Summa Health’s female employees can toss their pantyhose and set their toes free in open-toed shoes at work.
And all employees can uncover tattoos, except facial tattoos or those containing profanity or other offensive images.
The health system on Wednesday issued a memo relaxing several parts of a controversial dress code imposed nearly two years ago by the previous hospital administration.
At the time, Summa officials said the dress code was updated to boost professionalism and safety. Then Summa President and CEO Dr. Tom Malone also got himself into hot water when he knocked Walmart shoppers in front of a large Akron Roundtable crowd when asked why a stricter dress code was needed.
“Must be a generational thing,” remarked Sister Toldjah.
One particular provision, however, will remain intact:
Registered nurses wear black scrub tops and bottoms; non-RN/LPNs wear solid color Caribbean blue. Some nurses and patients said they didn’t like the black scrub color choice in particular, feeling that nurses could look like “angels of death.”
The policy, which also started in 2015 under Malone, was reviewed at the time by the Summa Health Nurse Practice Council and the council “agreed that consistent colored scrubs is good for patients and co-workers to identify nurses.” No re-evaluation of the practice is being planned.
And I suspect there was no demand by nurses to wear tall, strappy sandals.