The purpose of the University of Southern Maine (USM) School of Nursing uniform and appearance policy is to facilitate safe patient care by faculty and student in the clinical setting, to provide identification in the clinical setting, and to support professional learning through following institutionally determined dress codes. This uniform is required in most laboratory settings in the School of Nursing and most clinical experiences. Exceptions to the policy will be conveyed by faculty according to the experience. Hospital policy may stipulate additional restrictions which will be conveyed to the student at the beginning of a clinical experience. For instance, the School of Nursing does not have a policy requiring the covering of tattoos or restrictions on piercings but individual facilities may require us to follow their dress code policies.
The official uniform consists of white or royal blue tops, white or royal blue pants or skirt. Head coverings, if worn, will be of similar color and material. Uniforms will fit well and cover appropriately to allow for providing patient care safely. Faculty and students will display an ID badge and the School of Nursing patch/emblem whenever in the clinical setting. Footwear will be primarily white or black and safe. Shoes will protect the full foot, cover toes and heels and be secure. It is important that all clothing worn in the clinical setting are able to be laundered regularly. For extra warmth or comfort, a layer may be worn under the scrub top which is of a matching blue or white or black solid color and three-quarter or shorter sleeves. If needed or designated by the facility, a white lab coat or a fleece vest or jacket with the School of Nursing insignia may be worn with ID visible. Outer layers will be removed before providing patient care. Scrubs, lab coats, fleece, badges, and shoes may be purchased at any store or online source at which they are available.
School of Nursing Emblem
The University of Southern Maine School of Nursing emblem shall be worn on the left sleeve of the visible outer layer of the uniform.
The designated name badge or label will be worn in all laboratory and clinical settings.
To facilitate patient care and avoid allergic reactions in others, faculty and students will use only unscented body and hair products without perfume or cologne, wear hair well restrained and/or trimmed, and keep natural nails, short and clean. Natural nails do not allow for polish, gel or shellac or artificial nails (overlays). Being without the scent of perfumes, body odor, strong food smells or cigarette smoke is an important consideration as nurses interact closely with others.
Faculty and students will be responsible for self-monitoring and providing guidance to others as
needed to maintain our responsibility to the patients in the clinical setting.