More College of Nursing Policies
- The uniform consists of a white tunic top and pants embroidered with the Kent State University College of Nursing logo. Any student expecting a modification of the uniform should speak first with the Kent State University College Undergraduate Program Director.
- Students are required to purchase two sets of the official embroidered uniform, an embroidered white scrub jacket, and the required College of Nursing name tag, which must be worn at all times during each clinical experience (per Ohio Board of Nursing). Uniforms may only be purchased from the uniform company authorized to sell official Kent State University College of Nursing uniforms.
- Female students who need a maternity uniform should contact the official Kent State University College of Nursing uniform company to purchase a maternity uniform embroidered with the Kent State University College of Nursing logo, similar to the typical tunic and pants.
- Students requiring a uniform dress to meet religious guidelines should contact the official Kent State University College of Nursing uniform company to purchase a uniform embroidered with the Kent State University College of Nursing logo dress similar in style to the tunic top.
- In selected areas such as obstetrics, community health, and psychiatric/mental health, scrubs or street clothes are worn. Specific apparel requirements for these areas are provided by the affiliating clinical agencies, the course syllabus and/or the faculty.
- It is required that baccalaureate nursing students dress in a professional manner at all times in the clinical area. In order to maintain a professional appearance, a limited number of accessories may be worn with the uniform:
- A watch with a second hand, a single pair of plain gold or silver posts worn in the lower ear lobe of pierced ears and a wedding band are acceptable in most settings.
- A chain that does not show when worn may also be acceptable, depending on the clinical agency.
- Not permitted in the clinical area are visible piercings with jewelry in places other than the lower ear lobes (e.g. upper ear, nose, tongue, eyebrows, etc.). All open piercing must remain empty. Spacers are not permitted while attending clinical experiences.
- While at the clinical agency, tattoos must be covered with a long sleeve top, white or neutral undershirt, socks or dressing/band aid.
- If nail polish is worn, only a clear or light, neutral shade is permitted. Nails should be trimmed to avoid extending beyond the end of the fingers. Per OSHA rules, artificial nails may not be worn in any clinical facility.
- Hair should be neat and worn above the collar in a style becoming to the person. If hair is longer than collar length, it must be pulled back to avoid contact with patients while performing procedures. Hair of unnatural color is unacceptable. Established beards are to be neatly trimmed. Males without beards are to be clean shaven.
- Prior to the first clinical experience, students are required to provide documentation to the Kent State University College of Nursing Director of the Undergraduate program if they must adhere to specific religious dress and head covering restrictions
- Shoes should be clean and in good repair. With the official Kent State University College of Nursing uniform, students may wear white nursing shoes; white, closed front clogs with backs; or white, leather athletic shoes, without large or colorful logos.
- At all times during clinical experiences, students must adhere to the uniform code of Kent State University College of Nursing. Clinical agency policies may be more restrictive and require further or additional accommodations by students.