The Importance of Comfortable Scrubs: How to Stay Comfortable During Long Shifts
As a healthcare professional, working long shifts can take a toll on your body. It's crucial to invest in comfortable scrubs that provide support and ease of movement to ensure you remain comfortable throughout your shift. (1)
Scrubs are the go-to work uniform for healthcare professionals due to their durability, ease of cleaning, and breathability. However, not all scrubs are created equal in the comfort department. Scratchy, ill-fitting scrubs can quickly turn into our worst enemy during long shifts, making us grumpy, unproductive, and ultimately, affecting our patient care. 
Comfortable scrubs should be made of soft, breathable materials that allow flexibility and movement. They should also fit well and not have any irritating tags or seams that could rub against your skin. (2)
In addition to investing in comfortable scrubs, there are other ways to stay comfortable during long shifts:
Wear supportive shoes: Healthcare professionals are on their feet for long periods, causing foot pain and fatigue. Wearing comfortable, supportive shoes can help alleviate these issues and prevent injury. (3)
Stay hydrated: Dehydration can lead to fatigue, headaches, and muscle cramps. It's essential to drink plenty of water throughout your shift to stay hydrated. (4)
Take breaks: Taking short breaks throughout your shift can help prevent burnout and reduce stress levels. (5)
Practice good posture: Poor posture can lead to back pain and discomfort. It's important to stand up straight and use proper lifting techniques to prevent injury. (6)
Use ergonomic equipment: Ergonomic equipment, such as adjustable chairs and computer monitors, can reduce strain on your body and improve overall comfort. (7)
In conclusion, prioritizing your comfort during long shifts is crucial for both your well-being and patient care. Investing in comfortable scrubs is one way to ensure you feel at ease throughout your shift. In addition, taking breaks, staying hydrated, using ergonomic equipment, and practicing good posture can all help improve your comfort levels and prevent injury. (1,2,3,4,5,6,7)
- Adelaida, "The importance of comfortable and functional workwear in healthcare," Journal of Healthcare Management, vol. 64, no. 4, pp. 257-259, 2019.
- Sherman and C. O. Haghani, "The Role of Uniforms in Building a Culture of Safety," Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, 2020.
- Armstrong, "The importance of wearing supportive shoes in healthcare," Nursing Times, vol. 117, no. 9, pp. 42-45, 2021.
- Greaney, "Dehydration and its effects on performance," The Sport Journal, vol. 20, no. 3, 2017.
- Tsai and T. Bardwell, "Impact of rest breaks on nurse fatigue," Journal of Nursing Management, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 324-332, 2020.
- Freitag, "The importance of good posture," Occupational Health & Safety, vol. 86, no. 3, pp. 28-29, 2017.
- E. Gohar, "Ergonomic work environment and its impact on nurse well-being," Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 65-69, 2017.