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Journal of Nursing Administration:
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e31827f2260
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The Professional Appearance of Registered Nurses: An Integrative Review of Peer-Refereed Studies

Hatfield, Linda A. PhD, NNP-BC; Pearce, Margaret MSN, FNP-BC; Del Guidice, Mary MSN, RN, CENP; Cassidy, Courtney MSN, RN; Samoyan, Jean BSN, RN; Polomano, Rosemary C. PhD, RN, FAAN

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: There is a paucity of research examining the impact of standardized uniform style and color for registered nurses (RNs).

OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to appraise published peer-refereed studies on the effect of a standardized uniform style and color for RNs.

METHODS: Seven peer-refereed studies exploring standardized uniforms for RNs were identified. Using the Oxford Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine evidence hierarchy, each study was assigned a level of evidence and overall rating.

RESULTS: Data suggest that patients felt that RNs appeared professional and were easily identified by a standardized uniform style and color. No strong evidence supports a patient’s preference for a specific style and color of uniform.

CONCLUSIONS: Findings are inconsistent but demonstrate that a standardized uniform style and color increased the perception of professionalism and recognition of RNs among patients.

© 2013 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

 

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