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Ask a Travel Nurse: Do I have to buy new scrubs for each Travel Nursing assignment?

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Ask a Travel Nurse: Do I have to buy new scrubs for each Travel Nursing assignment?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question:

Came across your site today and find it to be a most excellent resource. I am researching Travel Nursing options so I can begin my next career phase. The hospital I work for requires RNs to wear navy blue scrubs. Does a Traveler have to buy new scrubs with each assignment?

Ask a Travel Nurse Answer:

Unfortunately, buying the uniforms that the facilities require is part of Travel Nursing. However, I’ve worked in probably seven different hospitals in the past two years and ALL of them had their nursing staff wearing navy blue scrubs. While it may be more of a universal color here on the west coast, hopefully the east coast will also catch up and “universalize” so that navy blue may be the last color you have to buy.


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About the Author:

Hello everyone. I’m a travel nurse originally from Ohio who graduated in 1993 from Mount Carmel School of Nursing in Columbus. I completed a critical care fellowship at Riverside Methodist Hospital in 1994 and started traveling in that specialty a year later. My first travel assignment was in Maui and since that time I have completed close to 40 different contracts in various states with multiple travel companies. I am the author of Travel Nurse’s Bible (A Guide to Everything on Travel Nursing), in addition to my writings here and in the pages of Travel Nursing publications such as Healthcare Traveler Magazine and American Nurse Today. I am presently on assignment in Phoenix, AZ and travel anywhere from six to eleven months of the year.

4 Comments on "Ask a Travel Nurse: Do I have to buy new scrubs for each Travel Nursing assignment?"

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  1. Fran


    I have been doing travel nursing for 10 years. What I have found helpful is to get a supply of white pants and jackets, then I only have to purchase the color top that is required. I have also found that the majority are using either royal or navy blue scrubs.

  2. Carina


    If the hospital requires that you follow their uniform code you have to comply.
    Your Uniform expenses are tax deductible.

  3. Jim


    I did a travel contract at a hosp. that required Hunter Green scrubs for RN (weird color…). I got my travel co. to PAY for 3 sets of Dickies Gen-Flex scrubs ($160) Only took a small bit of whining and complaining. (LMAO those scrubs were subsequently stolen)

    Travel co’s are MAKING BANK off you! Ask and you shall receive! Any decent travel co. should man-up and pay for uniforms, ACLS, BLS and State licenses etc. Just have to ask. If you have passed the phone interview and have a decent track record, they will do almost anything to make you happy and keep you earning $$ for them.

    FWIW, Navy scrubs are nearly universally accepted in the Southwest. Save all your receipts!

  4. Shawn


    I have also found navy to be a frequent color. Also I must say that for my last 2 assignments I have bought mine at Wal-Mart and they were of good quality and hold their color and shape. Cost was only $4.95 each.

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