Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery

Dress Code

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  • Dress Code Guidance for Simulated Practice/Practical Sessions in the Skills Labs.

    During Induction and Enrolment week you will have a uniform fitting session. These are very short and it is perfectly acceptable for you to pop out of any other activity to attend them, so please do not be concerned if you need to do so.

    Rationale

    During clinical simulations/practical sessions within the skills laboratory setting staff and students should maintain a smart, professional image which adheres to infection control and health and safety standards.


    Objectives

    • To comply with Infection Control and Health and Safety Legislation
    • To promote mobility and comfort for the wearer

  • Principles of the Dress Code Guidance


    Tops:

    • Where supplied, students should wear the issued skills lab polo shirt
    • Where a polo shirt has not been supplied students and staff should wear a loose fitting top which complies with Health and Safety Legislation (bare below the elbows), and promotes a professional image

    The following tops are deemed unsuitable:

    • Cropped tops, showing the abdomen/lower back
    • Low cut tops showing excessive chest or cleavage
    • Strapless or revealing tops

    Trousers:

    • Where supplied students should wear the issued skills lab trousers
    • Where specific trousers have been stipulated (e.g. track suit bottoms, shorts) students should wear these
    • Where trousers have not been supplied the following are deemed unsuitable
    • Low waistband trousers showing the abdomen/lower back or allowing underwear to be visible
    • Jeans
    • Very short skirts or shorts

    Footwear:

    Shoes should:

    • have a non-slip soft soles/soft heels
    • be clean and well maintained
    • support the foot and fully enclosed
    • Slip on, lace-up, Velcro fastening styles are all acceptable
    • The same shoes as worn in clinical practice are ideal as long as they meet the above
    • The following are deemed unsuitable
    • High heels
    • Flip flops, sandals or other very casual shoes
    • Floppy unsupportive boots (such as Ugg style boots)

    Jewellery:

    • Wristwatches must not be worn as they compromise hand hygiene standards
    • Small plain stud earrings may be worn only. No hoop earrings should be worn
    • One plain ring band may be worn. Rings with stones should not be worn in clinical simulations/practical sessions as they compromise hand hygiene
    • No visible necklaces, chains, bracelets, ankle chains should be worn
    • Other items which do not project a professional image or do not comply with infection control and health and safety standards should not be worn
    • The security of jewellery that has been removed remains the responsibility of the wearer

    Hair:

    • Hair should be clean, neat and tidy
    • Long hair should be tied back above the collar during clinical simulations/practical sessions
    • Hair fastenings should be minimal

    Finger Nails:

    • Fingernails should be kept short, clean and neat
    • Nail varnish, false nails, nail extensions or nail jewellery/gems should not be worn in order to comply with hand hygiene standards

    If the student’s appearance is deemed inappropriate or unsafe by the lecturer or facilitator the student may be excluded from the clinical simulation/practical session and where relevant simulated practice learning hours will not be awarded. Students will not be able to participate in the clinical simulation/practical session until they are dressed appropriately.

    Dress Code Guidance

    Students will be issued with Scrubs for use in the Skills Laboratories.


    Footwear

    In the Skills Laboratories students’ footwear should

    • have non-slip soft soles/soft heels
    • be clean and well maintained
    • support the foot and be fully enclosed

    Slip on, lace-up, velcro fastening styles are all acceptable

    Shoes similar to those worn in clinical practice are ideal as long as they meet the above

    The following are deemed unsuitable:

    1. High heels
    2. Flip flops, sandals or other very casual shoes
    3. Floppy unsupportive boots (such as Ugg style boots)

    Jewellery:

    • Wristwatches must not be worn as they compromise hand hygiene standards
    • Small plain stud earrings may be worn only. No hoop earrings should be worn
    • One plain ring band may be worn. Rings with stones should not be worn in clinical simulations/practical sessions as they compromise hand hygiene
    • No visible necklaces, chains, bracelets, ankle chains should be worn
    • Other items which do not project a professional image or do not comply with infection control and health and safety standards should not be worn
    • The security of jewellery that has been removed remains the responsibility of the wearer

    Hair:

    • Hair should be clean, neat and tidy
    • Long hair should be tied back above the collar during clinical simulations/practical sessions
    • Hair fastenings should be minimal

    Finger Nails:

    • Fingernails should be kept short, clean and neat
    • Nail varnish, false nails, nail extensions or nail jewellery/gems should not be worn in order to comply with hand hygiene standards

    If the student’s appearance is deemed inappropriate or unsafe by the lecturer or facilitator the student may be excluded from the clinical simulation/practical session and where relevant simulated practice learning hours will not be awarded. Students will not be able to participate in the clinical simulation/practical session until they are dressed appropriately.