5 Steps to Buy the Best Nursing Scrubs
Nursing is a demanding enough job as it is. Worrying about not being able to find the right scrubs to do your work in shouldn’t be part of the stress. Thankfully, there are now several companies who produce high-quality scrubs that also take into consideration things like different body types and the need for a variety of functional features.
Wearing the right nursing scrubs will help you feel more comfortable and make your job easier to do. Here are five steps to help you buy the best nursing scrubs:
1. Know your body shape
Look for a company that offers scrubs described by body shape and that has a fit and style that you can actually related to. Each body is unique, and the more tailored a fit you can get, the better you are going to look and feel. For example, look for brands offering short and petite inseams if you’re under 5’4,” you’ll end up saving a bunch of time on money on getting your scrubs hemmed.
Similarly, many brands carry plus-size scrubs to give you professionally covered while still offering options such as petite, short, tall, or regular inseams. You can also find special maternity scrubs to cover your baby bump while working. Look for a brand with a size chart that you can relate to and that offers scrubs in fits and sizes that you would use to describe your own body.
2. Finding the right top
The biggest considerations when it comes to finding the right top fit for your nursing scrubs are choosing the kind of neckline you want and deciding whether or not you want sleeves. Sleeves will probably be determined largely by the temperature of your working environment, and often knit cuff sleeves are the best choice for nurses, as these are designed specifically to stay exactly where they are without slipping down or getting in your way.
The neckline of your scrub is also going to be an important determinate of the overall look, so find something you feel good in. V-neck cuts are generally considered to be universally flattering, but curvier shapes should probably try them on first to see whether or not they find them too revealing.
3. Finding the right pants
When it comes to pants, you’re basically just considering height and proportion. The rise of your pants and the type of waistband you choose will be the biggest factors in how you feel and how comfortable the scrubs ultimately are to work in. High-waited styles can feel more comfortable on fuller figures and in terms of waistbands, most shapes agree that an elastic or drawstring waistband are best.
4. Colours and prints
Now that you’ve found the right fit, it is time for the fun part. Unlike the boring old blue scrubs of days past, there are now a multitude of different designs and colours to choose from. That being said, not all these wacky prints might be appropriate for your work environment, so it is probably advisable to follow what the other nurses in your work environment are wearing, or at least consult with a superior before investing too much in a bunch of colourful scrubs.
5. Functional features
Pockets can be a lifesaver if you need to have medical gear on hand. Choosing scrubs with multiple pockets and a cargo pant design will be a great solution if you feel yourself struggling to keep all the equipment you need on hand. Patch pockets are also a handy storage solution for small medical instruments and cell phones. Talk to other nurses and see what they have found to be most useful.