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.
There is growing evidence of patient preference for and organizational implementation of professional clinical attire.
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.
Patients gave high scores for nursing image, appearance, and identification, with no support for color-coded uniforms.
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 (email@example.com).