Where to Buy the Best Nursing Scrubs


Best Places to Buy Scrubs

By Erin Wallace, contributor

Whether you've been an RN for fifteen days or fifteen years, you know that nursing scrubs are an essential component to your wardrobe. They are a common uniform worn in a variety of medical settings, including hospitals, nursing homes and outpatient clinics. Maybe you're looking to add a few new essential pieces to your wardrobe or you're brand new to this whole scrubs thing. Whatever the case, here are some places to find the best nursing scrubs.

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Why do nurses wear scrubs?

Nursing scrubs make it easy for patients and families to identify nurses in a hospital setting, and they also serve several practical purposes.

  • Scrubs protect a nurse's regular clothes from bodily fluids and other contaminants.
  • They're durable enough to be cleaned under harsh conditions, such as in hot water and with powerful detergents.
  • Scrubs are relatively affordable, which means that if a pair is soiled beyond the point of saving, you don't have to feel bad about throwing them away.
  • Many types of scrubs have multiple deep pockets, which provide a place for nurses to store essentials, such as pen lights, scissors, gloves, writing utensils, swabs and bandages.

Where to buy nursing scrubs

As with most clothes, you can opt to purchase scrubs online or pick them up at a retail store. If you've never bought scrubs before, it might be worth it to try them on in person to be sure you buy the right size, especially if you plan to layer other clothes underneath.

Online nursing scrubs retailers

Scrubs & Beyond carries a wide selection of nursing scrubs, including tops, pants, lab coats and even nursing shoes. They have frequent sales, offer free shipping for orders over $99 and offer a wide selection of brands, including the Grey's Anatomy Collection from Barco, Cherokee, Dickies and Dansko.

Uniform Advantage is another good option for shopping for nursing scrubs online. This website carries major brands, including Healing Hands, Lauderdale and Advantage. You can find solid-colored bottoms and tops in a wide range of hues as well as fun prints (if your workplace allows them).

The Uniform Outlet carries nursing scrubs for men and women from brands such as Vera Bradley, Carhartt and Zoe + Chloe. This outlet has many popular colors and prints available, and you can sign up to receive alerts when your favorite brand or color is in stock.

Nurse Mates is probably best known for its wide selection of supportive nursing clogs and shoes, but the company also sells scrubs and other accessories, including watches, compression socks and totes.

Nursing scrubs stores

Target is a popular place for nurses to shop for inexpensive scrub tops and bottoms. The store carries them for men and women in a variety of colors. Options may vary depending on what store you visit, but this may be a good place to stock up on backup tops or extras for in between laundry days.

Burlington is another good in-store option, and it tends to carry affordable selections.

Check out local stores nearby

If you do a quick Google Maps search, you may be able to find stores that sell nursing scrubs in your geographical area. This can be especially helpful if you're a travel nurse and on assignment in an unfamiliar place.

If you're unsure of your size, trying on a new pair in person is a great solution. Then when you're confident of what your size is, you can order additional pairs online and have them shipped to you.

If you're new to shopping for scrubs, don't fret — it can seem overwhelming at first, but once you find materials, colors and other prints you like, it'll be easy to go shopping for work clothes.

Dress codes

One thing to be mindful of when shopping for new nursing scrubs is existing dress codes at your workplace. Many hospitals, for example, may only allow for white or blue scrubs or printed tops and solid-color bottoms in white or dark blue, for example. Before you start a new assignment, be sure to ask if there's a dress code, since you don't want to end up with a closet full of nursing scrubs you can't wear.

Nursing scrubs are a crucial component to helping you do your job well. Make sure you select high-quality pairs in colors and prints that help you look and feel your best during shifts.


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