After reading all the previous replies, I will write
that I agree with the input already provided.
I am a floor nurse on a maternity floor (antepartum, postpartum and newborn nursery).
What works for me are scrubs that:
have a long life span (many washings)
do not require ironing
are spacious - allowing easy mobility
are reasonably priced
can be tied at the waist (elastic is uncomfortable)
is genuinely available in petite length (I'm 5.2"
and have had to hem all the petites I purchase)
have an abundance of spacious/reinforced/
sufficiently deep pockets.
Pockets are a high priority for me in
the selection process. I carry, pens,
highlighters, scissors, tape, gauze,
money, car keys, and varied differing
pieces of folded papers in my pockets
throughout any given shift. I also use
the pockets to temporarily transport a
very long list of varying "things" that I am
taking to a patient's room, e.g. bottles of baby
formula, baby bottle nipples, cans of juice,
infant pacifiers, (well the list is quite long).
there were some way to design a pocket
where bending over (we nurses do this
a lot) did not present the outcome where
everything seems to fall out on to the
floor - this would be MIRACULOUS!!
I strongly agree with the suggestion for
adding a cloth tab to the scrub top for
use in clipping our ID tags. I wear mine
clipped to a necklace/rope type thing.
It is one more thing around my neck
as I also drape my stethoscope around
my neck. It would be great if this 'tab'
were loop-like and not only a piece of
cloth to clip the ID to. In this manner,
it would enable me to clip the ID tag
into the cloth loop and not just clip it
on to the surface of the cloth tag.
I think I can speak for most of the nurses
I work with, when I say that although we
do indeed care about the actual "stylish
look" of our scrubs - it is not the highest
priority. Most of the time, we are so
busy and so caught up on the actual work,
that functional and practical supersedes
our desires for "beauty".