Why the malevolence toward the cap?
I had and have one and only wore it about the first 5 or so years. The pins I quit wearing when I went to scrubs
--too easy to lose.
The cap is a symbol of our past. It is in the past and I can be sentimental about it. Here's an old question. Does anyone have a cape? I don't but I used to know nurses that had them. I occasionally cruise ebay for capes and pin and would, if I had time, start a collection of old caps, capes and pins from my state.
You know, the cap, cape and pin WERE great symbols that let the public know who we were. I would never seriously propose their return, but nurses do realize that you made yourself faceless when you chose the same clothes that housekeeping wears?
We wore a white rounded corner Kay cap. As students we started with a plain cap. After six weeks we got one vertical stripe on the side of the cap, about 1/2 inch off the right or left edge (can't remember which) [which you stuck on with KY jelly]. as second year students we got a second vertical stripe. At Graduation you worse the horizontal nurse stripe.
On the floor, no one had any doubt about your level of "green". No stripe and the obnoxious blue pinstrip uni? No brains. One vertical stripe. Growing some brains. Two vertical stripes? More brains.
Truthfully, folks, your cap was a little fun. Of course the cap I wore and the old Grace cap (much like ours but with squared corners and a thicker black stripe) or the old Sister's of Mercy school of nursing cap (witch like pointed cap with wide brim and broad black stripe) were most common because that was most of our origins. KU's cap looked like a stunted organza dunce cap with a wide black stripe. It was part of who you were.
It's in the past.