Anyone HAVE to wear a cap? - page 4

I have been visiting a facility around here recently where the nurses MUST wear a cap. It is strange. I was told another facility around here also mandates them. I was really taken aback! The... Read More

  1. by   renerian
    Nell no offense but that is one ugly cap.........................yikes........

    renerian
  2. by   nell
    Yeah, renerian, and just imagine what it looked like after it fell off into the toilet...
  3. by   ricquet
    hi nannanurse i definately agree with you all i am in jamaica and almost all the hospitals require us to wear hats. i hate it with a passion because of i feel likr retireing even though i am i senior in nursing school. but i guess you americans need to brighten their darkness on this cap thing.
  4. by   RN2B2005
    You can also order caps of virtually every size, shape, and style ever known through Kay's Caps. They're a store in New Jersey (I think)--just run it through Google. Their selection is far more extensive than The Travel Trunk, although you can't actually place an order online.

    I ordered a cap identical to my grandmother's through Kay's, because my grandmother wants to be buried in her uniform (I kid you not). Being the practical sort, she tried on her old cap and found it to be rather moth-eaten. I took a pic of it and e-mailed it to Kay's; it took them 72 hours to create an exact match. It cost about $75, including a case, studs, and shipping. Now my grandmother can meet her Maker well-dressed.
  5. by   adrienurse
    If anyone buries me in my uniform I swear I will Haunt them!!!!!
  6. by   TracyB,RN
    Aus Nurse, how on earth did you find my cap from LPN school?? I have been looking all over the place for it. Hee hee hee.
    Seriously, that is exactly the cap I used to wear as a student, same big fat gray stripe.
  7. by   deespoohbear
    Originally posted by RN2B2005

    I ordered a cap identical to my grandmother's through Kay's, because my grandmother wants to be buried in her uniform (I kid you not). Being the practical sort, she tried on her old cap and found it to be rather moth-eaten. I took a pic of it and e-mailed it to Kay's; it took them 72 hours to create an exact match. It cost about $75, including a case, studs, and shipping. Now my grandmother can meet her Maker well-dressed.
    What a thoughtful granddaughter you are!!! Hope your Grandma is proud of you.....
  8. by   Flo1216
    I had to laugh when I saw the pic of that cap. It's worse than mine!
  9. by   LPN_mn
    I graduated LPN school 4 years ago and I bought my cap through the school. Although no one else in my class wanted one. I wore my cap voluntarily when I work at School Sisters of Notre Dame taking care of the elderly nuns and I really enjoyed it. At the facility I am currently at I wear street clothes and a cap does not go very well with a pair of jeans. I am one of those people that wish the cap would make a come back. I am with the one who said that the cap was the nurses crown. I worked very hard to become a nurse and I am very proud of my cap. It is now in a glass box on display in my home. I have it professionally dry cleaned every year.
  10. by   HRHNurse Carol
    Well, I've heard of hospitals that still require caps, but I think it's absurb. jt- you have stated the only argument I have ever heard for wearing a cap that makes any sense at all. I wore my cap as an LPN for about 10 yrs, after I graduated in 1979. I remember once in ICU, this was about 1982, we all "forgot" our caps for a day to protest. The DON felt that the best way to deal with the problem was to ignore us for a day, although a memo on dress code was put out. I will never forget the next day when we all wore our caps again, the Drs. commenting on "having their nurses back". I had to wear a cap twice for clinical when I went back for RN, and when I graduated for the pinning. I paid too much for something that got worn three times. My mom wore a cap for most of her career, wore one at least 40 yrs. Although she concedes that the argument against caps has a lot of merit, she still scolded me in the parking lot after the capping ceremony when I threw it to the pavement and stomped on it. Said the cap was my dignity. I told her that a cap is in no way shape or form my dignity. She thought about it for a second and decided her statement didn't make a whole lot of sense either. My grandmother wore a cap her entire career, I don't know what her opinion was, but my guess is she'd of said there are more important things to have to worry about. The kicker is, my grandfather, before he went to med school, was a nurse. This was at the turn of the century when men just didn't become nurses (I'm proud of him). He never had to wear a cap. Neither has my brother, who has been an RN since 1970. You bet the cap is sexist. We just had a new hospital open up and on the first day a few of the nurses wore their caps. Well, it suprised people, cause I usually am a live and let live person, but I told them I was offended. I just don't think the cap is the message about nursing that we want to send out. I just simply have no respect for it plain and simple and would have difficulty taking any nurse that wore one now seriously. Getting rid of the cap was a difficult and important battle in gaining respect as professionals. And, if anyone wants to know if I am a nurse, I have a piece of paper that states it clearly. Thats all I need. I'm afraid that if I went into a place where the nurses wore caps, I would find myself wondering if pt. care standards were up to date. I just feel strongly about this. By the way, have you ever noticed how many older nurses have bald spots where they used to pin their caps? I have. That's appalling.
  11. by   Barb(Old Biddy)
    I still wear white but without the cap. I love the full uniform but I find I get too much attention when I wear my cap and I stick out like a sore thumb. I've never had a problem keeping my cap on nor keeping it clean and white. I think it is nice to see a group of people and be able to pick out the RNs without having to get out the bifocals. The casualness of todays nurses is an example of the general attitude of lack of respect for ones appearance, lack of respect for authority, lack of manners and the "dummying" of everything. I also like the policeman's, the serviceman's uniform and any other uniform. Some of these people wouldn"t look as good as they do if they weren't MADE to keep their uniform to look a certain way. The old saying "dress for success" is not so out of date as some of you would like to think. You can't convince me that scrubs, gaudy prints and dirty, tri-color athletic shoes with with a big "N" on the side, long hair and nails makes you look like you've got it all together. Sorry, sweetie. You'll find out that every generation thinks it is better and brighter, but in the end they never are.
  12. by   adrienurse
    Well said Carol.
  13. by   fab4fan
    Wow...you stomped your cap...LOL!!!

    I have to say I still have mixed feelings about caps; I felt so proud on capping day, real sense of accomplishment, and our student caps were pretty cool. Our graduate caps, however, were a total nightmare...huge things that resemble a nun's habit (what can you expect from a Catholic SON).

    I would have the same feeling, though, if I walked into a facility and saw all the nurses in caps...whoa, "dee dee dee dee, dee dee dee dee..." It doesn't make sense where I work (ED), and when I worked Peds, I think it would have been outright inappropriate...scares the kids.

    Personally, I like the different scrubs...very interesting and cheery. And my feet need the support that only a pair of athletic shoes can provide.

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