Nu rsing Uniforms Have Changed Over T ime Nu rsing Uniforms are a variation of a nunâ€™s habit. Prior to the nineteenth century nuns cared for the injured and sick. Traditionally nursing uniforms were dresses with an apron. This uniform helped to identify who the nurses were as well as to aid in hygiene. During the early nineteen hundreds the nursing uniforms consisted of a blue outfit with each hospital determining the style. In the nineteen sixtys you began to see open necks in nursing uniforms. In the seventies cotton caps were replaced by paper ones and in the eighties plastic aprons were used. In the nineties is when scrubs began to gain popularity. Uniforms for nurses have gone from a strict code of a dress, cap and pinafore apron to more casual tunic tops and trousers. Uniforms were designed to help reduce cross-infection. Colors were used to distinguish the grade of nurse. Male nurses normally wear tunics that are white with their grade indicated by the epaulette colors. Today scrubs are more commonly worn than traditional nurse uniforms in both hospitals and physician offices. Scrubs are simple uniforms that were attire originally for use in operating rooms. Scrub uniforms are more comfortable than traditional nurse uniforms. Scrub uniforms are generally easier to clean as well. Personal preference is the major determination as to the type of uniform a nurse will wear. Many nurses prefer the traditional uniform citing Medical Scrubs make them feel like a cleaner and they are not recognized as nurses as readily.