Uniforms are quickly becoming a best practice in leading healthcare organizations nationwide. Patient safety and patient satisfaction are driving changes in this area.
At St. David's HealthCare, we have launched a uniform initiative that is focused on making it easier to identify our caregivers. Over the past few months, with help from our Employee Advisory Groups and Shared Governance Councils, we have taken special care to select new uniforms that will help identify our team of caregivers and hospital staff simply by looking at what we wear. We believe this change further supports our tremendous work over the past several years in improving care and service to our patients. It also reinforces our Service Excellence program.
- Effective April 5, 2010 all staff are expected to comply with the new Dress Code and Uniform Policy
- All of the St. David's HealthCare facilities are participating in the Uniform Initiative.
- Clinical and rehabilitation staff will be expected to purchase their own uniform. Some staff in non clinical support departments will have their uniforms provided to them.
- All scrubs/uniforms will be embroidered with the facility logo.
- All scrubs/uniforms will also be embroidered with either the employee's job title or department name. This is a key piece of information that helps our patients identify their caregivers.
- To ensure consistency for our patients across all facilities, the title/department name will be based on the approved standard for all embroidery
- If you own scrubs that are the same brand, style and color as identified in the St. David's HealthCare Dress Code and Uniform Policy, they may be worn as long as they are embroidered appropriately.
- St. David's HealthCare will cover the cost of embroidery on all approved uniforms.
In the scrub/uniform selection process, we focused on brands that were available in a wide variety of styles and sizes, in order to accomodate a variety of body shapes. We also focused on brands with consistent dye lots - to ensure that we had a consistent appearance in all of our facilities.
- St. David's HealthCare requires either Landau or Urbane scrub brands for clinical staff. Barco (Grey's Anatomy) is another available brand option for some uniform styles (navy and black only).
- Scrub jackets that are color matching and the same brand as the scrub top are permitted. Additionally, shirts may be worn under the scrub top, as long as they are black, white, or color matching.
- Cintas is the identified vendor for Rehabilitation Services. Numerous style options are available for employees to choose from.
- Shoes must be brown, grey, black, white, or color matching to the scrub/uniform color; they must meet OSHA requirements.
Nursing - Navy scrub top and pant
(Registered Nurses and Licensed Vocational Nurses)
Clinical Support Staff - Sandstone scrub top, Black scrub pant
(Patient Care Technicians, Monitor Technicians, Unit Clerks/Secretaries, Phlebotomists, Lab Assistants, Imaging Assistants, and Pharmacy Technicians)
Non-RN Clinical Professionals - Sage green scrub top, Black scrub pant
(Respiratory Therapists, Imaging Technologists, Medical Technologists, MLT's, and [optional:] Pharmacists)
Rehabilitation Services / Cardiac Rehab - Navy polo or button-down shirt and khaki pant, short, or skort; Inpatient and Wound Care staff may wear Sandstone scrub pants; Therapists may wear lab coats.
(Physical and Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapy Assisants, COTA's, Rehab/Therapy Technicians, Exercise Physiologists, Cardiac Rehab RN's, and [optional:] Speech Therapists)
Surgical Services - Ceil blue scrub top and pant
(Surgical Department staff, including RN's, EP Technicians, Cath Lab Technicians, and Surgery Technicians) ** This category has the option to wear facility laundered scrubs.
Other Clinical Professionals - White lab coats worn over professional dress
(Pharmacists, Speech Therapists, Registered Dieticians, Clinical Educators, Case Managers, Social Workers, and Quality Management)
Department Provided Uniforms - various uniform styles are provided to employees based on their job responsibilities in the following departments:
(Environmental Services, Food and Nutrition Services, Facilities Engineering, Patient Access Services, Security, and Surgical Services departments)