The best nurse uniforms for sale & nurse uniforms FAQ

Finding the right nurse wear has rarely been more critical. The Covid-19 pandemic means hospital procurement staff and private businesses are working extra hard to secure reliable, durable and safe uniforms for their staff that keep them protected from infection

So where can you find the best nurse uniforms for sale? Who should wear them? and what are the best ones made of? In this article, we'll answer all of your most frequently asked questions about nurse uniforms.

Who wears nurses’ uniforms?

As the name suggests, nurse uniforms are worn by a clinical nurses working on a hospital ward. A typical nurse uniform consists of separates – a tunic and trousers – or a tunic dress cut in a style and made from a material designed for infection control. 

During the Covid-19 pandemic, however, all sectors within healthcare have seen an increased need for uniforms that contribute to infection prevention and control. Scrubs are increasingly being worn by hospital ward nurses as well as care workers and those working in the beauty industry.

What uniforms should a nurse wear? 

Most nurse uniforms will consist of some of the following items of clothing. However all NHS Trusts, private hospitals, care homes and businesses have their own uniform guidelines they will expect their staff to adhere to. Before buying any new uniform, check with your employer to see if it’s suitable for your role.

Tunics

A style of top in between a T-shirt and a dress, tunics are comfortable, allow ease of movement and complement the body shape of both women and men.

Healthcare tunics are designed for use in medical settings:

  • Durable: they’re made from robust fabric that can cope with being worn daily during long shifts.
  • Clean: they’re made from fabric that is washable up to 60ºC inline with infection prevention and control guidelines.

Classic Collar Tunic

A classic style of tunic, which can be striped or plain colours. Featuring two hip pockets and one chest pockets, this style is chosen for its utility and traditional, trusted look. Available in women’s and men’s styles.

 

Classic Lightweight Tunic

A lighter version of the previous tunic that can be worn in warmer weathers and environments. With the same features, this is a great option for nurses needing to keep cool while maintaining a professional look. Available in women’s and men’s styles.

 

Contrast Trim Tunic

This tunic is a favourite of healthcare providers because of its personalisation options. The coloured trim around the collar, cuffs and pockets allows for the wearer to denote their role. Available in women’s and men’s styles.

  1. Womens contrast trim stud tunic
    Womens Contrast Trim Stud Tunic
    As low as £27.71 £23.09
  2. Men's contrast trim tunic
    Men's Contrast Trim Tunic
    As low as £26.46 £22.05
  1. Men's lightweight tunic
    Men's lightweight tunic
    As low as £20.15 £16.79
  2. Women's classic lightweight tunic
    Women's classic lightweight tunic
    As low as £20.15 £16.79
  3. Men's tunic
    Men's Classic Tunic
    As low as £18.90 £15.75
  4. Women’s tunic
    Women's Tunic
    As low as £17.63 £14.69

Rever Collar Dress

An elongated tunic that’s ideal for nurses who prefer a dress to separates. This tunic keeps you protected even below the waist while giving a professional look. Pair with dark stockings.

Scrubs

In recent years, scrubs have grown in popularity in the UK. This is because they’re cheap and easy to look after.

Scrubs should be durable, allow for ease of movement and washable up to 60ºC to keep them in line with infection prevention and control guidelines.

  1. Zip front dress
    Zip Front Dress
    As low as £25.19 £20.99

Scrub Separates

Lightweight, loose-fitting and hard-wearing scrub tunics and trousers in coordinating colours. They provide comfort over long shifts and ease of movement.

 

Smart Scrub Tunic

A unisex scrub with side slits for freedom of movement. This is a similar style to the scrubs separates, with a deeper V-neck for a more stylish look. Pair with Alexandra’s scrub trousers in a coordinating colour.

  1. Scrub Tunic
    Scrub Tunic
    As low as £11.40 £9.50
  2. NU165
    Smart scrub trousers
    As low as £16.98 £14.15

Trousers

Trousers should always be a dark colour – either black or navy – and should be made of a fabric that’s washable to 60ºC.

