Not everyone has the luxury of wearing scrubs to work every day, and for those who do know that it is indeed a luxury. Besides the fact that scrubs feel like you might as well be lounging in a form of sweats or even pajamas, they are efficient in saving time and expenses that come with the price of business clothes, dry cleaning, closet space and more.
While everyone tends to associate scrubs with general medical occupations such as doctors, nurses, dentists and so on, there are a number of different careers that reap the luxury of scrubs. In tribute to those overlooked careers, we are going to shine a light on some of the jobs that you wouldn’t quite think of when thinking about scrubs.
- Holistic Health Practitioner
So what does holistic nursing entail? This type of practitioner focuses on the idea that you cannot treat a patient’s physical health without treating the person as a whole, meaning their mental, spiritual and emotional well-being. Holistic nurses utilize alternative medicine and sometimes combine alternative medicine with traditional Western medicine. In this occupation, some holistic practices may include acupuncture, massages, aromatherapy, stress management, wellness coaching, hypnosis, hydrotherapy and sometimes Chinese and Eastern healing practices. This unique approach to nursing has become an increasingly sought-after, niche career field to get into.
- Assisted Living & Long Term Care Nurse Practitioner
When dealing with assisted living patients hands-on, most long-term care residences usually require their staff to wear scrubs. Assisted living nurse practitioners mainly focus on day-to-day activities specific to each of their patients/residents. Basic routine activities such as bathing, dressing, grooming, medication and meal preparation are typical for an assisted living nurse on a daily basis, all the while encouraging the patient’s independence as much as possible. Scrubs are usually the go-to uniform for this job for sanitary reasons, and so that patients can easily identify the nursing staff.
- Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist
Not all nutritionists and dietitians wear scrubs as many have the option to wear what they want to work. However, many do choose to wear scrubs as their uniform for several reasons. For one, not only do they look professional, but they are extremely comfortable. Two, when it comes to some of the dirtier tasks that come with the job, it is easier to do in the comfort of scrubs and without the worry of staining or altering your nicer clothes. And three, hospitals and clinics may require you to wear scrubs because it looks more uniformed and helps patients identify you easier.
- Medical Aesthetician
A medical aesthetician is someone who is certified to perform and focuses solely on facial esthetics and anti-aging treatments. Many people tend to forget about this side of the medical industry, but like any hospital/clinic, employees are expected to wear scrubs as a part of their uniform. Some services of this specialized industry include Botox, laser hair removal, fillers, radiofrequency skin rejuvenation and more. A medical aesthetician performs consultations, facial esthetics diagnosis, and safely administers noninvasive cosmetic treatments to patients.
- Physical Therapist
Just like doctors and nurses, physical therapists play a significant role in the medical field. These licensed professionals work to rehabilitate patients, both young and old, restore mobility, lessen pain and even reduce the need for long-term medication or surgery. The type of facility you work in determines your work attire for the most part, but many physical therapists are inclined to wear scrubs because of their functionality. When dealing with the physical demands of the job, it is important to be comfortable in clothes that are easy to maneuver in without restriction.
- Massage Therapist
Another job occupation that is commonly overlooked when thinking of scrubs is massage therapy. While you don’t have to have a degree to become a masseuse, you do have to complete 500 to 1,000 hours of training to earn your certificate or diploma, take an approved national exam for massage therapy, and make sure that you continue to meet education requirements. Many massage therapists spend their shifts standing and performing repetitive tasks, so comfort is key. As some self-employed massage therapists have the option to wear what they want on the job, scrubs still dominate this industry because they look uniformed, professional and most importantly they are functional.
- Forensic Nursing
Forensic nursing at large handles a specialty of professions that serve unique and critical roles in both the health care and judicial systems. Forensic nurses are unlike any other nurse in the medical field because they have additional specialized knowledge of the legal system and skills in injury identification, evaluation, and documentation. When examining evidence and patients, scrubs are the most viable option for sanitary and contamination reasons, and so that your personal items are not damaged.
- Healthcare Environmental Services
Even those that work in environmental services wear scrubs, too. And no, we’re not talking about the environmental services that deal with pollution and preserving nature. We’re talking about the healthcare environment that deals with patient and resident care, and more so encompasses housekeeping and janitorial services. With thousands of people going in and out of hospitals and clinics each day, it is extremely important to keep facilities clean and germ-free. Every year, 1 in 25 patients contract healthcare associated infections (HAIs), which is approximately 1.7 million patients. Environmental healthcare staff work to master the art of sanitation and reduce the risk of infection. These professionals are a vital part of the healthcare industry with efforts to preserve hospital facilities as the safe haven they are meant to be.
A specialty type of career, dermatology has been around for centuries and has truly evolved into a distinct discipline. The practice of dermatology in its essence deals with skin, hair, nails and its diseases. However, dermatology has advanced so much in ways that were once unimaginable with technology paving the way. Some dermatologists may work in an environment where there is no established uniform, but proper and professional attire is still expected. In fact, research has shown that patients prefer dermatologists to wear professional attire under their white lab coats over casual attire. And as for clinical assistants, medical assistants and everyone else without a white coat, scrubs are definitely your best bet.
- Speech-Language Pathologist
Also known as speech therapists, speech-language pathologists work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, and swallowing disorders in both children and adults. SLPs can work in a variety of different settings, and with such a high demand for speech pathology services, full-time, part-time and “when needed” basis opportunities may even be available. Such a flexible job occupation such as this one typically mirrors that same flexibility in work attire for the job. Many speech pathologists, depending on the environment they’re working in, of course, have the choice of wearing scrubs or professional attire with their white lab coat. However, when working inpatient at hospitals or clinics, many choose to wear scrubs while rehab and outpatient SLPs are more likely to wear professional attire.