All professions, including nursing have set of rules and protocols which its practitioners have to follow. In nursing, we have Nurses Code of Ethics which guides us for carrying out nursing duties in a way consistent with the standard and quality nursing care and moral duties of the profession.
In trans-cultural nursing, it is important to know every rule related to your profession not only in your country but also in foreign nations. Most rules related to our profession are common and being practice everywhere but you may find some rules weird.
Here are the list of weird nursing rules I came across with and I hope you you’ll have fun time.
1. Color coded nursing uniforms
In Wales, United Kingdom, nurses must wear color coded uniforms depending on the level or type of nurses. This rule was established in mid-2010 for the convenience of patients. Example: A staff nurse must wear a hospital blue uniform while a clinical nurse specialist must wear a royal blue uniform; green uniform for health care support worker whereas aqua green for nursery nurse. One good thing is that the government is responsible for providing these uniforms. I hope nobody in Wales is colorblind.
This rule is being implemented at the Worthing Hospital in West Sussex, England. Nurses can decline to carry out orders involving blood work if the doctor forgets to write the magic word “Please” on his request. This was implemented to lessen the pressure of nurses from the doctor by making the latter think twice before writing the order.
As a healthcare professional, we would like to be an example of a healthy individual by being fit as much as possible. In Japan, they have passed a law officially known as the Standard Concerning Implementation Special Health Examinations and Special Public Health Guidance, more commonly known as “metabo law,” named after “metabolic syndrome” which is Japan’s official name for obesity. This law restricts not only nurses but all citizens of Japan from becoming fat. So if you are planning to practice your profession in Japan, you might want to consider this rule first.
The law was made effective in 2008 by the Japanese government that made it essential for the citizens to cut their waistline to a government-specified standard in order to prevent metabolic syndrome, commonly known as “metabo.”
In UAE, single nurses are not allowed to be pregnant. It is forbidden to get pregnant without a husband. In Dubai, single women who are expectant have options to either marry the father or leave the country; the other option is being arrested for fornication. In the other countries of UAE, single women who are pregnant may be detained or deported.