Uniform/Dress Code

The following dress code has been developed for the Bachelor of Nursing students in both programs in the College of Nursing (BN and BPRN). The main reason for the development of a dress code is for nursing students to portray a professional nursing image in various clinical and community placement sites in urban and rural areas.

Clinical/Hospital Placements

  1. Uniform

    1. Colour, Style & Condition

      A professionally-styled navy blue uniform (“scrubs”) is to be worn. A University of Manitoba, College of Nursing crest must be displayed on the left sleeve of every uniform worn in the clinical area (for student identification purposes). A variety of navy blue scrub styles chosen by the College of Nursing will be available for purchase at Unimor Healthwear and Home Care Products (Winnipeg, MB). Students will be fitted for these specific scrub uniforms during New Student Orientation. Payment must be made at this time in the form of cash, cheque or credit card.

      Uniforms must be clean and neat, and they are not to be worn to and from the clinical setting. This includes to and from the University for Simulation.

    2. Identification

      A name tag must be worn in the clinical setting. Students will purchase name tags at the University of Manitoba Bookstore.

    3. Shoes/Runners

      White, wipeable, non-mesh shoes/runners with fully enclosed toes and heels must be worn. Shoes/runners must be worn only in the clinical area and not outside the agency. Socks may be any colour.

    4. Sweaters, Long-sleeves & Head Scarves

      A white or navy blue professionally-styled sweater can be worn with navy blue uniform scrubs. Long-sleeve under shirts are permitted, but must also be navy blue or white, and free of visible logos. These can be purchased anywhere you choose. Head scarves are to be neutral in colour (preferably navy or white), and tucked into the nursing scrubs. 

  2. Hair

    Long hair must be tied back and off the shoulders.  
  3. Jewellery

    All earrings/sleepers/studs are to be small, safe, and inconspicuous, and may need to be removed according to clinical agency requirements. Medical alert bracelets and necklaces may be worn, but must be hidden inside the uniform.  

  4. Tattoos/Body Artwork

    Tattoos/body artwork may need to be concealed according to clinical agency requirements.  

  5. Fragrance

    Perfumes and colognes are not to be worn.  

  6. Fingernails

    Fingernails are to be short, clean, and free of coloured nail polish.  

  7. Personal Hygiene

    Good personal hygiene and cleanliness is essential.  

Additional Dress Policies

Additional dress policies present in agencies will be observed as required. 
Community Health Placements

Professional dress and suitable shoes for community health placements are required. Name tags must be worn in community settings. Guidelines under jewellery, tattoos/body artwork, fragrance, fingernails, and personal hygiene are to be followed. 

December 2018