nursing caps - page 2

I'm in a RN program and it is required for us to wear our caps. We hate it What do you think? Did you have to wear one? and What year was it?... Read More

  1. by   gauge14iv
    Yeah - my mom said it was nice having the caps, especially if you moved across the country and then met someone with your cap on. You knew right away where they had gone to school by their cap and pin.

    We wore ours for pinning, but not for any other occasion. I still have mine - it's in a curio cabinet with a bunch of antique medical gear LOL
  2. by   all4schwa
    Quote from MissJoRN
    I've seen some cruddy caps that never left the hospital.
    We wore blue aprons that made me feel very dated (heck, my mom has her's from the same nursing school 20 years ago!). We're the only ones that use these community hospitals, but when we went to bigger cities for clinicals, all eyes were on us. how embarrassing.

    You would not believe the girls that would pull their apron our of their bag week after week with the same pens and supplies in the pocket! Huh-lo! Mine was in the wash the moment I got home.
  3. by   Jamesdotter
    I loved my cap. But not on my head. Especially not on my head at work.
    Last edit by Jamesdotter on Oct 21, '06
  4. by   sunnyjohn
    Quote from emmycRN
    I attended a Diploma program that required hats before I went on to get my BSN. This was in 2001 and yes, in the US. We all hated the hats. I have fine hair and mine was allways flopping around, threatening to plop into some awful mess. We also had to press our scrub pants so that there was a perfect crease down the front of the legs and not one hair on our heads could be out of place. Also, if our instructors didn't like the length of our stethoscopes they would take them and without a word cut the tubing in half. Felt more like a bootcamp than nursing school.
    Cut my steth???? IN 2001!!!! HECK NAW!!!!!

    Just tell me to put it away or fix the problem first. I'm a grown woman and can play the game as well as the next person.
  5. by   Cherish
    I think my program you wear caps. I'll find out for sure at orientation. Its a diploma program so there VERY traditional and old school (which I prefer, I like structure). I know you have the option of wearing a dress or pants, shirt, and a blue sweater vest but I have seen some students wear cap. So maybe its optional. Guys definately don't have to wear them but I hope I don't either. I just got out the army I'm tired of wearing hats 24/7!!! Its better than the beret though lol.
  6. by   HeartsOpenWide
    Quote from RNKittyKat
    I'm surprised you guys can wear your caps to hospital clinical. They're considered an infection control issue.
    Thats what our teacher told us when some one asked why we DON'T wear them any more
  7. by   BSNtobe2009
    I think nursing schools should require them for graduation ceremonies, at minimum.

    With all of the talk of "separating" the ASN from other majors at a CC level, this would be the first step in visually setting yourself apart at ceremonies.
  8. by   gauge14iv
    We wore them for pinning - we didnt wear them for graduation - we wore the mortar boards for graduation
  9. by   LTCRN4LIFE
    I definetely agree. I also see the Nurses who wear white get more respect as a nurse than those who wear colored scrubs on the floors I work.
  10. by   JPine
    Quote from emmycRN
    I attended a Diploma program that required hats before I went on to get my BSN. This was in 2001 and yes, in the US. We all hated the hats. I have fine hair and mine was allways flopping around, threatening to plop into some awful mess. We also had to press our scrub pants so that there was a perfect crease down the front of the legs and not one hair on our heads could be out of place. Also, if our instructors didn't like the length of our stethoscopes they would take them and without a word cut the tubing in half. Felt more like a bootcamp than nursing school.
    Cut the tubing of the stethoscope in half? Holy cow. Maybe they don't understand that cutting the length of the tubing that much seriously affects what you hear.

    My friend works at a LTC facility near Boston and she said there is one clinical group that must wear caps. I do think it is a Diploma program.

    Caps suck. There I said it.
  11. by   truern
    I'm wearing mine to work next Tuesday
  12. by   jill48
    We didn't wear caps in clinicals, only on graduation, and we recieved stripes. I was always taught that they were an infection control issue, and that they had a tendency to get caught on things, like I.V. poles, etc. In my 11 years, I only worked with one nurse who wore her cap, and she wore it religiously. Personally, I wish we still wore hats. I don't think we look professional enough anymore. All the staff dress the same now, how does a patient know if he is in the presence of a nurse, CNA, maintenance, dietary, etc. Don't get me wrong, all the different scrubs are very cute, but I would prefer to dress in white and wear the cap.
  13. by   Era
    Quote from truern
    I'm wearing mine to work next Tuesday
    I always wanted one but my cohort didn't even had to have one! ( yeah yeah infection control etc etc but I think they looked quite cool! ). I'd still wear a belt if I had to.

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