki Goodwin, Laura J. Tivis

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE:: The aim of this study was to increase understanding of patient perceptions of nursing professional image, appearance, and identification to inform implementation of professional clinical attire. BACKGROUND:: There is growing evidence of patient preference for and organizational implementation of professional clinical attire. METHODS:: A total of 350 randomly selected inpatients were surveyed using the professional image and patient preferences survey prior to a revision of the dress code for nursing. RESULTS:: Patients gave high scores for nursing image, appearance, and identification, with no support for color-coded uniforms. CONCLUSIONS:: Organizations should assess patient perceptions before implementation of a dress code for nursing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)172-177
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Nursing Administration
Volume43
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Leadership and Management

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