nursing caps - page 6

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   miss arron
    i find it very interesting that something as simple as a cap can bring about such a wide range of strong feelings...

    i've really enjoyed reading this thread
  2. by   time4meRN
    Graduated in 1980. Yep we wore caps , infact there was a guy in our class, he could be considered a "hippie", he insisted on being capped like the rest of us. If there was something to be radical about he found it. But any way , it was halarious. We all loved him dearly, and enjoyed every min of it. Cause , non of us liked to wear them. (as we said in the day, he stuck it to the man).I wore it as required for graduation, folded it up put it away, havn't worn it since. They are a pain to wear. They always remind me of the days that nurses got out of their chairs for dr's. Although, I must say there are many nurses who come to work looking less than professional.. Wrinkles etc. I always think we should have clean white shoes, pressed uniforms and lab coats out of the dept. (The hospitals should supply all of it.) The better nurses look the better the hospital is represented.
  3. by   RNperdiem
    Nurses uniforms have followed the general trends in streetwear. When skirts were long, nursing uniforms were long. When miniskirts were in fashion, uniforms were shorter. When women switched to pants for every day wear, pants were worn to work. Women once wore hats when they went out. Hats are rarely seen now, and caps went away too.
    To see caps again would seem a little too theatrical, too camp. Too bad, I looked really good in my cap in nursing school.
  4. by   HazelLPN
    I still wear my cap. In my day, it was something that you worked hard for and were proud to earn.

    Many of the young girls (and guys) who are new grads ask me very candid questions about my cap. They think...as some of the posters do here...that its sexist or a symbol of women being subserviant to men. For me....it obviously does not mean any of these things. For me its a symbol of my calling to take care of the sick to the best of my abilities. As each nursing school has its own cap....it also is a symbol of pride for the school that I trained at.

    The cap is ingrained in the history of nursing and will always be. Don't want to wear one? Fine....but respect the older generation's right too.....and respect that knowledge of history is best learned by living through that period of history vs reading about it in a weblink or textbook.
  5. by   angelinab
    In the stoneage or now? LOL jk. Uh, I would burn the cap. . .LOL
  6. by   joannep
    I have really enjoyed this thread.
    We wore caps during nursing school, each year you got an extra stripe, but I have only worked at one facility where you were required to wear a cap as an RN.
    I have a cap in my cupboard that I wear for international nurses' day, as well as my old cape. I must get a white uniform to finish of my outfit!
  7. by   nursemary9
    I have enjoyed reading the posts in this thread.
    I, like many others, wore a cap thru nursing school and thereafter.

    In the 1970's sometime, we stopped wearing them at my Hospital. It was mainly an infection control issue.
    We did have one older Nursing Supervisor on the night shift who continued to wear her cap. In the 1980's sometime, Administration told her she MUST STOP wearing it because it was too intimidating to the younger nurses!!

    Go Figure!!
  8. by   RNsRWe
    Quote from nursemary9
    We did have one older Nursing Supervisor on the night shift who continued to wear her cap. In the 1980's sometime, Administration told her she MUST STOP wearing it because it was too intimidating to the younger nurses!!
    A cap intimidates newer nurses? Wonder what else frights these poor mites, eh? LOL....there's just a couple in my hospital who still wear them, and I can guarantee you their caps aren't gonna intimidate any of us!
  9. by   nuangel1
    i went to school 83-87 never had a cap the whole time and have never worn one .i had a pinning ceremony..my program did not have them agree with them or require them .i have always disliked the idea of them at all.the female subservience for one,id issues for 2 ,and i hate hats period .i don't look good in hats.also this whole idea that we would look like nurses and be more respected in all white to me is nonsense.my bsn and my 20 yrs of experience plus the way i carry myself is what earns respect .certainly not the color of my clothing .white is impractical and i don't look good in it.i love my comfortable scrubs thanks.
  10. by   ShariDCST
    hi - i just joined recently - you all can probably see that. i was an lpn student in the late '70's but had to leave school when my doc put me off my feet for hypotension issues after i got pregnant with my daughter after the program began! (can you say bad timing???) i'm now a cst, and love it. but i've always had the nursing "calling" in some way or another.
    i've been reading the posts on caps, i know this is a few months too late, but in case someone still catches it, i thought i'd throw this in the "hat" - or cap, as it were.
    i see mentioned from time to time that the guys aren't really formally included sometimes when schools that still do capping ceremonies give them to the female students. i saw something a while back i thought was a nice compromise on that particular issue. if your school still does this, and you have male students in your class - here's a neat way to include them in! the school/class i saw photos of had provided the traditional school caps for the female students, and all-white baseball style caps for the guys! if stripes were needed to represent class rank, then they wrapped one around the base of the cap, just above the brim. i'm sure they didn't actually wear them on clinicals, but it sure would give them a way to be included in on the fun, and a dandy keepsake for later on!
    i still have my cap from way back in the old days - we had already been capped before i had to drop. i wore it every day in clinicals like a crown - and now it's a precious memento to me of all the hard work, study and sacrifice we made to get past that initial "probationary" period and move on to becoming nurses. i still wear a cap now - just a different kind.
  11. by   wayunderpaid
    At the risk of getting in trouble, I will say that my wife's nursing cap did something really special for me....

    As a male nurse, I think that caps are put-dated in the workplace.
  12. by   JBudd
    I think some people are overlooking what the cap did in the early days of nursing. Women had very long hair, washing it daily wasn't really an option (no hair dryers!). Women did not go out in public without a hat, nor did they wear it down. (Ever hear the phrase "letting your hair down"? It meant you were in a private and confidential place, such as the bedroom). The cap helped keep dirt out of all that long piled up hair, and under control. Not to mention, they didn't have plastic ID cards nor name badges the way we do, and a lot of people were illiterate anyway. It was a public identifier, a source of pride, and culturally fitting.

    I wear brightly colored scrubs. I wore a lot of white uniforms in the 80's. Got really good at using bleach!


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    Last edit by JBudd on Oct 2, '07 : Reason: misspelled illiterate, lol
  13. by   Chocirish
    I graduated from nsg school in 1977. We had a capping ceremony; each received a nurses' lamp, a corsage--the ceremony was very moving and it was such a big deal. But, you didn't get capped unless you had a certain GPA etc. After the next yr we got a stripe and then at commencement, a wider stripe. I think the capping ceremony meant more to us than graduation. This was back in the days when you got demerits in school if your shoe laces weren't white enough!!

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