Sure, it's great to have free scrubs, and it's nice to not have to launder them yourself if you don't want to. However, my two major issues with the hospital scrubs are: 1) They seem to be one-size-fits-almost-no-one and 2) They have almost nothing in the way of pockets. The bottoms have one back pocket, and the tops have one small breast pocket and one small pocket at hip level. Come on, this is not sufficient, especially for a person like me, who likes to have scissors, alcohol swabs, and saline flushes on hand.
So, when a representative from Uniformed Scrubs, a company that sells medical scrubs, sent me an email and asked if I'd be interested in reviewing an Adar Uniform scrub top, I thought, "Awesome, maybe this will be a chance to wear a top with enough pockets." I agreed to check it out, and they sent me a top to try out:
Indeed, the top they sent me had two nice roomy pockets in the front. During my shift I was able to squirrel away all the supplies I needed into my pockets, just the way I like. The material is structured and seems durable, but it's also soft. The fit was great. I'd never had to order scrubs without trying them on before, but I just emailed my usual top size, and it fit well.
The only drawback for me was the style of the top. I normally buy Landau scrubs in what I think is a gender-neutral style. This top was definitely a more feminine cut. More flattering, sure, but do I really care about that at work? I generally expect my nurse scrub tops to be functional rather than fashionable, and the tie in the back made me feel a little self-conscious and kind of rubbed against the back of my chair (of course we only sit down one or two times in a shift, so that's not a big deal). A few co-workers asked me if I'd lost weight, so I guess the look was slimming. If that's important to you, that's a big pro.
The next time I'm working at a facility that doesn't provide scrubs, I'll definitely consider ordering Adar scrub tops, although I'd choose a different style.
Uniformed Scrubs is offering 15% off of orders through July 31st with the coupon code "trueblue." Here's links to their Facebook page, their blog, and their Pinterest. They're on Twitter as @UniformedScrubs.
Uniformed Scrubs provided me this scrub top to review but did not compensate me in any other way. It was a fun experience. I'd love to get the opportunity to review their scrub pants, too...as you can see from the pictures, my hospital-provided scrub bottoms have neither fit nor flattering style going for them!