New York children's hospital allegedly bans pediatric nurses from wearing printed scrubs


Buffalo, N.Y.-based Kaleida Health, which owns and operates the newly rebranded John R. Oishei Children's Hospital in Buffalo, reportedly issued a policy restricting pediatric nurses from wearing printed scrubs, according to WKBW Buffalo reports.

Instead, nurses will only be able to wear solid-colored scrubs at the facility, according to a recent union letter cited by WKBW Buffalo.

The change will allegedly take effect Jan. 1, 2018.

Several children's hospital nurses told WKBW Buffalo they received a memo outlining the policy change in October. They said they did not agree with the change because the printed scrubs made for good conversation and eased the anxiety of pediatric patients receiving treatment at the hospital.

However, a spokesperson for Kaleida Health told WKBW Buffalo the alleged ban on certain scrubs "isn't true." He said nurses' uniforms are negotiated during labor agreements, which are not set to be renegotiated until late 2018, the report states.

Editor's note: Becker's Hospital Review reached out to Kaleida Health for comment and will update the article as more information becomes available.

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