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Professional Presentation and Appearance Policy
Policy

Document Number: NURS--124 Revision #: 1.0
Document Owner: Executive VP Date Last Updated: 07/11/2013
Primary Author: Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences and Health Sciences 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.

Professional Presentation and Appearance Policy


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. 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. Moustaches should be short and neatly trimmed.

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

5. The face is to be closely shaven, if a beard is not present.

 


1.2

Jewelry


A. A watch with capacity for measuring seconds.

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

 


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.

D.       No tobacco smoke odor should be evident.

 


1.4

Fingernails


A.       Must be clean and neatly trimmed.

B.       Should not extend beyond the fingertip.

C.       Only clear polish may be used.

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

 


1.5

Uniform


A.          Females

1. The complete school uniform includes:  white dress uniform or pantsuit; CU patch on left sleeve just below the shoulder seam; 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.  The hem of the dress uniform must be to the bend of the knee.

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

 

B.          Males

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

2. The tunic should be completely zipped; a white undershirt may 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.

 

C.            Lab Coats

1.         Should be clean and pressed.

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

3.         The name tag should be worn on the left upper pocket.

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

 

D.           Shoes

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

2. Shoes must be kept clean and polished, with clean laces.  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 "street clothes", the following guidelines apply:

 

1. Slacks may be worn.  No denims, shorts, clingy knits, jogging suits, or personal scrub suits are allowed.

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

3. Open-toed sandals, thongs, or any form of tennis shoe are not permitted.

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

5. 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 Sciences and Health Sciences

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