Essential Trousers

Trousers with sewn-in creases to give a professional look. These have elasticated waistbands to make sure they remain comfortable throughout the working day.

 

Concealed Waist Trousers

A hidden elasticated waistband keeps you comfortable while remaining stylish. With two hip pockets and one back pocket, these trousers are also functional.

  1. Women’s flat front trouser
    Essential Women's Trousers
    As low as £16.79 £13.99
  2. NF27
    Women's concealed elasticated waist trousers
    As low as £20.75 £17.29

What are nurse uniforms made from?

Alexandra’s nurse uniforms are made from polycotton, a mixture of polyester and cotton. The ratio of each varies per item of clothing, but it’s usually about 65% polyester to 35% cotton.

Polycotton allows for:

  • Strength: the mixture of man-made polyester and natural cotton makes for a very durable material. The polyester provides strength and cotton provides comfort.
  • Comfort: polyester is strong but can keep you too warm. Cotton is weaker but is more breathable. By combining the two, you get the perfect material for nurses to wear on long shifts.
  • Washable to 60ºC: this material is washable to a temperature high enough to kill bacteria and keep clinicians safe.

What do the different colours of nurse uniforms mean?

As every NHS Trust and private hospital has its own uniform guidelines, there is no one answer to this. Many hospitals use the different colours of clothing to denote different roles. For example, a surgeon may wear light green scrubs and a ward nurse may wear a navy tunic, however this is not a given.

To find out what each role wears in a given hospital, you should check out that hospital’s website for more information.

How to wash nurses uniforms?

Every NHS Trust and private hospital has different policies for the washing of uniforms. Some wash all staff uniforms while others wash only the surgical scrubs.

For workplaces where staff wash their own uniform, uniforms should be:

  • Washed after every shift in a machine, not by hand.
  • Washed with a high-quality detergent.
  • Washed at 60ºC for a minimum of 10 minutes.
  • Washed separately from other clothing.

Before washing your own uniform, ensure you are permitted to and that you’re doing it correctly as per your workplace’s uniform guidelines.

Can nurse uniforms get damaged at work?

Nurse uniforms can get damaged at work, and once they are damaged they should be replaced immediately by your place of work. A damaged uniform can no longer be guaranteed as an effective barrier against infectious substances. If you’re unsure about whether your current uniform is safe to be worn, you should consult your workplace uniform guidelines. 

Do nurses pay for their uniforms?

Nurses are not expected to purchase their own uniforms and will be provided by one by their place of work. This is for three very important reasons:

  • Safety: it’s of utmost importance that the right kind of clothes are worn to make sure staff and patients alike remain safe. Prescribed uniforms ensure a protective barrier for infection prevention and control, so hospitals need to make sure that official scrubs are worn. The easiest way to do that is to supply to your staff the clothing you want them to wear.
  • Recognition: it’s much easier to know who’s a nurse if all nurses wear the same kind of clothing. Supplying a uniform to nurses means they’re easily identifiable.
  • Fairness: not everyone can afford to buy their own uniform. So if the workplace provides them then it gets rid of any issues.

Do nurses take their uniforms home?

Many hospitals do allow nurses to take their uniform home because they’re expected to wash it after each shift. However, these hospitals will often require nurses to change into and out of their uniform at their workplace in order to keep it clean.

As every hospital has its own policy, you should check with your workplace before taking any uniform home. 

Where can I buy nurse uniforms?

Alexandra is the best place to buy nurse uniforms for sale. The UK’s #1 supplier of medical workwear, we stock a range of scrubs, tunics, dresses, trousers and footwear for healthcare professionals. An official supplier of uniforms to the NHS, our clothing is so well thought of we’ve even received a Royal Warrant to trade!

With all of our clothing, we offer:

  • A two-year guarantee from the date of delivery.
  • A personal fitting service by our team of expert fitters.
  • Personalisation options, such as the ability to add your name or company logo to your uniform.

You can check out Alexandra’s full range of nurse uniforms here.