I actually came across this story on a nursing message board that a member had written as a post. The topic was whether nurses dress up for Halloween at work. Many nurses wrote saying that they wear Halloween scrubs, but not costumes. Our manager has pretty much barred us from wearing any Halloween costumes at work, but some of us do wear print scrubs. Anyway, I thought it a very cute story and asked the author for permission to post it here. Sarah, RN who works in NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) writes:
We have to wear the hospital’s surgical scrubs on our unit, so people really can’t dress up. Many have Halloween-themed warm-up jackets around the holiday, and some nurses wear those funny headbands. Nothing too crazy though, it is an intensive care unit after all.
We do dress up the babies!!!
Sometimes the parents bring in little costumes, but more often than not, we make them. Nothing fancy – we usually just use those squares of felt and cut out little costumes that can lay on top of the babies. On the night of Oct. 30th, a bunch of us will bring in glue guns, felt, ribbons, pipe cleaners, fabric, etc.
There are some parents who don’t celebrate Halloween for religious reasons, and we are always respectful of that. And if there is a baby that is very very sick, we’ll make a costume, but then ask the parents if they want to lay it over the baby or not. Most do – they long for something “normal” like dressing up their child for Halloween.
The best was the year I made a Harry Potter costume for my primary baby – all 1200 grams of him! He had a robe, broomstick, and “scar” on his forehead made of Duoderm. I even got doll glasses, painted them black, and put tape on the nosepiece! There were nurses from all over the hospital coming up to the unit and asking if they could please see the Harry Potter baby? It was huge for his mom, too. Up until that point, everyone would always say, “Oh, your son is so small, is he going to be okay?” because this baby had been born at 495 grams. But on Halloween, she sat next to his incubator all day while dozens of people came by to rave about how adorable her kid looked. She said that was the day she finally started to believe that he was going to be okay.