Hospital Concerned Staff Cleavage Affects Institutional Image

A UK hospital’s policy requiring more conservative dress from nurses (and other staff) addresses patient complaints and safety concerns, but insults nurses who feel it perpetuates a stereotype. Awkward! Jessica Laurence in AOL:

The trust has sent out a six page dress code which clinical and non-clinical staff at four hospitals, including the Lister in Stevenage and Queen Elizabeth II in Welwyn Garden City, will have to adhere to, or else they will face disciplinary action.

The trust said it wanted to ensure a “professional and consistent” image which reflects the “trust’s values”.  It stated: “Staff will not dress in ways that undermine the spirit of this policy and clothing that exposes the midriff, torso or excessive cleavage.”


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