Nurses Capes (not caps) - page 2

I have seen older photos of nurses in long capes. I wonder if anyone here actually wore them, were they really warm, practical etc. It is part of nursing of the past, but they look so interesting, I... Read More

  1. by   PammieRN
    Next time I am at the fabric store I will look for a pattern....there has to be one in a vintage pattern area.....anyone ever seen the pattern?
  2. by   mustangsheba
    I've never had a nursing cape, although I would love to have one. I used to wear capes all the time because I love their versatility, and personally, I think they look a bit dashing. They're great over suits. And you can ride a horse while wearing one as well!!
  3. by   MollyJ
    Check out ebay today, there is a nurse cape item:

    a nurse cape from circa 1930
    Item # 1053749997

    You find them from time to time.
  4. by   NicuGal
    I went to nursing school in the 80's and the hospital had them at the front for the nurses that were taking patients out! They were so cool!
  5. by   nur20
    Please, if anyone finds out where to get them please e-mail me. I would love to have one !!!!
  6. by   HazelLPN
    I still have my nursing cape. I graduated from nursing school back in the 50s and we were required to wear it to the hospital. I still wear my cap, pin, and starched whites to work, but the cape, well, my grandson now uses it to play batman with when he comes to my house.
  7. by   jax
    I trained in the late 1980's and we had one as an optional part of the uniform. A shorter style red felt, red riding hood number. Very uncool at the time, although I quite liked it . jax
  8. by   iliel
    http://warsawhistory.org/nurses.html

    found a class picture of capes! I never even knew about them until I read this!
  9. by   ssjm3
    is there by any chance a nurse who can help me find a cape for my wife she is a nurse and loves them i am a soldier and i am coming home soon and her birthday is in july i want to give the cape to her as a present i have asked several army nurses and they all looked at me kinda funny is there some company that makes them or some where i can but on we live in nj.... with all my thanks....steve
  10. by   Leda
    I would suggest looking on Ebay, as they have them posted from time to time.
  11. by   grannynurse FNP student
    My goodness I haven't had a cape since I first entered nursing school, in 1964. Suggest e-bay. If I still had mine, I wouldn't give it up.

    Grannynurse
  12. by   Sunqueen
    I trained in London in the late 80's and was issued a cape (and caps) with my uniforms. We used to wear them during the quiet times at night, The only way to keep warm in those huge old wards!
  13. by   DG5
    I trained in South Africa in 75-78 and we were issued capes, really warm woolen ones. The winters were cold and we all wore them between the nursing residence and hospital. We had epaulets on the shoulders which showed everyone what year you were in and what extra training you had. Uniforms were starched stiff and we had to wear black stockings and black shoes with nurses cap.

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