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8 Pieces of clothing every medical professional should own

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If you have the right equipment, your job is simply a lot easier, and that extends to having the work clothing — and this is never truer than for those in the medical profession. 

Medical pros live in their scrubs, and for good reason. These essentials help keep doctors, nurses and caregivers comfortable on the job, so they can focus on what’s most important — the care of their patients. But there’s more to the story than just scrub pants and tops. Medical professionals require sensible apparel from head to toe to ensure that they’re equipped for the job no matter the season, environment or task at hand.

In this guide, we’ll go over some of the most important pieces of clothing medical pros should own to help them excel at their jobs no matter what’s thrown their way during the day. 

1. A Pair of joggers

Looking to complete your collection of cute scrubs for women? Then you’re going to need to give your uniform a trendy upgrade with technical apparel that also follows the fashion trends. The answer, of course, is a pair of cute jogger scrub pants. Joggers feature a relaxed drawstring waist, a tapered leg, cuffed ankles and plenty of pockets to provide that ultra-chic look coupled with convenience, comfort and customizable sizing so you get the perfect fit no matter what. Pair your joggers with a flattering V-neck or long-sleeved top for a stylish outfit that serves you all day in all seasons.

2. Compression socks

Healthcare workers are at risk of developing musculoskeletal disorders at a higher rate than other professionals, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That’s because they are required to be on their feet all day while handling patients, heavy equipment and more, often at awkward angles. To prevent issues related to pain and swelling of the feet and legs, medical professionals should consider wearing compression socks or stockings to help improve blood flow and reduce pain, leg fatigue and plantar fasciitis. Grab a pair of knee-high compression socks for those long shifts and some comfy crew-length socks if you want to keep things more relaxed or prefer a more discreet option with sneakers and clogs.

3. Nursing clogs

In the same vein, a good pair of shoes is crucial for any worker who is on their feet all day. Medical professionals should consider investing in a pair of high-quality, supportive nursing clogs to help provide all-day support to the foot, heel and ankles. While sneakers are a popular choice as well, clogs are often preferred because they’re easy to slip on and off as needed and because they don’t have laces. They can also help prevent leg and back pain because they’re specifically designed to provide long-term, on-the-job support.

4. A Backpack with plenty of pockets

Not technically a piece of clothing but essential nonetheless, a good work backpack helps ensure that you have everything you need for a long shift, yet won’t weigh you down on your long commute or walk from the parking garage into the building. It’s especially important for pros who move from facility to facility throughout the day or week. Look for a backpack with a water bottle pocket — this way, you’ll never forget to stay hydrated while on the job — and a spot for all your instruments and essentials throughout the day.

5. A Scrub cap

Scrub caps are important because they help keep sterilized areas safe from contamination and because they help prevent injury, especially in operating rooms and near heavy equipment. However, the wrong scrub cap can cause more problems when they get in your way or cause discomfort when you need to focus. Choose a lightweight, moisture-wicking cap that secures your hair back and helps manage sweat and heat on the job.

6. A Zip-up scrub jacket

Jackets make the perfect top layer to your work uniform because they add warmth when you need it. They also provide a few extra pockets to help ensure that you’ve got space to stash all your personal items while you make your rounds. Look for a lightweight, breathable scrub jacket with a zip front and hand pockets. If you want to use your jacket as your top layer in the fall or winter, choose an option with a hood for extra warmth.

7. A comfortable smartwatch

These days, watches can do a whole lot more than tell time. Smartwatches, in particular, can keep you on schedule, help you log notes and help you track your own personal health throughout the day. Make sure to choose a smartwatch with a comfortable, waterproof band that won’t get in your way while you’re working.

Silicone is a great choice because it provides a soft, barely there feel yet is durable enough for demanding workplaces. Be sure your healthcare system allows the use of smartwatches before investing in one. While most hospitals and doctor’s offices allow them these days, there may be policies in place that prohibit you from wearing one.

8. Moisture-wicking bras

Women know that wearing the wrong bra can make or break a shift. As medical professionals, we do a ton of moving around during the day, and we simply can’t have a garment digging into us or holding us back while we’re trying to save lives. While every pro is different, many doctors and nurses prefer seamless, wireless bras or sports bras during long shifts. These garments ditch the pokey, uncomfortable supports so they’re less likely to cause discomfort during the day. Just make sure you pick a bra that supports and is made with moisture-wicking material to keep you dry when you sweat.

Let’s face it: You never know what you’re going to get when you clock in for your shift, which is why it’s so important to set yourself up to succeed with apparel that can handle it all. Whether you’re a medical veteran or a resident who’s just getting started in the field, you’ll benefit greatly from a good set of scrubs and medical apparel to help you conquer the day with ease.

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