Hospital board postpones new dress code

Posted: Wednesday, February 26, 2003

JUNEAU - Bartlett Regional Hospital's board of directors on Tuesday directed administrators to delay implementing a controversial new dress code.

The updated policy prohibits employees from wearing denim, fragrances, dangling jewelry and artificial nails. It sets up a separate color of scrubs for some departments and provides more detail about what can and can't be worn.

After hearing complaints from staff members, the board asked administrators to delay implementing the new policy until April 1. Board member Annette Kreitzer said she wanted administrators to spend more discussing the changes with employees.

Hospital staff members at the meeting Tuesday supported a dress code, but said some changes were onerous and hurting morale. Administrators said the policy is intended to increase safety, improve infection control and promote professionalism.

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