Do you ever see nurses or doctors or whoever walking around in their scrubs outside of a doctor office/hospital setting? I do. I always wonder about that. You see, I thought the purpose of scrubs was to be clean, non-street clothes for use while doing medical procedures. But these days you see ‘em all over.
I noticed this a lot when we spent 6 weeks going to the hospital almost every day to visit Eliza. The people would get off the bus, the #15 bus, in their scrubs and then go on in to work. I can’t see how this is clean at all. They must be teeming with germs of all kinds and who knows what else. I doubt they change them when they get inside. I think this is not a good thing these people do and their employers should crack down on it or something.
I always had somewhat of a feeling they do this to show off how important they are, being medical professionals and everything. But, I never asked any of them personally why they do it. I did, however, have my suspicions validated while watching Hulu Plus, of all things. You see,Hulu Plus runs advertisements before, during and after the shows they play. They’re short and usually interesting so I don’t mind.
One of their advertisers is the Pima Medical Institute. They have at least two different ads they run. One of them is a mother who chose Pima because she wants a better life for her daughter, that’s not the one that concerns this post. The one I am talking about is the one with Ana Versoza, a dental assistant. In it she says, “You’re just another generic person on the bus or on your way to work…Wearing scrubs you can see the respect that’s in people’s faces.” BAM, proof meet pudding. People who wear scrubs only do it to impress you.
I guess I’m impressed. Impressed that you care more for your appearance and compliments you might receive than the safety and well-being of your patients. That is quite impressive. How many people do you think you made sick or sicker because of something you brought in from outside? Hospitals are dirty enough without you bringing in extra junk from the unclean world we live in. So stop doing it, ok? At the very least wear something over it, like sweatpants and shirt. You could even have some printed up that say, “Hey Lookit Me I’m A Medical Professional!” That might help.
Thanks for reading this, medical professionals. I know you will take it into consideration when putting together your clothing for your travels to work. I thank you and all the other current and future patients thank you.