Caps - page 2

This may sound a little strange, But here goes. I am a first year nursing student and have just found out that my next placement will be at a private hospital not an NHS hospital, and I will be... Read More

  1. by   NRSKarenRN
    Bangs are the short wispy pieces of hair that extend over the forehead above the eyes.
  2. by   LilgirlRN
    15 years ago when I became a nurse, we were expected to wear caps too. I worked in an intensive care setting, I often had patients on 5-6 different types of drips, my cap would get tangled in the tubing, never mind the fact that caps are nasty as far as taking care of patients is concerned...it's not like they are washed everyday and they go with you into each patient's room. We no longer wear the caps, we are not expected to show up to work in all white, we no longer have to wear a top that covers our hips...we (our hospital and its staff) joined the future back in the late 80's. Looks like your hospital would realize there is a nursing shortage on... the fact that they would MAKE me wear a cap would keep me from working there. Well, maybe if they paid an extra 5 bucks an hour
  3. by   P_RN
    Remember all, Whisper is in England. They do things a bit differently there.
  4. by   Whisper
    Thanks for explaining bangs, i have never heard a fringe called that before

    However caps are not the norm over here, they are only worn in the 'posh' private hospitals, and i have to buy the one day wear kind, however we still do wear dresses, or trousers and tunic depending on your personal prefferences. And belts and fob watches, which I think is no longer the practise in the USA? but I am not sure. Some British Nurses do wear scrubs, but they are generally on day surgery, or A&E.

    Thankfully the 'cap' placement is only twelve weeks, and i think i can survive that long
  5. by   Teshiee
    WOW! I UNDERSTAND YOU DILEMMA. ALL THE SUGGESTIONS THAT WERE GIVEN WERE GOOD. CAN YOU HAVE A FRENCH ROLL? NOT ONLY IS IT ELEGANT BUT THE HAIR IS TUCK VERY NEATLY IN A NICE ROLL! I WORE LONG BRAIDS IN NURSING SCHOOL, KEEPING THEM OFF MY COLLAR WAS A JOB BUT I WRAP THOSE SUCKERS UP IN A BIG BALL. HAHAHAHA 12WEEKS IS NOT THAT BAD I SWORE AFTER I HAD TO ENDURE A WHITE APRON WITH MY DRESS I WOULD HAVE A RITUAL BURNING! TO THIS DAY I DON'T WEAR ANYTHING WHITE EXCEPT SOCKS. GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR TRAINING.
  6. by   Uptoherern
    No one is asking the obvious question.......what are they making the MALE nurses wear on their heads? does england have a sex discrimination law? ha.
  7. by   KatWright
    I graduated nearly 30 years ago and while I would NOT want to wear a cap again (YUK) but I wanted one like the one we graduated with so that I could make a shadow box, but I can't find that style.

    When I went to the bookstore of my college, the (VERY) young cashier said "I don't know what you are talking about but we have caps over there....pointing at the baseball caps!!!


    By the way, any suggestions for finding a strange looking cap ??
  8. by   boggle
    Hi whisper,

    A long, long, long time ago (the 70's), I coped with my waist length thick hair and cap with the two braids wrapped forward around the head. (The Germanic look referred to a previous post) My friends called it the "Heidi of the Mountains" look! It actually was pretty easy. I could braid it in minutes and several bobby pins kept it in place ALL day. It was unshakeable!

    I'm guessing you really only need a hairstyle to get through you first day. You can get ideas from all the other nurses you see once you get there. They certainly have come up with a few fool proof solutions.

    I liked my cap, kind of miss it- or maybe I just miss the excitement of those begining nursing days associated with it.

    Hope your new assignment is a good one despite the dress code! Have fun and learn lots!!!!!
  9. by   CashewLPN
    hmm.... hows about the princess leia look? might be cool...

    --Barbara
  10. by   Ariko
    Here is where you can still get caps in the states: http://www.kayscaps.com/

    Are there any sources for caps in the UK?

    Thanks
  11. by   Whisper
    Yes there is Ariko, thanks for asking. I can buy them in the same shop where I have to buy my dresses and tunics from. I was quite suprised at how cheap caps were, the disposable ones are only 20 pence each! And the cotton ones are about 7, I have no idea how much that is in American Dollars
  12. by   Ariko
    Good morning Whisper,

    Heartbeat' seems to have been running on LWT for years. It's set in a Yorkshire village in the '60s and is absolute pants!

    Can you tell me what "absolute pants", "Heartbeat" and LWT means? Lower Wales Television perhaps? I heard the phase "knickers" while in Cambridge many years ago. Could this be absolute pants? Oh well. . .

    I was thinking that I would like to have a cap from the UK to keep on a shelf next to my MGH cap, where I went to school, which is no longer worn. From what I have seen of caps in the UK, they can vary greatly from the broad nuns' style to something that looks like a demitasse cup with a napkin stuffed in it. Does Alexandria have a catalogue they could post? Don't you have to wear a cap that is from your school?

    For the record, I feel that the nursing dresses etc in UK are very smart and professional and I wish we could wear that kind of uniform here. I am older and I want to be seen as a nurse and not as part of the cleaning staff or the kitchen workers. I still morn the real loss of dignity and professionalism of American nursing. Granted whites were harder to keep clean, but I have had friends wearing scrubs and white shoes, which are unmistakably the uniform of a nurse, have men stand and give them their seat on the subway here in Boston. She could not stop talking about that for days. Even your dresses with piping around the neck and collar look terrific. Here you will be hard pressed to spend more than $25 on a set of scrubs, although I would happily pay twice that for something that looked better.

    Sorry, this is a bit off the original cap issue.
  13. by   Whisper
    Good evening, Ariko
    And here are I hope the answers to your questions:
    absolute pants, is generally a compliment!, pants on its own generally means something is rubbish or trash And yes in the UK pants mean the same as knickers.

    Heartbeat is Filmed in Goathland, I have been there many times, it is in the North York Moors, and is situated between where I live In Yorkshire and the seaside resort of Whitby.

    LWT, I think means London west television but I am not sure, allthough I will look into that for you.

    The shop alexandria does not have a website, but in January when I return to Uni I'll try and find out about getting a catalouge for you, as well as finding about a web based shop for you.

    Thankyou for the compliment on the uniforms Allthough as a student I have to be really carefull in case anyone thinks I am qualified, but it is nice to have bus drivers let you on for free, or people to let you to the front of queues!

    I have only worn green pyjamas once, after I got code browned on, and I was freezing, they were so uncomfortable and had no pockets, I don't know all american nurses cope! They were also draw string and by the end of my shift they kept comming unfastened.... but that is getting way way off topic

    Any how, hope that helps some.. And happy holidays.
    whisper

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