How do you dress to work?
This is typical Catherine going to work on a Monday 😄.
Yes I wear heels and dress corporately to work, Friday is a dress down for me, mostly business casual type of outfit and even if I’m not on heels, I have my smart shoes on.
Say whatever you like but I love appearing like the boss that I am. Looking in charge and preaching this gospel called nursing in and out of uniform.
I have seen my colleagues look at me with funny expressions, especially when I walk into the changing room to change to my White Uniform or scrub (depending on what we’re wearing that day).
I’m so sure they were wondering, what’s the point? Why come to work with heels and this gra gra 😄 when you’re still going to change to your uniform.
Unfortunately, they failed to under that PERCEPTION IS EVERYTHING!
Patients, relatives, co- workers see me when I work in and some how, they just align when I resume work😄😄. You just start hearing that fine nurse, some patients will be asking me if I trained “in the abroad” 😄. Some automatically assumes I must be a doctor. They just react or treat me differently and this is because of what? Appearance!
Some will say ” Nursing doesn’t fit you” , I could remember a MLS guy telling me ‘I’m too good for nursing”, I asked why he said that , said he doesn’t know, I just look and act different.
I couldn’t blame him, they are used to seeing nurses come to work on slippers, sandals, tie head gears/scarf like a fish seller ( not to demean anyone pls) and carry different nylons and bags like i don’t even know…..
The funny thing is, I’m a bloody Nursing Officer 1 (2015/16 period), how much was my salary then? I was even a locum nurse for a long while, so I don’t get full salary neither do I work full time. I had markets I do visit to get nice stuffs then, all those night markets with great deals…..chai! (If you know, you know🤣)
For me, it’s either I look good or look good, no two ways about it. I’m a brand, NURSING IS A BRAND, I need to represent well.
Luckily, I was able to influence some people, I could subtly see the changes. I was glad.
The irony of it is, looking good doesn’t have to be expensive. Simple, well- combined colours, well tailored, fitted and classy.
To my dear colleagues,
Enough of horrible wigs, ugly hairstyles, looking like market women, with God forsaken foot wears and a bag that every good thing about it has peeled off, crowned with a masquarade- like makeup.
Enough of Nurses looking rough and tattered to work abeg!
Enough of our men using tourniquet as belt ( don’t roll your eyes, I have heard things🤣).
Wear that t-shirt and trouser well, don’t just always appear “jaga jaga” to work please.
Replace that missing button, don’t staple it abeg. Tuck in, suit up!
Wear clothes that are in vogue and not the ones during Abacha regime pls.
Get that haircut and trim your beards as and when due.
Use nice perfume and deodorants when at work and even when at night. (One day I will have time to write about night nurses 🤣 )
You should look good always. Whether in uniform or not…please dress well.
If you are part of those nurses who does not dress well, PLEASE REPENT!
Let this new month be a month of change for you.
Change that peeled bag!
Change that peeled belt my brother!
Change that wig you’ve been wearing since ages my sister!
Change that unbalanced shoe!
It’s not a must to do make up, stop drawing nonsense and you say it’s eye brow. Powder and lip stick or gloss is enough.
In short, anything that doesn’t represent us well, never put them on.
Happy New month everyone.
Walk into March like the boss that you are!
I LOVE YOU ALL ❤️❤️