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  1. Clavelle, Joanne T. DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE
  2. Goodwin, Miki PhD, RN, PHN
  3. Tivis, Laura J. PhD


OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to increase understanding of patient perceptions of nursing professional image, appearance, and identification to inform implementation of professional clinical attire.


BACKGROUND: There is growing evidence of patient preference for and organizational implementation of professional clinical attire.


METHODS: A total of 350 randomly selected inpatients were surveyed using the professional image and patient preferences survey prior to a revision of the dress code for nursing.


RESULTS: Patients gave high scores for nursing image, appearance, and identification, with no support for color-coded uniforms.


CONCLUSIONS: Organizations should assess patient perceptions before implementation of a dress code for nursing.