Are you thinking about converting your staff into solid colors by working groups? One of the most recent uniform trends in clinical settings is to choose a dress code color by professional discipline. It is believed by some professionals that this allows the hospital patients more ability to distinguish who is working with them at any time. This is particularly important with an aging population who may be confused about who is caring for them.
The most successful conversions start with the professional employee Professional Standards group or a Dress Code Committee made up of many departments. The review and buy in of the professionals in this industry can support management in building a consensus form all employees. Besides implementation – there will be an ongoing requirement to monitor and maintain dress code and maintain dress code conformance.
Many hospitals choose solid dress code colors for their uniforms, and may also require standards for shoe colors, and even socks! It is important to choose colors that are distinct and easily identifiable to the patient, such as Royal Blue or Hunter Green, rather than shades of different blues that may be difficult to distinguish, such as Teal.
It is also important for the professional dress code committee to choose colors that are widely available within the medical uniform industry, allowing the employee to readily find satisfactory clothing that fits and wears well. Sizing availability is important in uniform lines, with variation from Petites to Talls, and Extra Extra Small through 5X. It is also important to choose basic, reorderable colors, rather than “fashion colors” – fashion colors may only be available from a vendor for one or two seasons, and then become discontinued! Fashion Colors are also unique to a single vendor, cheap advair diskus online.
In order to guide your professional Dress Code Committee through the choices of uniforms, and method of implementation, we recommend that you include the services of a professional uniform provider, like Scrubs N Stuff, on your committee to act in an advisory position. You should send copies of your completed dress code to uniform vendors in your area, so that there is stock and availability for your employees to purchase during the transition.
Often, the hospital will provide a Stipend amount to lessen the burden of the initial purchase, and also will negotiate with a uniform vendor to provide one or two “on site sales” at special reduced prices during the implementation period. A Stipend could be $25 – $60 depending on whether the employee is full time, and the degree that the hospital would like to support the conversion.
A successful conversion from prints to a Solid Dress Code can extend from four months to a year. The longer the employee has to prepare for it, and slowly replace existing uniforms with those in the approved colors, the better for the employee’s finances, and acceptance level.
Scrubs N Stuff has successfully assisted many large hospitals, colleges, assisted living facilities and private practices in the Tampa Bay area since 2007 and have assisted with dozens of dress code conversions, involving thousands of employees.
Scrubs N Stuff would be glad to meet with you to implement a successful Dress Code Conversion for your group!