Do Nursing Schools Supply Scrubs?

Some nursing schools supply scrubs; some don't. Your task will be to determine what the school policy is for the nursing school you choose. Here are the three most common scenarios as well as some common places to find scrubs, in the event you need to buy your own.

Nursing School Provides Scrubs

This may sound like a great option, but, as they say, there's no such thing as a free lunch. Expect to pay for your school-supplied uniforms with no option to bargain shop. Some schools only provide one or two sets of scrubs, so expect to do a lot of laundry or else shell out the extra money for additional sets of uniforms. Usually when the school provides the uniform, the school name is either embroidered on the scrubs or some kind of school patch is sewn onto them. As you might expect, school-mandated uniforms tend to be the least stylish.

Purchase a Specific Uniform on Your Own

Some nursing schools require a specific color or style of scrubs, allowing you purchase them independently. However, you may be limited to only one vendor if style choices are limited. If the sole criteria is a standard color, you'll be able to shop for a good bargain and likely save a lot of money. Make sure to buy at least enough sets to cover all your clinical days without having to do laundry — plus at least one extra set for last minute coffee spills or to keep in your car trunk for unforeseen fiascoes during clinicals.

Match Your Clinical Facility's Uniform

Some nursing students are required to match the scrubs of the facilities where they perform their clinicals. This could mean multiple purchases if you rotate to different sites. Fortunately, this is a pretty rare occurrence. If this is your school's policy, find out how long your rotation is before investing in a large wardrobe of that facility's color of scrubs.

Where to Buy Scrubs

If you buy your own scrubs, you'll be amazed at how many places you can find them. Not only do conventional brick and mortar uniform shop or online retail sites carry them, but most major stores such as Walmart now carry large selections. You can also find them at some dollar stores and flea markets, as well as thrift stores.

You'll find that scrubs come in many shapes and sizes, whether the styles are mandated or elective. Have fun buying, and possibly saving money on, your uniforms — you'll be wearing them for a significant part of your days to come!

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About Diana Price

I initially went to college for journalism, but detoured into nursing. I've now been a Registered Nurse for 16 years, as well as working as an LPN and CNA prior to finishing my studies. During that time, I've worked in everything from nursing homes, to acute care, to home health, to hospice, to camp nursing. I've also spent a great deal of time as a travel nurse, so my knowledge of different types and settings of nursing is diverse, so I have a broad range of firsthand experiences to draw on when writing content aimed at nursing students. And plenty of survival tips!I'm going back to finish my Bachelor of Journalism at Ball State University where I only need one general studies requirement to graduate. Since taking up writing and photography again, my writing credits include health-related articles for Livestrong.com, AZ Central Healthy Living, TheNestWoman fitness, eHow fitness, as well as USA Today Travel, and holding multiple National titles at Examiner.com in Entertainment and Travel. View all posts by Diana Price →