By Jenny Teng

When choosing uniform scrubs, there are many decisions that need to be made, including what colors and how many pockets. Exactly how many pockets is enough? How many pockets is too much? Too little? The most important thing to remember is that it does not matter how many pockets your uniform scrubs have, but how functional they are to you in your job.

If you are frequently forgetful, then maybe the more is not the merrier. Having more pockets in this case could mean more clutter and that could mean more wasted time trying to remember where you put your things and slower reaction times to, for example, an emergency where you need to pull out your medical tools in a split second. However, if you know you can organize yourself and have a sharp memory when it comes to where you placed your things in your multiple pockets, then have as many pockets as you deem necessary.

Another thing to keep in mind is if having things in your pockets will annoy you. Will having things in a chest pocket weigh you down? Will having back pockets on your pants make you feel too bulky? If so, then maybe all those additional pockets are not for you either. Feeling comfortable in your uniform scrubs is a must. You will be more efficient and focused throughout the day. Having less or more pockets than others does not matter as long as you are able to do your job.

In the end, there is no universal standard on how many pockets is too much or too little. It varies from person to person. Deciding on the number of pockets for your uniform scrubs is completely up to you. It depends on your personality, your comfort level, and your work habits. Some might only want two pockets, while others may prefer the 11-pocket Dickies Youtility scrub pants. The choice is yours.