Dress Code

MedStar Harbor Hospital is committed to presenting a professional, neat and clean image for our patients, their families and other visitors. As staff members, we represent the hospital to everyone who enters and we can contribute to the hospital's image by taking pride in our own personal appearance.

Outlined below are general guidelines and basic expectations for appearance that all employees are required to follow. Departments, units, or divisions may establish more specific guidelines consistent with this policy. This policy is applicable on all shifts, seven days a week.

Dress Standards for All Employees

  1. Employees are expected to wear professional attire or, if required, uniforms that are clean, pressed and properly fitted. Skirts or dresses should not be more than two (2) inches above the knees. Mini-skirts are not permitted.
  2. Generally, shirts and blouses should be tucked in at all times unless the style of the shirt/blouse (e.g. some uniform tops or women's blouses) is designed to be worn over slacks or skirts.
  3. Jeans/denim, shorts, capris, cropped pants, leggings, skorts, T-shirts, sleeveless/backless/strapless/spaghetti-string tops or dresses, low necklines, sweat shirts, logo tee shirts (including those with the MedStar Harbor Hospital or MedStar logos), midriffs, spandex and sheer attire are not acceptable work attire.
  4. During holiday seasons, sweatshirts or sweaters with holiday decor may be worn with department head approval. Holiday-wear cannot have dangling decorations.
  5. Generally, hats or caps are not permitted. Hats or caps are permitted, however, if they are part of a MedStar Harbor Hospital-authorized uniform, are worn for religious or health-related reasons, or worn to protect an employee while he/she is working in inclement or hot weather.
  6. Employees are required to wear socks/hosiery (including full stockings or knee-high stockings).
  7. Underwear must not be visible through clothing or above the waist band of slacks.
  8. Shoes must be clean and in good repair. Footwear that violates a safety or infection control regulation is prohibited. Flip-flops and bedroom slippers are not acceptable footwear. Loose fitting shoes or boots of any style that are unsafe for the work performed are not permitted in any work area.
  9. Jewelry worn in the workplace should be minimal. Earrings should be no longer or wider than one inch. Multiple bangles that make noise should not be worn while caring for patients. Stricter guidelines related to wearing jewelry may be implemented and enforced for reasons related to safety, patient care and/or infection control. Pins, rings or studs may not be worn in the nose, eyebrows, tongue, or in or around the lips. The following maximums apply: two earrings per ear, pendants on necklaces no bigger than one and one-half inches, two necklaces, two rings per hand (wedding sets count as one ring).
  10. Employees must obtain approval to wear or carry MedStar Harbor Hospital scrubs offsite. Employees who work in "clean areas" (e.g., Operating Room and Labor & Delivery) must wear a lab coat over their scrubs anytime they leave the clean area. Standard color blue and green scrubs, soft pastels, earth tones and color-coordinated scrubs are acceptable, as designated by the department. Scrub bottoms must be a solid color. Employees should avoid wearing brightly colored scrubs (e.g., orange, yellow, red, hot pink). Denim scrubs are prohibited. Shoe covers, masks, and gloves [personal protective wear] are to be discarded before leaving the Operating Room or any other area where they are used in caring for patients.
  11. The chewing of gum during direct patient care activities is unacceptable.
  12. Wearing or carrying personal pagers or cell-phones during work time for the sole purpose of making or receiving personal calls or pages is prohibited and will be strictly enforced.

Dress Standards for Employees Who Wear Uniforms

In addition to the standards above that apply to all employees, employees who wear uniforms also are expected to comply with the following guidelines:

  1. Employees are expected to adhere to the uniform standards of their respective work areas. Uniform colors may vary at the discretion and approval of the department director/manager.
  2. Dresses, uniform dress pants, blouses, jumpers, jumpsuits, vests and skirts are permitted that meet the standards of the designated department.
  3. Direct care providers must wear hosiery/socks that do not have holes or runs. Seasonal anklet socks over hosiery are acceptable (provided the color of the hosiery and socks are the same).