Going Back To Wearing Whites and The Cap! - page 6

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   live4today
    Originally posted by Ariko
    Cheerfuldoer's comment that men wearing white look like cooks, just mean that she has had narrow exposure. >>Sigh<<

    Cheers.
    Ummmmmmm...ARIKO????????.....JNETTE......NOT me said that men wearing white looked like cooks. Just getting the usernames right for ya!
  2. by   roxannekkb
    Originally posted by jnette
    I think now military does get to wear solid scrubs now, too, tho'??? Or they have a choice? I believe I've seen them in the recruiting materials... correct me if I'm wrong. No, don't like fatigues in a hospital setting at ALL.. for the field, fine, and appopriate. Still like whites in-hospital.
    I worked at both a naval and at an air force hospital, and the military wore regular blue or green hospital scrubs like everyone else. There was no distinction in the scrubs from any other that I've seen in any other hospital. Civilians and military wore the same. This was in the NICU. The rest of the staff wore their uniforms on the regular wards.

    Have to admit, I'm prejudiced against white. Especially caps. It reminds me too much of the old movies and TV shows, where the nurses waltz around carrying tiny trays with one bottle sitting on it, and their vocabulary consists of "yes doctor," "of course, doctor," "right away doctor."

    I never wore cutesy scrubs, always just hospital regulation. I loved the idea of being able to dump my scrubs into the hospital laundry at the end of a shift, and forget about them. Or be able to change right then and there if a baby puked on me.

    So surely, there must be a compromise in dress--somewhere between cutesy cute scrubs and the starched look.
  3. by   autumn-moon
    In nursing school, our uniform was white pants, white lab jacket, burgundy (school color) polo shirt, white hose and white shoes (no sneakers). I always felt like a glow-in-th-dark version of the Pillsbury Doughboy!! :chuckle

    Now, it's the opposite extreme. As a psych nurse, we are required to wear professional-looking street cothes. Even lab coats are frowned upon.....I guess someone might *mistake* us for actual nurses.....HELLLL-OOOO!!! We ARE nurses!!!! Yeesh.

    I never thought I would, but I actually *miss* my lab coat...or rather, it's pockets. I never have a place to put my pen, a note pad, my keys, etc. I have to try to find cardigans with pockets or dresses with pockets, etc. Not the easiest of tasks. And although it's nice to be able to wear stylish (yet conservative) clothing...sometimes it would be sooo much easier to roll outta bed in the morning and not have to think about what to wear that day..... Plus, I'd rather have a patient rip off a hospital uniform rather than one of my nice outfits (the key here is to dress in *layers*!!) :imbar

    I don't think I could get into the starched white dress and cap myself, but I do think that they are very classy and professional look for someone who feels comfortable enough to pull it off.

    Melissa
  4. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Originally posted by cheerfuldoer
    Men in "white".......have you seen up close and personal those fine Navy men in their very white starched uniforms and caps? If not, you've got to see one............you'll never see a man "in white" as a cook again honey. Promise you that! :kiss

    Nighty night!
    Oh yeah :stone There are advantages to living an hour or so away from the port .
  5. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Originally posted by bedpan
    Since I am bald in addition to being male I would either have to superglue or staple the cap to keep it on -

    Thinking I would wear the starched dress before choosing either of those options!

    :roll
  6. by   dianah
    I wore whites ("pantsuits" ca. 1975) and cap when I first graduated from nursing school. Pts. loved the look, I got positive feedback all the time. Wear scrubs now, like most nurses, -- working in Angio and Cath Lab, prefer scrubs provided by the hospital.
    I do have questions about the caps. I had trouble w/them getting swept off/out of position by privacy curtains, especially in the SICU I trained in. Later, I wondered about the potential for transmission of microorganisms, as I didn't tend to wash the cap the way I did/could the clothes. (I have the same questions about people wearing neckties from pt to pt, too)
    Also, re: wearing white exclusively: I am personally trying to greatly reduce my routine use of bleach, considering it an environmental problem, so bleaching the whites all the time -- just don't wanna do it. I use borax and/or washing soda, and vinegar, and don't wear a lot of white.
    Just my thoughts, appreciate all the other (level-headed and considerate) comments in this thread. -- D
  7. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Or the hat being askew, and no one telling you. :imbar
  8. by   live4today
    Hmmm...cleaning of the cap (thinking thinking thinking)....yessss...never thought of that one, dianah. Thanks for mentioning the cleaning of the cap. I never wore mine long enough to need cleaning since the cap was quickly discarded shortly after becoming a nurse by most hospitals where I ended up working. I have no idea where my old nursing cap is now.
  9. by   dianah
    I remember taking it apart, scrubbing it (while being careful not to get the velvet stripe wet), then letting it dry (hoping it wouldn't wrinkle somehow), and putting it back together with just the right amount of fold in the front . . . No matter how hard I scrubbed, or with what, that cap always seemed to have a stain at the front from "the sweat of my brow" ! ! !
  10. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Don't the strips signify something? I'm trying to remember if the number of stripes meant something different
  11. by   live4today
    As students, one stripe on the side corner of the cap meant first year clinical student. The second stripe meant second year clinical student. The third stripe meant graduating and headed for boards as we worked our three full time nonpaid clinical days a week on a unit of our choosing or whatever unit was left over after the pickings.

    Then came the ultimate stripe......graduated to a full stripe across the entire top of the hat! What a tearfully happy day that was for me!
  12. by   fab4fan
    Originally posted by LPN2Be2004
    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

    It's called a "covering" in my area...and, of course, they wear it all the time, not just at work; it's a part of their worship.
  13. by   ainz
    The cap is demeaning to nursing. It brings back the images of the doctor's handmaiden, which is tough for us guys to deal with

    Whites, OK. Not anything to get excited about in my opinion. I believe the clothing should have some sort of protective purpose about it. Just trying to recall what other true, autonomous, profession wears a uniform?????!!!!! And especially a cap.

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