Medical uniforms have been a professional requirement of health care workers starting as early as the middle of the 19th century. By 1880, Florence Nightingale had established a system to train nurses and used a hat and band system to identify nurses of different rank. Nurse hats originally were modeled after nun’s coifs, which gave the nursing uniform an increased look of respectability.
The First World War brought about a change in nursing uniforms to allow increased functionality in order to provide fast and efficient care to the large number of casualties of war. Bulky aprons were discarded and skirts were shortened. This change led to a post war period where nursing uniforms begin to mimic popular fashion.
In the 1950’s, hats began to be de-emphasized in order to make the nursing uniform less feminine and therefore attract more male nursing trainees. By the 1970’s the hat had disappeared almost completely except for use in nursing training institutions. The new trend in nursing fashion became uniform scrubs. Today, at most hospitals everyone wears uniform scrubs at all times to prevent the spread on infectious diseases.
Cherokee Scrubs arrived on the market with new styles to flatter the body and make scrubs less unisex fitting. Cherokee Scrub Pants came in a variety of styles to compliment different female body shapes, as well as the original men’s unisex styles.
Uniform scrub pants also come in regular, petite and tall lengths. The standard size range was expanded to include XP to 5XL in order to accommodate all healthcare workers who were required to wear uniform scrubs. Cherokee Scrubs fast became a popular uniform scrub staple in the marketplace by expanding the color selection of scrubs from the original hospital green or blue to a rainbow of color coordinated solids and prints to brighten the wardrobe of the scrub wearer. Hospital often differentiated departments through the use of specific colors. Cherokee Scrubs continues to follow fashion trends and colors to provide healthcare workers with a comfortable, easily laundered and fashionable wardrobe.