PARIS — Identifying a nurse or nurse’s aide at Paris Community Hospital/Family Medical Center is as easy as viewing colors on a color wheel.
PCH/FMC recently implemented standardized uniform colors for its hospital nursing staff. These standards are designed to make it easier for patients and visitors to identify the person who is caring for them, as the color represents a nurse’s level of training and specific roles.
For example, registered nurses and licensed practical nurses in the hospital are identified as wearing uniforms/scrubs that are solid navy, solid white, or a combination of navy and white. These colors are the national standards for nursing uniforms.
Certified nursing assistants in the hospital can be spotted wearing ceil blue-colored uniforms/scrubs.
Certain non-nursing staff located throughout the hospital, including radiology and rehabilitation services, have adopted uniforms/scrub standards as well. Like nurses and certified nursing assistants, they can be easily recognized by the distinct color of clothing they wear.
“Wearing standardized uniforms/scrubs has been a common practice at healthcare institutions nationwide for several years,” said Rachel Massey, staff development and standards compliance specialist at PCH/FMC. “This initiative at PCH/FMC is intended to present our staff with a professional look. It also helps patients, their families, and internal staff easily identity some of the various roles and responsibilities of PCH/FMC staff who are providing their care.“
Uniform/scrub colors for PCH/FMC departments are listed below:
— Registered nurses and licensed practical nurses; solid navy, solid white, combination of navy/white.
— Certified nursing assistants, solid ceil blue.
— Surgery staff, solid gray.
— Radiology, solid black.
— Health occupation students, solid red.
— Physical therapy — khaki pants with polo shirt.
FMC nursing staff at all levels; solid scrub pants with printed scrub shirt.