Going Back To Wearing Whites and The Cap! - page 3

Yeppers......strongly thinking about it! There's a nurse on my unit who wears her starched white nursing dress, white stockings, white shoes, and her nursing cap every tiime she works. ... Read More

  1. by   Sekar
    Steph, thanks! It was actually a smart ass reaction on my part. I was tempting at a LTC facility who's rules were that all nurses had to wear caps. The fact that I was male didn't seem to matter. So during my lunch hour I ran out and had that hat made. I was not required to wear a cap after that. Come to think of it, the policy was changed shortly thereafter.
  2. by   VivaLasViejas
    I agree that whites do make a nurse look crisp and professional. Too bad that they are also impractical in the modern healthcare setting, and make those of us who are NOT fashion model-sized look like potential mates for the Michelin Tire man. I haven't worn whites since graduation, and am grateful for the many comfortable, colorful scrubs and uniforms we have to choose from nowadays!
  3. by   jnette
    Go 4 it, Renee ! What the heck, if it makes you happy, why not? Seems like we don't have a whole LOT of choices left in nursing, anyway, and if this is one area where we still have a bit of choice, then take advantage of it and do as YOU please !

    Don't think I'd ever be comfortable wearing a cap, but have always preferred whites.. even where I work, and we deal with a LOT of blood ! I have some printed scrubs, but hardly ever wear them. Pretty much stick with white pants and white warmup, differents styles, etc. over a solid top of any color. I also like all navy with a white warmup or labcoat. Don't think the dresses/skirts are practical at all, but, they do look nice... perhaps for an office nurse, school nurse, etc.

    I always have thought white does look more professional, regardless.
    And my mom always asks.. "now you get to wear da white unforms?" When I point out scrubs to her, she wrinkles up her nose, and says "dose aren't da uniforms ! Dose are da pijammas!"

    But you do what tickles YOUR fancy, and have fun ! Let us know the looks and comments you get!
  4. by   fergus51
    As far as the identity issue, I suppose I am lucky in that I have always been in an all nurse area, so there was never any confusion. None of the places I have worked at had techs or CNAs in OB, and the housekeeping staff wore a standard uniform as did RTs. I get so many compliments on my semi-outlandish prints that I can't see going back to plain.
  5. by   Gardengal
    I never could keep that cap on my head, always in too much of a hurry flipping my stethescope off my neck and knocking it off, so I'm not going there.

    I do find however that a white lab jacket or coat tends to "equalize the playing field" with many of the docs. I rarely wear white uniforms or scrubs because I got so sick of white over the first 10 years in my career. I did however keep to usually wearing a white jacket or lab coat and find that it generates a different response than when I strickly wear colors.
  6. by   Spidey's mom
    Sekar - I like your attitude. Still like the baseball hat idea. I think I'm gonna have one made.

    Jnette . . . I too like a white lab coat over a colored top or colored pants. Used to wear white jeans before having my last child . . . I may again when I get these thighs taken care of.

    White and Navy Blue are my favorite colors together.

    I'm not one for the printed scrub tops . . . I have purchased them and then just don't feel right in them. Just found one in the back of my closet . . .(I'm cleaning the closet out - arrggh - a rainy day project). It is bright orange with kitty cat faces . . . .

    steph
  7. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    White shirts ok.

    White pants ok (i see myself ruining these easily).

    White socks and shoes, I wear those anyway.

    Now for skirts or pantyhose, i do not work well in a skirt so i'll always fight against it for myself. And i have yet to find a pair of stocking, be they skin, white, or purple, that do not fall down every 10 minutes or cut off circulation to the lower half of my body.
    :stone
  8. by   jnette
    Originally posted by stevielynn

    I'm not one for the printed scrub tops . . . I have purchased them and then just don't feel right in them. Just found one in the back of my closet . . .(I'm cleaning the closet out - arrggh - a rainy day project). It is bright orange with kitty cat faces . . . .

    steph
    Same here.. they get pushed farther and farther back in the closet.. might as well just put 'em in a yard sale. And even tho' I never had any BRIGHT ORANGE WITH KITTYCAT FACES :chuckle ....mine were rather demure, I still don't care for them. Prefer the solids by far.

