When working toward a healthcare career, one of the most exciting milestones is purchasing your first set of scrubs. These comfortable and functional garments are more than just a uniform; they're an essential tool for nurses, medical students, and healthcare professionals. However, navigating the world of scrubs can be a bit overwhelming, especially for those new to the field.
From understanding your school's dress code to selecting the right fit and style, this blog post will provide you with valuable tips to make your first scrub shopping experience a successful one. So, whether you're a nursing student about to begin your clinical rotations or simply curious about what to consider when investing in this vital part of your professional wardrobe, read on for expert guidance on buying your first set of scrubs.
Check Your School's Dress Code. Before you go shopping, make sure you are aware of your nursing school's dress code and any specific requirements they may have regarding the color, style, or brand of scrubs. Some schools have strict guidelines, while others may be more flexible.
Choose the Right Fit for Your Body and Movement Style. Scrubs come in various styles, including traditional and modern cuts. It's essential to find scrubs that fit you comfortably and allow for ease of movement. Check different scrubs’ size and measurement guides, read customer reviews, and try them on before purchasing whenever possible.
Consider the Color. Most nursing schools have specific color requirements for scrubs. Common colors include navy blue, ceil blue, black, and green. Some schools may allow you to choose between a few approved colors. Make sure your scrubs comply with your school's guidelines.
Prioritize Fabric Type and Durability. Look for scrubs made from high-quality, durable fabric. Prioritize lightweight, stretchy, and breathable materials, always considering the demands of your nursing program – as you'll be wearing these scrubs for extended periods.
Check for Pockets and Functionality. Nurses need pockets to carry essential items like pens, scissors, notepads, and medical equipment. Opt for scrubs with ample pockets and consider their placement for convenience and usability.
Make Sure They’re Easy to Clean. Hospitals and healthcare settings can be messy, so choose scrubs that are easy to clean and maintain. Check the scrubs’ “fabric care” standards for machine-washable materials that can be dried safely. Bonus points for stain-resistant and wrinkle-free fabrics, saving you time and effort in the long run.
Consider Compression Socks. Combat the fatigue, swelling, and discomfort caused by long hours on your feet with compression socks. Compression socks provide graduated pressure to promote better blood circulation in the feet and legs, enhancing overall comfort and improving on-the-job wellbeing.
Don’t Forget Comfortable Footwear. While not directly related to scrubs, comfortable and supportive shoes are crucial for nurses. Invest in a good pair of nursing shoes that will keep your feet comfortable during long shifts.
- Buy Multiple Sets. Whenever possible (and within your budget) It's a good idea to have several sets of scrubs. This both extends the lifespan of each of your sets and ensures you always have a clean, professional-looking uniform ready. Aim for at least three to five sets to rotate through.
Remember that as a nursing student, your scrubs are not just a uniform but also a part of your professional identity. Take your time when choosing them to ensure you are comfortable, compliant with school requirements, and ready for the practical demands of nursing school and your future career.
Our Noel Amsar First Uniform Scrub Sets
MADE FOR THE WAY YOU MOVE™
The Complete Essential Set features the Emeline Zippered Pocket Scrub Top, Clara Multi-Pocket Scrub Pant, Sara Baselayer, and Classic Compression sock for a complete look that is Made for the Way you Move™.
You know care; we know fit. The Emeline Zippered Pocket Scrub Top does both. Tailored to perfection with princess seams and faux belt details for an uncompromising, flattering fit you can confidently care for others knowing your uniform cares for you. That’s why our Clara Multi-Pocket Joggers move with you day and night with lightweight EcoSoftMD™ fabric, four-way stretch, and plenty of pockets.
Give your scrubs an extra boost with comfortable, lightweight underlayers. Get the warmth you want without extra bulk so you can move freely and feel your best from the start to end of your shift with the Sara Baselayer.
Tired feet and calves? Not anymore. Our Tall Compression Socks help rejuvenate your lower legs and feet, improve circulation, and reduce swelling—exactly what you need for a long day, or a longer night on shift.
The Daniel 2 Pocket Scrub Top gives you the freedom to move. Made from EcoSoftMD™ fabric that breathes and stretches you'll stay cool, calm, and collected even into overtime.
The way you move matters. That’s why our Pierre Multi-Pocket Joggers move with you day and night. With lightweight EcoSoftMD™ fabric, four-way stretch, and plenty of pockets, you have exactly what you need at hand as you bend, lean, reach, kneel, crouch and more.