If nursing caps looked decent, would you wear one? - page 5

My school never issued nursing caps to us, only pins. Whenever I see old pictures of nurses wearing their caps I have this urge to want to find one for myself, if of course it looked decent. ... Read More

  1. by   RainbowSkye
    I always wanted a cap. I mean, Cherry Ames had one. I got my first cap when I was 15 and a volunteer at the local nursing home. (A blue and white striped cotton cap with a big ole red cross patch on the front.) I was so excited at our capping during our freshman year of nursing school (this was 1971), we all were. It was pretty easy to keep the cap on - first you had to fold a piece of toilet paper to just the right size and pin that to your hair with white bobby pins - then you pinned the cap onto that.
    Well, I probably haven't worn a cap since maybe 1976. But I do kind of miss it. Everyone knew you were a "real" nurse, and there was a great amount of respect that went along with that.
    I wonder what we could do to get that back (without pinning a cap on our heads again)? Something to think about.
    Skye
    Oh, I wish I had gotten a cape, my school stopped giving the out with the class right before mine. I've actually looked on e-bay to get one. Go figure.
  2. by   SKM-NURSIEPOOH
    while i was in lpn school, we had to wear the caps during the ltc rotation because those cliental immediately related the "nurses" (we were nursing students) from the aides. they were more attentive & wanted to cooperate more whenever we needed to perform basic nursing care with them. we wore our caps during our graduation/candle lighting/pinning ceremony...i was sooo proud to put my cap on!!!! now i wear my cap & all whites on nurses' day at work (a number of my co-workers have started this tradition on my job). i find whenever i wear whites, i tend to walk, sit, & generally carry myself more professionally than whenever i wear the printed scrubs. i have to wear whites whenever i'm assigned to perform my army a.t. duty in a hospital setting.

    when i was a child, i remember watching my grandmother get ready for work....she used to wear her white uniform with the matching cap & blue cape. i fell in love with that uniform & always thought how professional & important her she looked!!!

    i realize that those days are gone forever but somehow, i do wish that there could be some way that we could come to work, look professional, & be respected for our profession without having to have to be put in some sort of box. physicians/nurse practitioner/social workers can make rounds with their professional attire & lab coats...why can't we also go to work with attire other than scrubs that look like pajamas??? just a thought.

    to get back to the topic of the thread, i would & do wear my cap but it's only once a year....doing nurses' day (within nurses' week).

    my current bsn program doesn't do the "capping" thing anymore...i believe that they feel that wearing caps are "outdated"....they do, however, still have the pinning ceremonies. i kind of wish that they still have the capping ceremonies as a symbolic gesture of finally achieving our goals.
  3. by   pappyRN
    My nursing arts instructor said that caps stood for subservience and that wearing them helped us to remember "our place". Hahaha Hehehe!
    I went to a Catholic diploma school in the days when we had to kneel on the floor and the hem of our uniforms had to touch the floor. Oh, and another thing, if a doc walked into the nursies station and you had the chart he wanted you had better give it up and give it up fast. And then- you'd better offer him a cup of coffee! Those were the days.
    Now, when a doc walks into the nurses station most people ignore them unless they need them for something. I crack up laughing when I think of the old days.
    But yes, even with that symbolism I would wear my cap. I worked my a$$ to get it. I think it was a lot more fun in the old days. Besides, my cap is very traditional, almost like Cherry Ames- big brim with black velvet stripe and two little gold crosses one on each end holding the stripe on.
    Personally, I really think that we need to be able to be identified as a nurse. Patients and their families should be able to know whom to ask their questions of and are entitled to correct, knowledgeable and professional answers. If I am to be responsible for those who help me deliver care to a patient I sure do want to know what's being said to them.
    I guess I really am old fashioned and took those nuns way too seriously!!!
    Warm personal regards,
    PappyRN
  4. by   mark_LD_RN
    us males sure threw a wrench in the works of the old capping and pinning ceremony. we had just a pinning ceremony , as the 6 males in our class refused to were caps,. but we did agree to carry the lamp of knowledge.
  5. by   SKM-NURSIEPOOH
    ...down through the years...i hope you'll get a kick out of some of them!!!


