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Christmas outfits on the wards: can nurses wear them?

Festive clothing may spread a little cheer in healthcare settings, but staff must remain professional – so can managers ban Christmas jumpers and headbands at work?

Festive clothing may spread a little cheer in healthcare settings, but staff must remain professional – so can managers ban Christmas jumpers and headbands at work?

Can managers ban staff from wearing festive clothes and jewellery at work?

It may seem a little ‘bah humbug’, but if your employer has a policy regarding uniforms, then your line manager is perfectly entitled, and indeed expected, to enforce this.

It then depends on what the policy says about what is and is not permitted to be worn when carrying out duties for your employer.

When I was in clinical practice, it was the norm during the holidays in the areas I worked for staff to sport a bright (some might say garish)

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