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Authors

  1. Hatfield, Linda A. PhD, NNP-BC
  2. Pearce, Margaret MSN, FNP-BC
  3. Del Guidice, Mary MSN, RN, CENP
  4. Cassidy, Courtney MSN, RN
  5. Samoyan, Jean BSN, RN
  6. Polomano, Rosemary C. PhD, RN, FAAN

Abstract

BACKGROUND: There is a paucity of research examining the impact of standardized uniform style and color for registered nurses (RNs).

 

OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to appraise published peer-refereed studies on the effect of a standardized uniform style and color for RNs.

 

METHODS: Seven peer-refereed studies exploring standardized uniforms for RNs were identified. Using the Oxford Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine evidence hierarchy, each study was assigned a level of evidence and overall rating.

 

RESULTS: Data suggest that patients felt that RNs appeared professional and were easily identified by a standardized uniform style and color. No strong evidence supports a patient's preference for a specific style and color of uniform.

 

CONCLUSIONS: Findings are inconsistent but demonstrate that a standardized uniform style and color increased the perception of professionalism and recognition of RNs among patients.