The medical profession has numerous requirements for the students, and one of the most important aspects of it is wearing a specialized uniform. The standard blue scrub form is a remarkable detail that distinguishes the healthcare employee, and especially it relates to the nurses. During the training, it is crucial wearing the uniform since it affects the overall academic performance in certain ways. Students have to wear it during their studies to better integrate into their future professional position because it is an inevitable part of the practice.
They have to wear a certain uniform during their studies, and commonly, people feel more comfortable in the clothes of their own choice rather than in something that is required by the dress code, which may cause additional stress (Ahmad et al., 2017). In the situation with the blue scrub suit, participants might express various opinions and share how the experience affects their study performance and relationships with the patients (Al-Sayegh et al., 2020). For instance, some medical students stated that they do not accept the blue scrub suit as it does not look appealing to them (Francis, 2017). Although, if students willingly choose the profession out of their own interest, then they might be positive and supportive of the new suits (Levaillant et al., 2020). In addition, people may feel more motivated to work with the new uniform (Ashkanani, 2019) and dedicate more time to studies and research when feeling more professional in suits (Aldousari, 2022). Therefore, this proposal aims to explore student nurses’ perceptions of their uniforms and answer the question of how it affects the students’ performance and relationships with the patients.
- Study objectives: To examine students with a new scrub uniform based on performance and a relationship with a patient.
- Method: This is a study that is going to be conducted in the form of an experiment. It will last six weeks, and participants will be evaluated in the end. Students from Nursing Institute will be wearing scrubs during the investigation, and after six weeks, they will be participating in an online survey assessing their perceptions of new uniforms on their performance.
- Sample: Final year students from Kuwait Nursing Institute.
- Setting: Kuwaiti medical surgical Kuwaiti hospital.
In conclusion, the study aims to examine the effect of influencing the new uniforms on the students because the teachers see that they are coming to satisfaction with other students from another country. Regarding the patients, they often demonstrate a lack of trust and desire to communicate with the students. There is a possibility that it comes from the belief that those who are still studying are too incompetent to interact with the patients or participate even in the fundamental procedures. However, the uniform is not enough sometimes to convince the people to trust the students.
Considering all the facts, the appearance of the blue scrub suits can positively affect the students’ study results. It might make them feel comfortable and professional about their appearance, which is helpful in the working and educational field. Although some patients do not demonstrate severe trust for the students, their attitude can be affected by the image of an individual in uniform. Eventually, it can contribute to the process of building good relationships with the patients. Thus, the new uniform might affect students’ study performance and relations with patients in positive and negative ways.
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