OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to increase understanding of patient perceptions of nursing professional image, appearance, and identification to inform implementation of professional clinical attire.
BACKGROUND: There is growing evidence of patient preference for and organizational implementation of professional clinical attire.
METHODS: A total of 350 randomly selected inpatients were surveyed using the professional image and patient preferences survey prior to a revision of the dress code for nursing.
RESULTS: Patients gave high scores for nursing image, appearance, and identification, with no support for color-coded uniforms.
CONCLUSIONS: Organizations should assess patient perceptions before implementation of a dress code for nursing.
Author Affiliations: Vice President, Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer (Dr Clavelle); Director, Center for Nursing Evidence-Based Practice, Research, and Innovation (Dr Goodwin); Director, Nursing Research (Dr Tivis), St Luke’s Health System, Treasure Valley, Boise, Idaho.
The authors declare no conflicts of interest.
Correspondence: Dr Clavelle, St Luke’s Health System, Treasure Valley, 190 Bannock Street, Boise, ID 83712 (firstname.lastname@example.org).