Does the attire determine professionalism?
I stumbled upon this article over at Kevin MD. The overall message of the article was talking about the ‘most appropriate’ attire for professionals, specifically physicians. Although this can be applied to most healthcare professions including Nurses (and of course Nurse Practitioners).
Would your trust a provider in a suit and tie more than you would a provider who showed up in slacks, or even jeans?
Do the clothes really make the man (or woman)?
Just because they ‘look’ the part, are they really fulfilling the part? I’ve worked with some of the most disheveled professionals whom I would entrust with my life or the life of my loved ones. And on the other side of the coin, I’ve worked with the most pristine looking professionals that I would not let touch me or my loved ones with a blood pressure cuff!!
I’m not saying we all should start wearing jeans to work, I completely believe in dressing for success. But I also feel we should think twice about appearance dictating ability. This topic is synonymous with professionals who have tattoos. Don’t judge a book by its cover.
Things that make me go “Grr”.
After all, the way health care is going, you may be graded on your appearance similar to the way television personalities judge celebrities on fashion police.
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