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Harmonizing culture, religion, and professional nursing standards: the malay-muslim-friendly development of nursing uniforms at Hospital Pusrawi, Malaysia, 1984–2018

Saidun, Salilah and Akhmetova, Elmira and Awang Abdul Rahman, Amilah (2020) Harmonizing culture, religion, and professional nursing standards: the malay-muslim-friendly development of nursing uniforms at Hospital Pusrawi, Malaysia, 1984–2018. Dress: The Journal of the Costume Society of America. pp. 1-14. ISSN 0361-2112 E-ISSN 2042-1729

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Abstract

This study describes the efforts of Hospital Pusrawi Sdn Bhd, Malaysia, to integrate local culture, religion, and standards of good nursing practices in the design of its nursing uniform from 1984 until 2018. The study is based on the analysis of the hospital’s institutional archives and on interviews with retired or senior nurses and administrators. The hospital’s endeavor in integrating culture, religion, and nursing practice proved to be challenging due to their contradictory natures. Clinical dress code recommends short sleeves to facilitate hand hygiene and infection control, the use of non-dangling attire to prevent cross-contamination, and non-movement-restrictive workwear whereas Malay-Muslim women prefer long sleeves, headscarves, and ankle-length skirts. The strategies used to overcome the challenges may serve as potential exemplary solutions for other healthcare institutions that are motivated to accommodate the religious or cultural clothing needs of their staff members without compromising the standards of good practices in healthcare.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 7311/81538
Uncontrolled Keywords: Nursing uniform, healthcare dress code, cultural accommodation, Malay women, religious accommodation, Islamic professional fashion
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics > BJ1188 Religious ethics
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc > BP1 Islam > BP173.77 Islam and work
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General) > JF51 General works. History
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA643 Public Health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine - Communicable Diseases and Public Health
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA966 Medical Centers. Hospitals. Dispensaries. Clinics
R Medicine > RT Nursing > RT82 Nursing As A Profession
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of History & Civilization
Depositing User: Dr Elmira Akhmetova
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2020 15:42
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2020 15:42
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/81538

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