Uniforms worn by medical staff have come a long way since the time when everybody had to wear white. Today, there is the use of scrubs and most often if they are not differentiated by color, it may be difficult to tell the difference between a nurse and a surgeon or physiotherapist. Therefore it is important that when it comes to running hospitals color coding is used to separate the different disciplines.
Each day different medical staff will enter a patient’s room and it is very easy for the patient to become confused. For most people running a hospital, they will have to come to the decision on whether or not to switch to different color uniforms at some point in time. It is very common to find patients who get confused by who gave what medication or instructions. In a bit to improve on the patient care and satisfaction, many hospitals are adapting the method of different department wearing different color. For example, nurse scrubs can be white while that of a physiotherapist will be blue. However like most projects that involve change, changing to a new uniform scheme in your practice should be done carefully if it is to be successful.
Get support from staff
Like all other endeavors that requires a change in what people are already used to, trying to change the color worn by staff could be met with resistance. Most people will feel like they are being robbed of their individuality. However, resistance to change can be handled if you try to get employee buy in. Instead of springing up the new uniforms on them unexpectedly, make an announcement that may last for a month or two. Talk to the employees about the forthcoming change why it is needed. For those who are worried about losing their individuality, try to be flexible about what could be worn with the uniform.
Choose color wisely
When it comes to choosing color, select color that will look flattering on most skin tones. Actually you can take a participatory approach to this by asking department to vote for their color. If you want to reduce the amount of time spent in choosing color, get representatives from each department to draw a color from box. The essence of this is to make the employees feel that they were part of the process. If they feel that they are part of the process, it will be hard for them to resist the change.
At the end of the day, the aim is to have different departments wear different color as a way of improving patient interaction with the staff. The goal always should be to achieve this without creating unnecessary squabbles among staff.