    civilization.ca - one hundred years of nurses' caps - resources ...
    http://www.civilization.ca/hist/infirm/inint02e.html

    dyk2 - ... supplier. columbia college of nursing the history of the college from the ... of profession
    http://dyk1.homestead.com/caps.html


    welcome to army nurse corps history
    http://www.army.mil/cmh-pg/anc/anchhome.html

    army nursing pictures in history
    http://www.army.mil/cmh-pg/anc/pictorial_hist.html

    highlights in the history of the army nurse corps
    http://www.army.mil/cmh-pg/anc/highlights.html

    images of army nurses in the war with spain
    http://www.army.mil/cmh-pg/documents/spanam/ws-anc.htm

    army nurses: world war ii and korean war images
    http://www.army.mil/cmh-pg/anc/a&i/ww2-kw/anc-glry.htm
    the army nurse corps:
    a commemoration of world war ii service
    http://www.army.mil/cmh-pg/books/wwii/72-14/72-14.htm
    history of the army nurse corps
    (slide presentation with narration)
    http://www.army.mil/cmh-pg/anc/slpr/slpr.htm
    the revolution and civil war
    http://www.army.mil/cmh-pg/anc/slpr/slpr1.htm
    the spanish-american war
    http://www.army.mil/cmh-pg/anc/slpr/slpr2.htm
    world war i
    http://www.army.mil/cmh-pg/anc/slpr/slpr3.htm
    the years between world wars
    http://www.army.mil/cmh-pg/anc/slpr/slpr4.htm
    world war ii
    http://www.army.mil/cmh-pg/anc/slpr/slpr5.htm
    the years between world war ii and the korean conflict
    http://www.army.mil/cmh-pg/anc/slpr/slpr6.htm
    the korean conflict
    http://www.army.mil/cmh-pg/anc/slpr/slpr7.htm
    the years between the korean conflict and vietnam
    http://www.army.mil/cmh-pg/anc/slpr/slpr8.htm
    the vietnam war
    http://www.army.mil/cmh-pg/anc/slpr/slpr9.htm
    let's move now to the 70's and 80's
    http://www.army.mil/cmh-pg/anc/slpr/slpr10.htm
    this brings us to the 90's
    http://www.army.mil/cmh-pg/anc/slpr/slpr11.htm
    conclusion
    http://www.army.mil/cmh-pg/anc/slpr/slpr12.htm

    the history and organization of the red cross nursing service
    http://www.redcross.org/services/nursing/history/

    a journey through time
    http://www.med.virginia.edu/hs-libra...rap/cover.html

    i guess i love:blushkiss my army nurse corps....heeeheee....lol!!!
  6. by   Love-A-Nurse
    , moe and thanks for sharing the links!
  7. by   GPatty
    Yea~ I would wear a nursing cap if given the oppertunity...I think the all-white uniform and white cap looked wonderful and very respectful!
    Does anyone know where I can find a cape? Been looking and can't find one anywhere! Let me know....
    I'd wear one of those, too!!!

    Julie
  8. by   NRSKarenRN
    Nurses Cape:
    ... Three of the buttons are decorative the other three actually close the cape.
    This cape is reminiscent of the nurses' capes worn during WWII. ...
    http://www.rubylane.com/enter/vintag...r/84.8p28.html



    Loved my cap----last worn in late 80's. Just old time nurse but working in critical care with wires, haning IV poles above bed, all the monitors wouldn't cut it.
  9. by   NRSKarenRN
  10. by   researchrabbit
    I have fine, straight hair that won't even hold a rubber band (it all just slithers out eventually)...no way could I keep it on unless I glued it down!
  11. by   obtnt
    Like the others, I too have great memories of my cap and what it stood for, hard work, pride in the profession, the history of our sisters before us. Fast forward to today and it is still a great feeling, a remembrance to hold on to. Then I remember the headaches, the tissure squares to hold it on, keeping it clean, UGH!!! To answer the poll, I'll wear one when the doctors have to wear one-in other words, when pigs fly!!!!
  12. by   SherRN
    Originally posted by RainbowSkye
    I always wanted a cap. I mean, Cherry Ames had one. I got my first cap when I was 15 and a volunteer at the local nursing home. (A blue and white striped cotton cap with a big ole red cross patch on the front.) I was so excited at our capping during our freshman year of nursing school (this was 1971), we all were. It was pretty easy to keep the cap on - first you had to fold a piece of toilet paper to just the right size and pin that to your hair with white bobby pins - then you pinned the cap onto that.
    Well, I probably haven't worn a cap since maybe 1976. But I do kind of miss it. Everyone knew you were a "real" nurse, and there was a great amount of respect that went along with that.
    I wonder what we could do to get that back (without pinning a cap on our heads again)? Something to think about.
    Skye
    Oh, I wish I had gotten a cape, my school stopped giving the out with the class right before mine. I've actually looked on e-bay to get one. Go figure.
    Cherry Ames !!! OMG I read everyone of her bookes. Thanks RainbowSkye for the flashback.
  13. by   JailRN
    Almost forget about Cherry Ames-thanks for the memories.
    As for capes, sometimes in the Army-Navy surplus stores you can find French Police Capes, they're Mid calf and 100% wool, very warm waterproof and not $$$, plus has a hood.

    I still have my nursing school cape- when I'm thin will wear it again. (soon, soon ,soon)

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