(By: Tammy McKinney)
Very few nurses are sitting behind desks, in comfy, temperature-controlled offices all day. In fact, most of us are busting our rumps as we navigate from patient to patient, through crowded rooms, dealing with a whole host of body fluids and substances. It’s during these days that we realize that our ultra-soft scrubs made of 100% cotton, might not always stand up to getting caught on the corner of that shelf for the 12th time or our constant bending and pulling throughout the shift. Cotton is certainly breathable and wonderful for keeping us cool, but for those of us in the trenches of high-acuity, high-ratio patient care, a more durable material is a must!
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Cherokee brand is so-often overlooked as a great workhorse scrub, but in reality it’s one of the best! The brand has been around since 1972, and when it comes to uniforms and work gear, they’ve had plenty of time to perfect their craft! The poly/cotton blend makes them heavy duty enough to stand up to anything you throw at it, and they seriously have more options for both men and women than you can imagine! You want pockets? They’ve got pockets! You want something simple? You’ll find it! Scrub jackets, lab coats, and even compression socks! In addition to offering a zillion great options, they’re super affordable. There’s a reason why schools prefer them for students…because it’s what they can afford AND they’ll hold up throughout the entire clinical period! Why not take advantage of that once you hit the floor?
Tip: Ladies, if you’re like me and find that the Cherokee scrub pants don’t fit your particular shape very well (ahem….pear), try these men’s pant with a drawstring. You’ll thank me later!
Surely when you think Carhartt, you’re envisioning a strapping farmer in a field of straw, sometime shortly before sunrise. His tan colored, heavy-duty overalls, steel-toed work boots, and determined expression give the impression that he’s not only tough, but about to do something REALLY cool! Lucky for us nurses, the farmers aren’t the only ones who get to look great in Carhartt! They’ve come on the scene in the past several years as a real contender in offering scrubs that are not only heavy duty, but stylish as well! All of their scrubs contain their RipStop technology that ensures you won’t tear when bending or snagging on corners, and they offer the same options as their contenders when it comes to sizes and colors. Oh! Did I mention the tagless labels (one of my personal favorites when it comes to options!)? The other thing I love about the Carhartt line is their pants. They don’t look like scrub pants, instead having more of a khaki pant shape and style.
Cherokee and Carhartt are definitely the top picks for the heaviest duty needs! Whether you’re working a hurricane relief effort for FEMA or another Saturday night in the ED, you’ll be set! But, there are several other brands that, while not as well known as the first two, will still stand the test of time and take a beating throughout the day!
Wonderwink scrubs are absolutely one of the top picks when it comes to comfort, durability, and POCKETS! They’re amazing if you work a position where you need all your stuff to be within reach. The other really fabulous thing about Wonderwink, is their maternity line. Gone are the days of wearing extra-large men’s pants and a regular maternity shirt to work. Nurses need to look professional and fashionable throughout the entire 9 month journey, and these scrubs make it happen! Seriously, check out this Maternity Mock Wrap top. I think I’d wear that even if I wasn’t expecting! The good news is that I don’t have to do that, because their 5-Pocket V-Neck Top is just as lovely!
With a name like Luv Scrubs, it’s hard to believe that these uniforms are actually super tough, but they are! The Poly/Cotton blend creates a durable scrub that’ll hold up as good as anything else on the list, but for about half the price! The real beauty is that they don’t LOOK like they cost less. They’re still equally stylish and offer the same beautiful range of colors as the other options do. For those who like to buy new scrubs on a regular basis, but don’t want to spend a fortune to do so, this is the route to take, for sure! Oh, did I mention the wide range of plus-sizes available with Luv? They carry all the way up to 5x in all the same options and they add seam slits for a little extra give in all the right places!
It really doesn’t matter where you work, at the end of the day, durability in your work uniforms is a must. Take advantage of this list to make sure you’ve got yourself squared away before your next shift!