Genesis Medical Center Nursing Uniforms Now Uniform
Over the course of a day, a hospitalized
patient may have several people coming
into his or her room.
But which one does the patient ask about
the result of the latest test? Which one
should be asked for fresh ice water?
Which one is the nurse?
Patients at Genesis Medical Center
campuses will now be able to make an
easy identification of nurses. They will be
the staff wearing black, white or turquoise
tops and pants. No more prints, sports
team logos, or holiday-themed clothing.
Genesis Medical Center nurses in patient
care areas are the latest to adhere to a
trend toward uniformity in nursing
Following 18 months of planning,
Genesis took a leap into a new dress
code for patient care nurses on Leap Day.
The Professional Nursing Dress Code Task
Force at Genesis first met in fall 2010 to
begin consideration of a dress code for
patient care nurses. The goal was to
come up with a recommendation for
uniforms that would project an image of
professionalism and compassion.
"Identification of nurses was very
important in the Task Force's decisionmaking
process,'' said Kathy Lenaghan,
MSN, Nursing Outcomes Specialist. "It
was clear that more consistent, more
easily identifiable attire for nurses would
better meet the needs of patients and
their family members. This was a
priority in establishing a dress code that
creates an image of professionalism
and promotes a competent,
"Enhancing consistent professional
dress for nurses can increase patients'
confidence that GMC nurses are skilled
and educated professionals who have a
unique and important role in the
In its research, the task force found
plenty of national study data indicating
that patients were often confused when
asked to identify who had been in their
room. They often couldn't distinguish
between food and nutrition staff,
housekeeping and maintenance staff
and nursing staff.
The task force also learned that many
hospitals across the country with
Magnet designation for nursing
excellence had already introduced a
dress code for nurses or were considering
one. Genesis Medical Center, Davenport
has had Magnet designation since 2005.
Patients often have reported in surveys
that everyone looked the same because
no group had distinctive clothing.
The Genesis task force conducted a
survey of 1,227 Genesis nurses. More
than 90 percent chose black, white and a
third color option.
Turquoise was selected as the third color
option by 43.4 percent of respondents.
Tops, pants and jackets may be worn by
Genesis Medical Center nurses in any
combination of the three colors selected.
The tops may not have any other colors,
logos, or writing. The uniforms can be
trimmed if the colors of the trim match
the dress code colors.
There will be no exceptions during
The dress code will continue throughout
To make the transition to the dress code
more convenient for nurses, Genesis has
opened The Company Store at Genesis
Medical Center, East Rusholme St. The
new store stocks clothing that complies
with the new dress code for nurses, plus
shoes and Genesis logowear items.