Pre-Licensure Student Uniform Policy

The uniform policy is designed to protect the personal safetyof students and patients in theclinical setting and to protect the professional image ofnursing. It is also a meansof identifying students as University ofArizona Collegeof Nursing students when they are in the clinicalsetting.No part of the uniform, including thename pin, should beworn except in theclinical setting or for special College of Nursingsponsoredactivities.The uniform is not to beworn in non-clinical publicsettings unless given approval from the Collegeof Nursing.Thispolicy must beobserved byall nursing students.

When in uniform (orientation, classroom, laboratory, clinical), studentsmust follow this policy.In certain clinical settings, clinical faculty will provide students with special instructions concerning exceptions to this policy. Students must adhere to all additional requirements of their clinical sites regarding dress code,identification badges, andspecialized scrubsfor specific units. Students may never post images or photographs to any form of electronic communication or social media while wearing the College of Nursing uniform.

  1. The College of Nursing uniform is worn:
    1. When engaged in skill acquisition and clinical practice both inside and outside the College.
    2. When representing the College in designated course required activities.
  2. The College of Nursing uniform (tops with the logo/patch & name pins) is not worn:
    1. As casual wear in the community (grocery store, coffee shop, etc.)
    2. When engaged in any activity other than the two items outlined in #1
  3. Uniforms must be clean, neat, properly fitted, and worn with appropriate undergarments. Uniforms need to be properly fitted to prevent exposure during bending, lifting, and other activities. An optional V-neck or crew neck undershirt that is 100% navy or black in color may be worn. Undershirts must not have any visible decoration or logos of any kind. No other color of undershirt may be worn, including white.
  4. While giving direct care, no outer covering other than the approved uniform jacket may be worn over the uniform – unless otherwise approved.
  5. Additional coats or jackets may be worn to and from a clinical facility and must be removed upon entering the building. These jackets must be stored in a tote bag or backpack.
  6. Uniform components are:
    1. Navy scrub top (College of Nursing approved brand in style numbers only) embroidered with the approved "University of Arizona College of Nursing" logo on the top left side of the front. The uniform top must include the University of Arizona College of Nursing patch attached securely to the uniform.
    2. Navy scrub pants (College of Nursing approved brand and styles only).
    3. Optional navy scrub jacket (College of Nursing approved brand and styles only) may be worn over the scrub top.The jacket must be embroidered with the approved "University of Arizona College of Nursing" logo on the top left side of the front. The scrub jacket must also have the CON patch attached, if worn in the clinical setting.
    4. Shoes must be 100% white or 100% black, clean and worn with plain white or black socks. Logos or additional colors in the shoe are not permitted.
      1. Open-toed shoes, sandals, clogs, mesh, or canvasshoesare not permitted for safety purposes.
      2. All shoes must have a non-slip bottom, a heel strap or closed heel, and must be professional work shoes intended for long periods of standing and walking.
    5. Name pins must include the UA Nursing logo, the student's first name and last initial on the first line, and the words "Nursing Student" on the second line. The student’s degree program will appear on the third line. Students will wear the name pin on the right front of the exterior garment level with the embroidered logo.The name pin must be visible during all assigned clinical experiences. Students will wear the name pin in a health care facility only for assigned clinical experiences. The pin must also be worn in clinical settings where street clothes are required. A name pin will be provided upon admission and students may elect to purchase additional or replacement pins from the university bookstore.
  7. Hair
    1. Hair must be clean and neat. Shoulder length or longer hair must be pulled back and secured to the head in a tight, clean bun, braid, or ponytail to keep it secured above the shoulder, away from the face and from impeding vision or creating an infection control hazard (i.e. come in contact with the patient. Hair may be secured with neutral color elastic or a plain headband that is 100% black or navy. Bangs or shorter strands of hair that hang in the face must be restrained with bobby pins, hair clips, or headbands.
    2. Male facial hair must be neatly trimmed or cleanly shaved.
  8. Head coverings
    1. Students may wear a scarf as a head covering in either navy blue (match to uniform color as much as possible) or black.
    2. The head covering should be secured away from the face to prevent it (like hair) from impeding vision or creating an infection control hazard (i.e. come in contact with the patient).
    3. The head covering should be clean and without pattern, logo or other adornments.
    4. All other head coverings (baseball hats, visors, etc.) are not permitted while in uniform.
  9. Jewelry
    1. Watches that display secondsare required.Watches are recommended to beplain, solidcolor, with minimal decoration, and be of a small/moderatesize as not to impede withpatient care.
    2. Jewelry is not allowed withthe following exceptions:
      1. One plain (without stones) wedding or personal ring
      2. One small, non-dangling post earring in each ear. Earrings must be neutral color and professionally appropriate. No hoop, gauge, cuff, bar, or spiked stud earrings may be worn.
      3. Nose piercings must be removed when in uniform.
      4. All other body piercing jewelry and ankle jewelry must be covered or removed during clinical experiences. No body piercing jewelry may be visible. No tongue or eyebrow jewelry is permitted. Holes left by gauges in ears must be covered with a skin tone bandage.
  10. Personal Hygiene, Fingernails and Skin
    1. Daily bathing and regular oral hygiene are required to reduce the possibility of patient sensitivities to body and mouth odors.
    2. Fingernails must be clean, short, and smooth to ensure student and patient safety. In accordance with the Center for Disease Control Guidelines, only natural nails may be worn during assigned clinical experiences.
    3. Nail polish or gel coatings of any kind are not permitted.
    4. No heavily scented perfumes, aftershaves, body sprays, powders, lotions, and/or colognes should be worn in patient care areas. This includes no strong scents from tobacco or laundry detergents. This is restricted to avoid the possibility of patient sensitivity.
    5. All body art and tattoos must be completely covered during clinical experiences. A long sleeve undershirt, fragrance-free make up, or skin-tone bandages are authorized coverings for exposed tattoos.


BSN, MEPN Students

Last Revised

June 2019