(Bryn Mawr, Pa.)—Main Line Health (MLH) is rolling out a system-wide dress policy for nursing and clinical support staff to promote a coherent, professional corporate image, make staff more easily identifiable to patients, and improve infection control. The new policy was recently unveiled at Bryn Mawr Hospital, and will soon apply to Lankenau, Paoli, and Riddle Hospitals.
“With the new standard of dress in place, patients, families, visitors, and even employees will know instantly the role of the caregiver,” says Claire Baldwin, Vice President, Patient Services at Bryn Mawr. “This should help both staff and patients in further ensuring good communication and superior delivery of care.”
MLH has selected certain colors of scrubs to distinguish one patient care specialty from another. Nursing staff will wear navy blue tops embroidered with the hospital name with navy or white pants. Patient care technicians will don all green uniforms and unit secretaries will wear maroon scrub tops with black pants.
The decision to formulate a hospital dress policy was a true team effort involving administration and staff who spent time researching dress code standards and sifting through studies of other medical centers that have adopted similar policies. What they found is that having a dress code had a positive impact on patients and their perception of care and can result in higher patient and staff satisfaction.
To assist nurses with the transition, MLH will cover part of the initial cost for the uniforms. In addition, the policy does permit some flexibility during holiday periods.
In conjunction with the new policy and for all clinical staff wishing to donate their non-conforming uniforms, Bryn Mawr Hospital and The Pohlig Organization are hosting a “scrub-drive” to benefit The Career Wardrobe of Philadelphia on Tuesday, October 13, from 3 to 7 pm, in The Residents’ Clubhouse at Athertyn at Haverford Reserve (Pohlig’s premier 55+ lifestyle community), 7700 Parkview Drive (GPS: 3500 Darby Road), Haverford. The Career Wardrobe is the nation’s largest community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting women in their transition to work by providing professional attire, networking, and career skills training. For staff unable to attend at Athertyn, designated donation times will be available at Bryn Mawr Hospital.
For more information, please call Gail Wright, Director of Community Services, at 484-337-8726.
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