Patients are confused by inconsistent nurses’ uniforms – and they’re not alone

Why nurses favour a UK-wide standardised uniform that makes clear who does what
The Scottish national nursing uniform uses different shades of blue to differentiate between roles

Why nurses favour a UK-wide standardised uniform that makes clear who does what

  • Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have all introduced national or regional uniforms for nurses in NHS roles, but England has yet to
  • Four out of five nurses support the introduction of a standardised uniform across all four countries, Nursing Standard’s image of nursing survey suggests
  • Some respondents say their ‘nursing’ uniforms are worn by cleaners or carers at other trusts, or aren’t fit for purpose in modern nursing roles

The plethora of NHS nursing uniforms is confusing for patients and staff, leading eight out of ten nurses to back a UK-wide standardised uniform, a Nursing Standard survey suggests.


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