Nursing Student Identification and Professional Image Guidelines

Nursing Student ID

In addition to the WGU student ID card, students must order a nursing student ID (see the post admission requirements you receive by mail from the Clinical Operations Coordinator).

Nursing students must also upload a photo of themselves into the online portfolio system (Pass-Port) to ensure proper identification by their clinical coach. Students are not allowed to participate in clinical intensives if their photo was not uploaded in advance making it available to their coach for purposes of identification. This photo must be on a plain, white background and in full-face view directly facing the camera.

Students must wear their nursing student ID at all times in lab, simulation, and clinical agencies. This ID should be worn in an upright position to ensure readability and attached to the nametag slot on the uniform or lab coat. No pins, stickers, or other decoration may be worn on the ID.

The WGU nursing patch should be attached to the upper-left arm of the top of the uniform. If a white coat is worn over the scrub top or shirt, a patch should be on each item of clothing.



Student Dress Code

  • Uniforms/clinical wear: All nursing student uniforms must be purchased from a WGU-approved uniform vendor. Students must dress in the approved uniform for all clinical learning labs and clinical intensives. Failure to do so results in a disposition and/or dismissal from the lab or clinical intensive site. Required uniform purchases include:
    •  Women:
      1. Two royal blue women's pants
      2. One white lab coat
      3. Two royal blue women's scrub tops
      4. Nursing student ID
      5. A patch for each top and coat
    • Men:
      1. Two royal blue men's pants
      2. One while lab coat
      3. Two royal blue men's scrub tops
      4. Nursing student ID
      5. A patch for each top and coat
  • Uniforms: Should be clean and appropriately wrinkle-free at all times. They should fit well (not too tight or too short) and reflect a professional appearance. The nursing student ID should be visible on outer lab coats and uniforms at all times. Note: Sport and play clothes are not acceptable; this includes jeans, visible midriffs, Bermuda shorts, sleeveless dresses or tops, sweat shirts, leg warmers, and T-shirts. No low necklines or sagging pants are permitted. Appropriate undergarments of white or natural color must be worn. A white shirt with short or 3/4 length sleeves can be worn under the uniform for warmth.
  • Footwear: Shoes should be white, clean, closed-toe, with non-skid soles and of non-porous material. Shoelaces must be white. Note: Clogs are not acceptable. Heels are to be no greater than 1 inch in height.
  • Hair: Hair must be clean and neatly combed. Note: Any extreme look or unnatural color is not permitted. Hair at shoulder length or below should be combed away from the face so that it will not fall forward over the face while performing normal nursing duties. Long hair must be tied back. Plain barrettes or combs are allowed. Neatly trimmed mustaches and beards are acceptable when the style is not extreme.
  • Make-up: Make-up should appear fresh and natural. Note: Excessive make-up is not acceptable.
  • Nails: Nails should be kept clean and smooth. If polish is used, it should be a colorless, natural finish. Nail polish should be unchipped and without adornment. Fingernail length should not exceed beyond the tip of the finger. Note: Acrylic, shellac or other types of artificial nails are not permitted.
  • Perfume: Because of close contact with staff, patients, and visitors, the use of perfume and after-shave lotion is not appropriate.
  • Sunglasses: Sunglasses are a block to interpersonal communication and should not be worn. Transition lenses or those with a transparent tint are acceptable.
  • Jewelry: Only one small ring, class ring, or wedding band/set is acceptable. A small ring is defined as the same size or smaller than a class ring. Note: Necklaces and neck chains may not be worn. Very large or long dangling earrings are not appropriate; only small stud earring (one per ear) are allowed. Watches and nursing school class pins may be worn.
  • Hygiene: Personal hygiene plays a major role in professional appearance. All students should pay particular attention to bathing regularly, ensuring absence of body and mouth odor and a neat and clean appearance. Note: Gum chewing is not allowed.
  • Body Piercing/ Body Art:Students may have no more than one visible piercing in each ear and those must conform to the clinical agency's dress code. No jewelry/hardware may be evident other than one small, stud earring per ear. Body art and tattoos must be covered at all times.
  • Medical Exception: Any request for exception(s) to the appearance code for medical reasons must be signed by your personal physician or appropriate specialist. It is then given to the state director of nursing and must be updated annually.

Some specialty or community-based clinical sites may require alternative dress codes. Those exceptions will be communicated in writing to students prior to the start of that clinical intensive.



Article Number: 20517, 2485

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