Tip #1: Make sure your scrubs are in good condition
Patients do not want to see scrubs that are dirty, worn-out, or wrinkled. Wearing sloppy scrubs communicates that you are not serious about your job. Examine your scrubs every day, and make sure they look presentable. If you like scrubs with decorative prints, make sure they are appropriate and professional-looking.
Tip #2: Make sure your shoes are in good shape
A professional appearance can be compromised by old, worn-out shoes. Many healthcare professionals wear plastic or leather clogs that are made well enough to last for a long time. Try to buy shoes that are supportive for long periods of standing, and to maintain your shoes. Try not to wear them in the rain or to wear them for anything except work.
Tip #3: Keep your hair clean and neat
Your hair is part of your professional appearance. In a healthcare setting, it’s particularly important that your hair is clean. It is also best to keep it tied back, so that you don’t leave stray hairs in patient care areas.
Tip #4: Clean under your fingernails
Fingernails should be kept short and clean. Viruses and bacteria can be harbored under your fingernails, so keeping them clean is very important in a healthcare environment.
Tip #5: Avoid wearing jewelry that can get in the way
Long necklaces or long earrings can get in the way of a patient procedure. Keep your jewelry to a minimum, so that it doesn’t get caught on anything or get in the way of your work.
Tip #6: Avoid wearing strong perfumes or colognes
Some patients are sensitive to scents and chemicals that are in perfumes and colognes. It is probably best not to wear it at all, but if you really like to wear perfume or cologne, try to keep it to a minimum.
Ideally, you should keep your scrubs and your work shoes separate from your other clothes. If you can change at work, you should wear your street clothes to work, change into your scrubs for work, and then change back into your street clothes for the trip home. This helps to keep street germs out of the workplace, and the workplace germs out of your home.
This article was provided by the Harris Casel Institute. Our healthcare training programs prepare students for careers as Home Health Aides, Medical Billing & Coding specialists, Nursing Assistants, Patient Care Technicians, Phlebotomists, and Practical Nurses. Contact us if you are interested in learning more about starting a new career path at Harris Casel.