We all like to look as good as possible especially when we’re at work.  If you go to work feeling your best it is likely to increase your confidence and also your productivity because you’re not worrying about your appearance so much.  However, if you work in a profession like nursing, a work uniform is likely to be compulsory and all choice therefore eradicated.

Although having a uniform might help with decision making in the morning, and eliminate stress, it can also start to feel restrictive and affect your self-esteem.  You might not be able to change your uniform but here are a few tips on how to make the scrubs look work for you.

Get the Right Fit. Just like your everyday wardrobe, choosing a uniform that fits you well is important especially for your confidence.  There are usually a variety of fits available to choose from so pick the one that is closest to your natural size.  However, if you’re doing work experience as part of your online nursing program you might not be aware of any restrictions so remember your uniform still needs to be practical; don’t go for anything too tight if you have to do a lot of lifting, bending or stretching as part of your role.  Emphasizing your waist is a great way to make the scrubs appear to fit better as it is the narrowest part of the body so it’s a good idea to choose this option if it feels comfortable for you. 

Accessorize. A simply accessory can really help to boost your outfit and also your mood.  Watches are great work-wear accessories because not only do they look great but they are also really useful.  If you’re able to get a few different ones in various colors, shapes or materials then this might help ease the monotony of wearing the same clothes every day.  Consider other jewelry too like earrings or a bracelet which can be easily alternated but ensure that you are adhering to any uniform policies your workplace might have.

Footwear. If you’re currently studying a nursing degree or online RN program, you might not have experienced how valuable a quality pair of shoes can be in this profession.  However, quality does not have to mean dull and boring.  Brands such as Crocs and Danskos come in a variety of different colors and offer supreme comfort and support when you’re on your feet all day.

Hair Styles. Although hairstyles need to be practical in the nursing profession, it doesn’t mean that you can’t experiment with new cuts and styles.   The general rule of thumb is that hair is best tied up or a short cut but both of these options are open to different styles.  If you have long hair that needs tying up then spend a bit of time researching different up-do’s like braids, top knots and slick ponytails.  If your hair is short, why not experiment by using wax to create a slick ‘wet-look’ or if you have a short bob try curling it and pinning it back at the sides.

Consider these tips your secret weapons – sure-fire ways to feel more confident in yourself and your abilities and keep you smiling throughout your shift.

Mitch Carvalho

A full-time home-based Marketing Manager by day, 24/7 Mom, and a Blogger at any time. I’m 43 and proud. Mom of Derelle & Erchelle, sharing my adventures as I walk through motherhood and having to do most things on my own while my Indian national husband works miles away from home.