how do you keep a nursing cap on? - page 3

I don't want this to turn into a thread about whether or not nursing caps should be worn (lord knows there's about 200 threads like that, on this board, already!), but I do have a question: For... Read More

  1. by   Jamesdotter
    >>For those of y'all who have worn caps, or who still do... how do you keep them on?<<

    With difficulty. LOL. I used most of the tricks the others did, except I didn't care if the pins showed, and was never called on it....
    Last edit by Jamesdotter on Feb 13, '03
  2. by   Gardengal
    Like fab4fan I used folded tissue pinned to my head with 2 bobby pins. The tissue I used though was facial or toilet tissue. Cheaper and more easily replaced every day. Then we used a bobby pin threaded thru the front label and attached this to the foled tissue stuck to our heads. 2 pins at the back of the cap(usually white, but sometimes any old pin becasue that's what you had) completed the ensemble.

    I remember many headaches that originated under that crisscrossed bobbypin pad which kept the cap from falling off of my head! I could still feel the sore spot from hair pulling several hours after I removed the cap. Once I removed my cap after graduation I only ever put it back on once, for a Halloween costume. I kept one clean cap, just in case I ever needed one-although i can't imagine ever putting one on. I turned down a great job offer 10 years ago because the nursing staff wore caps.

    When I moved a few years ago I came across my old cap in that round plastic cap holder. The cap had yellowed over the years, but the white bobby pins in the container were still bright white.
  3. by   NicuGal
    We wore ours in nursing school...it was always caught on something LOL

    Bobby pin the back and cross them in an X. Ours had this little tag in the front and we would put one thru there too. And be prepared to have a wopper headache.
  4. by   donmurray
    A couple of pieces of stainless steel implanted under the scalp, and a magnetic strip glued inside the cap should work!
  5. by   Uptoherern
    I'd say, if you can't keep it on, will they make you wear it.....
  6. by   CCL"Babe"
    Ours were held on by hat pins. If you had long hair the hat pins went through the bun or what ever. If your hair was short, wads of paper bobby pinned to your hair, then hat pins through the paper and with both ... white bobby pins. They still got lost. I got in trouble as a student when mine went flying off as I ran for a code cart.
  7. by   Darlene K.
    Dermabond!
  8. by   prmenrs
    My trick was the folded tissue one, one ply of kleenex, folded to a rectangle about 1"x1 1/2", held w/ 2 bobby pins on the ends, placed on RATTED hair (that was important!!, hurt less), then a longer, stronger bobby pin, top thru the little tape loop inside the cap, bottom part of the big bobby pin thru the tissue/hair business.

    I did it for years, then all of a sudden--NO CAPS! I still have some in my closet, nostalgia, ya know.
  9. by   BBFRN
    One of my clinical sites required students to wear caps when I was in nursing school. Here's how we kept them on (Ala' Nurse Ivy- an 85-year-old instructor): there's a tag on the inside front of your cap. Make an X with 2 white bobbie pins,attach them to the tag and secure the cap to your hair with a sliding motion toward the back of your head. Then, on each side of the cap( toward the back),attach 2 more "X'd" bobbie pins. This should be enough to secure the albatross to your head.
  10. by   deespoohbear
    Originally posted by debbie17368
    Here they make you wear it if you are new at the hospital and only for the first 90 days.
    What is that about? Some kind of initiation ritual?
  11. by   Chiaramonte
    My very profoundly bald RN husband says the only thing that ever worked for him was duct tape!
  12. by   nursemouse
    Wow, this brings back memories (from about 20 years ago!). I was a bobby-pin girl too, and always getting demerits from my instructor because my cap would be lopsided or falling off the back! My coup d'etat was when I was meticulously doing a dressing change on a VERY disgusting abdomenal wound and my cap fell right splat into the woman's open stomach!
  13. by   zudy
    I remember in LPN school 20-plus years ago learning how to wear our caps! We were all so serious!:chuckle

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