Nurses in scrubs that feature patterns that would appeal to children.

Port Macquarie Base Hospital Paediatric Unit nurses with Paediatric Clinical Nurse Educator Grady McNee (second from right) and Nurse Unit Manager Darlene Malineack (right) are celebrating a change in uniform policy.

Happy scrubs bring big smiles to children, and paediatric nurses

Oct 02, 2023

Nurses working in Paediatric units in Mid North Coast Local Health District hospitals are wearing bright, colourful scrubs as part of a strategy to improve the hospital experience for children.

Happy Scrub tops for nurses aims to bring colour and joy to the clinical areas and is a direct response to a patient story that emphasises different strategies required to care for children.

The standardised uniform for NSW Health nurses is dark blue scrubs, and while the scrub pants remain, the tops for paediatric nurses will now be instantly recognisable to children, less intimidating and bring a bit of fun to the clinical space.

Paediatric Nurse Unit Manager at Port Macquarie Base Hospital, Darlene Malineack, said her team celebrated the change in uniform policy as a significant benefit for child-centred care.

“The uniform change is hugely significant for our young patients,” Ms Malineack said.

“We had a little celebration to mark the occasion, and on behalf of the children and our paediatric unit staff, we want to thank the District Director of Nursing Midwifery, Carolyn Heise, for supporting this change.”

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