The history of the nursing uniform

At Healthy Socks, we envision a future where all healthcare professionals wear our socks. But we're not there yet (by a long shot). That's why today we're taking a look back at the history of nursing uniforms.

The nursing uniform has been around for quite some time. The first uniforms were derived from the nuns' clothing. This clothing was made of thick fabrics, consisted of multiple layers and was anything but comfortable to wear. 

In the 70s, 80s and 90s of the 20th century, the uniform underwent major changes. 

The fabric used became thinner and thinner, the multiple layers disappeared and eventually it was replaced by scrubs', consisting of pants and a jacket (also associated with pajamas). As you may have gathered, from then on it was a lot more comfortable to wear the uniforms.  

Ladies, by the way, often wore a mou sthguard until the 1970s. Anno 2020 by COVID-19 a mouth mask is also often seen again in hospitals. 

Hygiene as a goal
The original purpose of the uniform was hygiene. So that the patient as well as the nurse are protected against infections and / or contamination. Nowadays, this idea is outdated and we are not there anymore that a uniform would protect against illness. 

Another (additional) purpose of the uniform is the recognition of medical personnel by patients and visitors. 

A glimpse into the future 
Even though we can't predict the future, we do envision Healthy Socks becoming the standard in healthcare socks. But of course we need your help. Because together we are stronger than alone. Subscribe to the newsletter and receive a 5% discount on your first purchase!