    (although I must confess to having ONE which still CLINGS to my closet hangerrod, and just WON'T let go... somehow REFUSES to be relegated to the yardsale box... it's black with all these neat, little,psychodelic-colored VW BUGS....)
  9. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Originally posted by mjlrn97
    I agree that whites do make a nurse look crisp and professional. Too bad that they are also impractical in the modern healthcare setting, and make those of us who are NOT fashion model-sized look like potential mates for the Michelin Tire man.


    :roll
  10. by   roxannekkb
    I have to agree, I am not the cap kinda girl either. Never wore a cap, never owned one. At my school there were no cap requirements, and there was no official uniform--just white.

    I never wore a white uniform at work, always scrubs and supplied by the hospital. That said, we should all wear what makes us happy and fits with the dress code of our workplace.

    However, I find the white cap and starched dress disempowering for nurses, the connection between whites and the "angel of mercy" image or the "White Angel" image too strong. Its association with nursing is also an association of the doctor's little helper, and the angel who doesn't need to get paid a decent wage, or earn real respect.

    On a historical note, white was not always the color for nurses. Students at Bellevue, the first Nightingale type school to open in the US (around 1870), initially rebelled against the idea of wearing a uniform because it reminded them of being a maid! Early nursing uniforms generally consisted of a colored dress, with a white bib and apron over it. Makes a lot more sense--easier to change the apron than the whole dress if it got dirty.

    Judging from old photos, it looks like nurses went to all white in the 1920s. So styles do change, and just because people got used to seeing nurses in white, doesn't mean that it has to stay that way forever. Afterall, early nurses wore floorlength skirts and petticoats. That changed, to the shorter starched white dress. And now most nurses are wearing colored uniforms or scrubs. Just evolution, I say.
  11. by   shelleybelle
    I love this thread!! My mother just had a fit when she found out the all whites & caps were a thing of the past... I did have to wear an all white uniform. It wasn't TOO bad... except a couple of my classmates wound up w/ poop on em :uhoh21: However, we had a few days when we could wear our own scrubs and I gotta tell ya... i wasn't crazy about the printed tops. They look so cute on others, but not me... I looked like a barrel... seemed to me even worse than the Michelan man's mate look (I LOVED THAT, BTW)... I love wearing a white top w/navy pants... and a white warmup or lab coat.. I like a LITTLE bit of white... gotta have some dark colors to try and mask those thunder thighs & ghetto booty

    However, I'd love to see someone ELSE in the whites & cap.. that'd be really cool. I know of a couple nurses here who, because of their religion, are prohibited to wear pants and they ALWAYS look so crisp and clean in their scrub skirts & dresses... but I don't think i'd like to wear them..
  12. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Yes we have Mennonite women that work on my floor who wear a printed top and the longer white skirt with the white hose, and then they have their own white see-through cap that goes over the back of their hair (i forgot the technical term for it). They look so professional!!

    I still don't wanna wear pantyhose or skirts lol
  13. by   VivaLasViejas
    I can't imagine wearing a skirt or a scrub dress to work. All the bending, reaching, stooping etc. would be a lot more complicated if I had to worry about my hem creeping up too high over my size-20 butt.......not to mention the fact that wearing pantyhose every day would be hell. (I'm pretty tan, but wearing a dress w/o hose is a fashion no-no for most of us over a certain age.....)

    I usually wear print tops over dark-colored solid pants, mainly because my bustline is rather generous and that's the first place any stray food or drink lands--*plop*. I stick with the small prints for the most part, because I look like a walking wallpaper sample in big flowered patterns, and my color choices depend on the season (brights and pastels in the summer, holiday patterns and lots of red and black in the winter). I confess, I have a few "cutesy" tops, which the patients love even though I occasionally ask myself how much older I've got to get before my sense of dignity takes over and I stop wearing the shirt that says "home is where the cat is".

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