NHS Nurses Wear “Do Not Disturb” Uniforms

This report on the British National Health Service is from the Daily Mail:

A row has broken out over a hospital trust’s decision to give nurses ‘Do Not Disturb’ uniforms to wear during routine ward duties to prevent patients from speaking to them…

The hospital says interruptions, such as patients asking questions about toilets and meal times, stop nurses from doing their jobs properly and could lead to patients being given the wrong medication.

Bitter pill to follow: Ward manager Penny Searle wears the controversial tabard during a drug round.

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  1. Stephen C. says:

    Great post. The tabard says it all.

  2. Bruce says:

    Great message. Big brother loves you.

  3. Val says:

    I was going into insulin shock when a nurse happened by my hospital room. My bell had been ignored for over an hour. Had she ignored me as she couldn’t be disturbed, I would be dead now.

  4. Virginia says:

    While the “do not disturb” jackets aren’t the best thing to wear when customers are around, I’m actually in favor of some sort of mechanism for letting people focus on their jobs. No one runs up to a doctor while he’s in the OR and asks questions about her cold medicine. Why is it acceptable to do that with a pharmacist?

  5. Buster says:

    I always thought the way nurses are supposed to communicate the fact they don’t want disturbed is by looking really gruff with a scowl on their face while rushing around as though you aren’t even in the room.

  6. Carolyn Needham says:

    Eliminating the importance of bedside manner.

  7. Christina says:

    Wow. This obviates the claim that nurses deliver better care than doctors because they “care about the patient.”

    I’d be embarrassed to wear that were I still a nurse.