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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/183104
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Systematic Literature Review; Nursing Uniforms
Author(s):
Shirley, Bobbi; Hyrkas, Kristiina; Dende, Denise
Author Details:
Bobbi Shirley, Maine Medical Center, Portland, MA, email: hyrkak@mmc.org; Kristiina Hyrkas; Denise Dende
Abstract:
Purpose:
Scrubs have become ubiquitous in hospitals and a nurse's attire is often indistinguishable from that of other staff members. This integrated literature review aims to illuminate perspectives regarding nurses' uniforms. The findings give a basis for recommendations related to the empowerment of nurses and to patient safety.

Methods:
Literature was compiled that included articles from professional nursing and health care journals found through a search of the CINAHL, PubMed, Ovid, and Medline databases; scholarly-focused sociology and nursing books; and other available sources. Relevant materials were condensed in an integrated table and then summarized.

Findings:
Professional image and identity as perceived by staff, doctors, and patients emerged as an important theme. Notably, several empirical studies focused on nurses' uniforms as they relate to first impressions and to nursing care. Interestingly the findings were echoed in seminal sociological writings.
Epidemiological significance of clean uniforms emerged as a secondary theme. A few empirical studies examined the role of uniforms in the prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections.
Unfortunately, most of the recent literature related to nurse's attire is not based on empirical studies or is based on small pilot studies. The question of what presents a professional image and what meets the hospitals' obligations to patients has not been answered in literature to date.

Discussion:
It was interesting to note the paucity of articles that discuss what has been a dramatic shift in nurses' attire from the all white uniform common a generation ago. The perceptions of the public in the popular press appear to suggest a concern about the informality and cleanliness of attire as well as identification of care givers. An inquiry on the Magnet listserv yielded a variety of responses which underscores the importance of the subject in our current healthcare environment.
Repository Posting Date:
28-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
28-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2009
Conference Name:
6th Annual Florida Magnet Research Conference
Conference Host:
University of South Florida College of Nursing; Magnet Hospitals of Florida; Sigma Theta Tau International; Florida Organization of Nurse Executives
Conference Location:
Kissimmee, Florida
Description:
6th Annual Florida Magnet Research Conference � Theme: Research at the Point of Care. Held 12-13 February 2009 at Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center, Kissimmee, Florida, USA.
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleSystematic Literature Review; Nursing Uniformsen_GB
dc.contributor.authorShirley, Bobbien_US
dc.contributor.authorHyrkas, Kristiinaen_US
dc.contributor.authorDende, Deniseen_US
dc.author.detailsBobbi Shirley, Maine Medical Center, Portland, MA, email: hyrkak@mmc.org; Kristiina Hyrkas; Denise Dendeen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/183104-
dc.description.abstractPurpose:<br/>Scrubs have become ubiquitous in hospitals and a nurse's attire is often indistinguishable from that of other staff members. This integrated literature review aims to illuminate perspectives regarding nurses' uniforms. The findings give a basis for recommendations related to the empowerment of nurses and to patient safety. <br/><br/>Methods:<br/>Literature was compiled that included articles from professional nursing and health care journals found through a search of the CINAHL, PubMed, Ovid, and Medline databases; scholarly-focused sociology and nursing books; and other available sources. Relevant materials were condensed in an integrated table and then summarized. <br/><br/>Findings:<br/>Professional image and identity as perceived by staff, doctors, and patients emerged as an important theme. Notably, several empirical studies focused on nurses' uniforms as they relate to first impressions and to nursing care. Interestingly the findings were echoed in seminal sociological writings.<br/>Epidemiological significance of clean uniforms emerged as a secondary theme. A few empirical studies examined the role of uniforms in the prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections.<br/>Unfortunately, most of the recent literature related to nurse's attire is not based on empirical studies or is based on small pilot studies. The question of what presents a professional image and what meets the hospitals' obligations to patients has not been answered in literature to date.<br/><br/>Discussion:<br/>It was interesting to note the paucity of articles that discuss what has been a dramatic shift in nurses' attire from the all white uniform common a generation ago. The perceptions of the public in the popular press appear to suggest a concern about the informality and cleanliness of attire as well as identification of care givers. An inquiry on the Magnet listserv yielded a variety of responses which underscores the importance of the subject in our current healthcare environment.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-28T16:14:43Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-28en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-28T16:14:43Z-
dc.conference.date2009en_US
dc.conference.name6th Annual Florida Magnet Research Conferenceen_US
dc.conference.hostUniversity of South Florida College of Nursingen_US
dc.conference.hostMagnet Hospitals of Floridaen_US
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_US
dc.conference.hostFlorida Organization of Nurse Executivesen_US
dc.conference.locationKissimmee, Floridaen_US
dc.description6th Annual Florida Magnet Research Conference � Theme: Research at the Point of Care. Held 12-13 February 2009 at Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center, Kissimmee, Florida, USA.en_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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