+Nursing caps

  1. Was just wondering,,,,,how many nurses still wear their caps? I work with a very dedicated, yet at times anal nurse, and even though we work in a very small LTC facility, she still wears her nursing cap. I would love to wear mine, but they catch on curtains, fall off at the worst times. During nursing school, we were required to wear it at all times. Even bought one of those clear plastic carrying case so everyone could see I was a nurse. I feel that since nurses have went to multi colored scrubs, no more whites, no more caps, no more pins,,,,we have lost the respect of those. Yet, on some sitcomes, it portrays nurses in white as buxom, ditzy miniskirt wearing females. What do you all think????????
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  3. by   TigerGalLE
    I have a hat... but I don't wear it because I can't wash it. Who knows what kind of germs collect on it..

    I have pins.. but I don't wear them because I always always lose the backs and then lose the pin....

    In my hospital you can wear any scrubs as long as you wear white on top (a white vest, lab coat, or scrub top)... I chose to wear white pants and a white top.. The white just lets me feel like a real nurse!
  4. by   clemmm78
    Don't have a cap. Graduated in the early 80s
  5. by   JeannaRN
    After having my cap get knocked of by the trapeze into a patient's USED bedpan--I gave up wearing a cap. I never had anyone treat me with less respect because of this.
  6. by   morte
    .....i ran over mine,....not consciously on purpose......lol
  7. by   banditrn
    Have no idea what happened to mine - didn't have to wear it during the second year anyhow. Do the men who never had to wear one of the silly things feel any less professional?
  8. by   OhioMTCRN07
    Getting ready to graduate in June -- Glad we don't have to wear them. Tradition or not, times change. I always thought they were impractical as noted by the bedpan incident above! And . . . we used to use abestoses to rest hot pots on from the stove on and we don't do that any more either! (Yes -- my mom had one!!!) Thankfully, moving forward . . .
  9. by   jannrn
    I have both mine and a great aunt's who was a nurse, but mine was only for ceremonial purposes, hers, I'm sure was part of her uniform, she has passed away, but would sure love to talk to her about her career! she never married, I think it was quite different back then. She had a wall hanging that had rules for nurses which were much like the long-ago teachers rules.
  10. by   canoehead
    Quote from JeannaRN
    After having my cap get knocked of by the trapeze into a patient's USED bedpan--I gave up wearing a cap. I never had anyone treat me with less respect because of this.
    I certainly wouldn't respect you if you'd put that thing back on your head ewwww!
  11. by   Dalzac
    I wore one during clinicals. and one place I worked had told us to wear them. I worked in ICU and I could never keep it on with monitor wires,iv's,all kinds of over head wiring. It was always getting caught on something and getting yanked off. I do remember when we had to were white uniforms,not scrubs, and they were very expensive. They always ran around 30-40 bucks. and they always had some funky stains on them. I was delighted when we were told we could start wearing hospital bought scrubs from our OR. Then it progressed on. The fact they were so much cheaper was wonderful to me. Being all dressed in white with white caps doesn't make you a well-respected nurse. Your patient care does. And the fact that you love what you do and are proud of it. Your patients and their family know the difference between cartoon nurses and a real one. So the nurse portrayal on TV doesn't bother me in the least. All you have to do to get that across to you patients is this "Hi, my name is ______ and I will be your nurse tonight. How can I help you"
  12. by   Ann RN
    Quote from TigerGalLE
    I have a hat... but I don't wear it because I can't wash it. Who knows what kind of germs collect on it..

    I have pins.. but I don't wear them because I always always lose the backs and then lose the pin....

    In my hospital you can wear any scrubs as long as you wear white on top (a white vest, lab coat, or scrub top)... I chose to wear white pants and a white top.. The white just lets me feel like a real nurse!
    How do you do laundry?
  13. by   Myxel67
    Quote from Calgon-take.me.away
    Was just wondering,,,,,how many nurses still wear their caps? I work with a very dedicated, yet at times anal nurse, and even though we work in a very small LTC facility, she still wears her nursing cap. I would love to wear mine, but they catch on curtains, fall off at the worst times. During nursing school, we were required to wear it at all times. Even bought one of those clear plastic carrying case so everyone could see I was a nurse. I feel that since nurses have went to multi colored scrubs, no more whites, no more caps, no more pins,,,,we have lost the respect of those. Yet, on some sitcomes, it portrays nurses in white as buxom, ditzy miniskirt wearing females. What do you all think????????
    Does anyone rerember the sitcom, "Julia"? It was a respectful portrayal of a young black woman working as a nurse and taking care of her son--she was a single mom--a widow I think, played by Dianne Carroll. She looked great in her uniform and cap, but I'm glad we don't use them any more
  14. by   spydercadet
    so, do you want to know the low down on nurses and the nursing cap controversy??? at least the way i heard it!

    i heard that back in the mid-70's, a time of major social upheaval and the push for equal rights for men and women the nursing cap issue came to it's final stand and ultimate death. the story goes something like this; a male nurse at a large hospital in chicago was not required to wear a nursing cap, for obvious reasons, but a female nurse who was required to wear her cap, took offense and ultimately a stand. she said if it's ok for him not to wear his cap then it has to be ok for her to not wear a cap. so, based on equality in the work place it became accepted practice that a nurse may or may not wear their nursing cap as a personal decision.

    so, if you'd like to wear one, feel free. as far as it getting caught on everything when you are taking care of patients, it isn't really that bad. before all the hoopla all nurses wore their cap unless they worked in the er or icu settings, those settings made wearing a cap very difficult.

    so, welcome to the 21st century and make your own stand!!! wear a cap if you'd like or don't if you don't like. = )

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