Clinical Dress Code

Professional dress and appearance is the expectation of Lakeview College of Nursing for it's students.  The rationale behind the uniform requirements comes from the belief the patient/client is the central focus of the nurse-patient relationship.  Therefore, it is expected the student nurse would be dressed plainly and simply in the clinical area.  The purpose of this professional attire and appearance is to:

  1. Identify the person as an LCN student nurse.
  2. Promote the safety of both the patient/client and student nurse.
  3. Promote the development of trust by reducing barriers to the establishment of a therapeutic nurse-patient relationship.

All pre-licensure students are to purchase a student uniform from the approved student uniform vendor designated by the College.  The vendor will be on the College Campuses prior to the beginning of students attending clinical/laboratory settings to ensure proper fit.  The uniform requirements are as follows:

  1. Name pin
  2. Navy uniform pants.  The waist of the uniform pants should not be rolled down.  The cuff of the pant should not be slit up the side for a flared look.
  3. White-collared polo shirt with LCN patch embroidered on left side of shirt just above the heart.  The polo shirt is to be worn tucked in at the waist.
  4.  White lab coat with LCN patch sewn on the left sleeve.
  5. White/neutral stockings or white socks that come to or are over the ankle.
  6. Clean, plain white heeled and toed shoes.  No clogs, Crocs, sandals, high top gym shoes or colored markings on shoes
  7. All students need a watch with a second hand, stethoscope, bandage scissors, and penlight.  Students are required to bring all of these items to every clinical and lab experience.
  8. Clothing should be neat, clean, in good repair and adequately pressed.  Shoes should be clean and/or polished.

Students are expected to dress and present themselves professionally whenever they are in the clinical area.  Whenever students are representing the College, but not in uniform, e.g.,  picking up clinical assignments, observational experiences, N310:  Nursing Care of the Mental Health Client clinical, and N405:  Nursing Leadership and Management clinical business professional attire must be worn. An example of business, professional attire might be:  Shirt or sweater with sleeves, closed toed and heeled shoes,  kkaki pants, or skirt no shorter than 2” above the knee.  Students in N308:  Nursing Care of the Childrearing Family in the summer may wear the LCN polo with khaki shorts.  Professional attire and appearance is an expectation not an option.  Clinical Instructors have the authority to ask you to leave the clinical setting if you are not properly attired. This will be counted as a clinical absence.

Examples of an Unprofessional Appearance include the following:

  • Jeans or sweatpants
  • Visible undergarments (while in any position)
  • Visible abdomen, cleavage, or buttock (while in any position)
  • Tank tops or spaghetti straps
  • Denim
  • Untucked Polo Shirt
  • Dirty Shoes
  • Untrimmed hair on head or face
  • Acrylic, long, or painted nails
  • Visible body art (temporary or permanent must be covered e.g. tattoos), jewelry or piercing (one pair of stud earrings in ear lobe is permitted).
  • Jewelry other than a wedding/engagement set (some areas of the inpatient setting will not allow any jewelry)

Additional Requirements:

Nails:  May not extend beyond the tip of the finger.  NO nail polish/acrylic nails are permissible.

Hair:  Hair must be kept off the face and above the collar or pulled back neatly.  No tousled/disheveled hairstyles and natural color tones only.

Jewelry/Accessories:  These are the only acceptable accessories:

  • One pair of stud earrings, in each ear lobe.
  • One plain ring/ring set on one finger...In some clinical areas all jewelry must be removed.
  • Watch with 2nd hand.

Undergarments:  No garments or markings on garments should be visible underneath any part of the uniform.  This includes short sleeved and long sleeved T-shirts or camisoles worn under the polo.

Perfume or Cologne:  is not to be worn during clinical experiences.