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September 2011, Volume 41 Number 9 , p 23 - 27


  • Ruth Wittmann-Price PhD, RN, CNS, CNE
  • Linda Celia MSN, RN-BC
  • Stephanie Conners MBA, BSN, RN
  • Rosemary Dunn MSN, MBA, RN
  • Judith Chabot BSN, RN, NE-BC


NURSES' DRESS and image are issues of ongoing importance to nurses, administrators, and patients. Because patients' opinions may vary according to patient demographics, this issue may never be completely resolved. This -article represents the attempt of nurses working in an inner-city hospital to discover the perceptions of their patients and fellow nurses as they strive to create the best environment for -patient care.This descriptive study uses replication and survey methodology. Replicating studies is a great way to obtain data on a topic in large and diverse samples to add to the body of knowledge. See Glossary of research terms for more information.-Cheryl Dumont, PhD, RN, CRNILike many hospitals today, Hahnemann University Hospital (HUH) in Philadelphia, Pa., has an active interdisciplinary nursing research council composed of front-line practitioners guided by a nurse researcher. Over the past 3 years, council members have initiated many quality improvement projects and research studies, ranging from evaluating clinical care to assessing the organizational environment.After reading articles about nurses' image, members of the nursing research council were curious to know how patients perceived the image of nurses and how nurses perceived their own image.1,2 Our clinical site is an inner-city hospital with 60% of our patients from minority cultures. Our patients' perceptions of nursing's image may be different than that of other clinical populations. Research indicates our image is also related to patient satisfaction.3,4For many years, healthcare professionals have believed that adult patients and the general public prefer to identify nurses with white uniforms, but the council members chose to challenge this traditional belief through an evidence-based project. (At HUH, nurses may wear any color uniform except gray, which is the color designated for certified nursing assistants.)Our group developed a descriptive study based on these questions: * Do patients

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