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Professional Presentation and Appearance Policy
Policy

Document Number: NURS--124 Revision #: 1.0
Document Owner: Executive VP Date Last Updated: 08/31/2015
Primary Author: Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Professions Status: Approved
Date Originally Created: 01/10/2012

General Description
Description:

Information about professional presentation and appearance relative to Nursing students.


Purpose:

Delineation of policy.


Scope:

Students


Responsibility: Academic Affairs
Deans
Faculty
Students
VP for Academic Affairs

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Requirements
Relevant Knowledge: In order to comply with this policy you should know:
Current University policy
Standard company policies
Standards of good practice

Terms and Definitions: Additional training

Corrective Action

Loss of privilege, general

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Policy Provisions
1.

Clinical Practicum and Lab Attire


In clinical and laboratory settings, students will wear School uniform and a lab jacket with the Cumberland University School of Nursing patch. In some circumstances, students will wear attire in accordance with the clinical facility.

 


1.1

Hair


A.       Females

1. Clean, neatly styled to enhance professional appearance.

2. Long hair must be pulled back and secured in such a manner that there is no potential for contamination or interference with patient care.

3. A simple clasp or elastic band can be used to secure hair. No ribbons, scarves, hair bows or large barrettes are allowed.

 

B.      Males 

1. Clean, neatly styled to enhance professional appearance.

2. Moustaches should be short and neatly trimmed.

3. Beards and sideburns must be neatly trimmed and of moderate length.

4. Long hair must be pulled back and secured in such a manner that there is no potential for contamination or interference with patient care.


1.2

Jewelry and Body Art


A. A watch with capacity for measuring seconds is required.

B. Small, post earrings and a plain wedding band are only allowed jewelry (no bracelets, no necklaces, and no rings with stones).

C. Only one ear piecing per ear lobe allowed in clinical area.  No other visible piercings are allowed.  No ear tunnels.

D. All tattoos must be covered while in clinical area.


1.3

Make-up


A. Make-up should be worn in moderation.

B. False eyelashes are not permitted.

C. Perfumes, scented powders, etc. are not permitted due to the possible offense to the client.


1.4

Fingernails


A. Must be clean and neatly trimmed.

B. Should not extend beyond the fingertip.

C. Only clear polish may be used if not chipped.

D. Acrylic or artificial nails may not be worn for infection control reasons


1.5

Uniform


1. No tobacco smoke odor should be evident.

2. Student must always wear their Cumberland ID badge.

3. The name tag should be worn above the waist on the left side of the uniform or lab coat.

 

Females

1. The complete school uniform includes:  white tunic; CU patch on left sleeve just below the shoulder seam; maroon pants hemmed the appropriate length; name tag; solid white hoses or socks; white, low-heeled professional shoes or leather athletic shoes.

2. The uniform should be clean, neatly pressed, and in good repair.

3. Undergarments should be solid white or off-white.

4. White-crew length socks may be worn under pants.

5. Lab coats may be worn over the uniform.  Sweaters are not permitted.

6. Colored socks and textured hose are not permitted.

7. Uniform pants must be hemmed to the appropriate length.  

 

Males

1. The complete school uniform includes:  white tunic; CU patch on left sleeve just below the shoulder seam; name tag on left side; maroon pants, hemmed the appropriate length; white socks; and white professional shoes.

2. The tunic should be completely zipped; a white undershirt must be worn under the tunic.

3. The uniform should be clean, neatly pressed, and in good repair.

4. Colored socks are not allowed.

5. Lab coats may be worn over the uniform. Sweaters are not allowed.

 

Lab Coats

1. Should be clean and pressed.

2. Must be white, mid-length (3/4 length), and long sleeved.

3. The CU patch should be attached on the left sleeve just below the shoulder seam.

 

Shoes

1. White, low-heeled, professional shoes or leather athletic shoes are permitted (no open-toed shoes or sandals or open-heeled shoes).

2. Shoes must be kept clean and polished, with clean laces.

3. The shoes should be designated for clinical use only.


2.

Clinical Agencies and Professional Attire


When a student visits a Clinical Agency site to obtain a patient assignment, participates in certain observational experiences or any other time it is appropriate to wear "casual business attire", the following guidelines apply:

 

A. Slacks may be worn.  No denims, shorts, clingy knits, jogging suits, or personal scrub suits are allowed. No tee shirts allowed period.

B. Females may wear dresses or skirts.  The length must reach the bend of the knee.

C. Open-toed sandals and thongs are not permitted.

D. Make-up, hairstyle, and jewelry should be in moderation and exemplify professionalism.

E. The lab coat with a SON patch on the left shoulder and name tag must be worn.


3.

Mental Health Rotation Attire


Some agencies may require the white nursing uniform.  Others will allow the student to wear street clothes with a lab coat and/or specifically colored scrubs with a lab coat; in which case, the student will observe the following guidelines:

          A.     Use of solid colors—no complex patterns and bright colors.

              B.   Females should wear hose with all clothing.

          C.     Refer to the following sections of this policy:

                    I   – regarding hair.

                    II – regarding jewelry.

                    III – regarding make-up.

                    IV – regarding fingernails.

                    V - regarding acceptable clothing and shoes.

 


4.

Community Health/Parent-Child Attire

 


The acceptable uniform for these rotations will be included in the course syllabi.    However, students must be aware that professionalism is expected whenever the student is functioning as a Cumberland University nursing student.  The instructor has the right to dismiss the student from the clinical experience whenever the student’s appearance is in violation of the dress code.  Such an infraction will be considered a “critical incident".

 


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Performance Evaluation
Performance Metrics: Compliance with standard policy and procedure

Consequences: Further training
Loss of privileges

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Subject Experts
The following may be consulted for additional information.
Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Professions

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