The best articles of clothing in our wardrobe are ones that combine style, comfort, and functionality. The modern medical professional needs to be able to transition easily from work to life, but it’s surprisingly difficult to find pieces that can be worn in multiple settings.
For example, my roommate, who is a Registered Nurse at LA Children’s Hospital, pretty much always needs to wear some sort of jacket over his scrubs to keep warm in the overly air conditioned hospital hallways. He had considered a white coat, but unfortunately at his hospital the only ones who wear lab coats are the physicians and doctors. And besides, he wouldn’t feel comfortable wearing a white coat outside of the hospital, meaning he would just need to carry another jacket around for when he goes to the gym or runs errands straight after work.
He usually wears an Underarmour jacket, which is great at providing that lightweight layer of warmth and transitioning from work to on-the-go. But this jacket is not made with medical providers in mind, so it also covers up his hospital ID badge and consistently gets in the way when he needs to reach into his scrub pockets for anything.
Fortunately for my roommate and male nurses around the country, Medelita just released their Ionic Men’s Scrub Jacket last month and it’s even better than we had expected (we’re talking 8 pockets on one jacket). Check it out below!
It comes in two colors: Black and Navy
It has pen pockets, sleeve pockets, and even a pocket to affix your ID badge on your shoulder!
There is even a media port for you to connect your smartphone
The silhouette of this jacket is very sporty and athletic
The scrub jacket fabric is comfortable and lightweight, but keeps you warm
Shop the Ionic Men’s Scrub Jacket here!
With our country’s healthcare system becoming more and more impersonal with each passing day, it’s easy to understand why a patient who has a positive experience with their doctor would want to show their gratitude with a thank you gift.
But even with the best of intentions, accepting gifts from patients is tricky territory for most docs.
An extravagant gift from a patient is likely to make doctor uncomfortable, for a number of reasons. But if they decline to accept a gift, the physician also risks offending their patient. Either way, this is a difficult situation to maneuver and risks putting the patient-physician relationship in jeopardy.
The best way to say thank you to your physician? Just say thank you!
And one of the most sincere ways to express this sentiment is through a handwritten card. Now you can even have someone write and deliver the card for you (free of charge) with your own personal message – the genius of this service is that they also include a discount code for scrubs, lab coats, and stethoscope (all things your physician likely uses every day) so that you can still feel like you’re giving a gift, but also be confident you’re within the boundaries of what is appropriate.
Those of us who became physicians know that we did it not for the praise or the accolades, not even the handsome salary. And let’s be real: if money were our primary objective, there are far easier, faster, and cheaper ways to accomplish that goal than to become a doctor.
The truth is that most doctors chose this path because we want to use our skills to help other people. We don’t ask for nor expect a thank you gift – our gift is the privilege of healing patients, families, and communities through our work.
A sincere and thoughtful “thank you” is all we would ever hope for.
If you’re in the medical profession, you’ll know firsthand how many sets of scrubs you need for the clinical aspect of your work. Especially if you’re wearing scrubs every day, you should own plenty of pairs of scrubs so that you can have a clean set each day. For sanitary reasons, obviously, it is unprofessional to wear scrubs that have been worn and not washed.
So how often do you need to get new scrubs? This depends on the quality of the scrubs you own, and how often you wear them.
With cheap, low-quality scrubs, you’ll probably find that you need to replace them more often before you start to notice rips, tears, and seams coming apart from regular wear. You’ll probably find yourself needing new scrubs every few months, a couple times a year at least.
If you own or are planning to purchase higher quality scrubs, they will last a lot longer. This is why you can rationalize the fact that high quality scrubs, unsurprisingly, come with higher price tags. It’s worth the investment because they last so much longer – you will probably only need to replace them every couple of years.
To sum up, how often you replace your scrubs is a factor of your own scrubs durability, your clinical requirements, and your own personal taste.
One of the most common complaints about why scrubs don’t fit well is poor drawstrings. Most scrubs pants don’t have a happy medium: they either have an elastic waistband, or there is a shoelace-like drawstring.
These options aren’t great. At best, they keep your scrubs pants from falling down your hips, and at worst they don’t even do that! Moreover, when scrubs are made cheaply like this, they just don’t fit well and probably aren’t very flattering or professional looking.
Fortunately, this brand of scrubs has come up with a drawstring-elastic band combo that is perfect because it allows you to adjust the tightness of your waistband if necessary, but you can also just tie the drawstring without cinching it tighter if you are a bit small and between sizes.
The best part is that the drawstrings are double looped. Meaning you can rest assured that you won’t have to fish out the end of your drawstring with a wire hanger after it gets sucked into the hole of your drawstring band. And for men there is even a zipper option so that they are more like regular pants than prison jumpsuits!