nursing caps - page 7

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   ShariDCST
    Quote from 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!!

    sounds very familiar! we had the requisite uniform inspections on a weekly basis on any day the instructors chose to line us up for the once over! the difference in the capping ceremony from yours, in our class if you went to capping, that meant you had the required gpa and so forth - those who did not were no longer in the class to move on with the rest of us. it was a very significant event in our lives as students - i don't think graduation had the same impact as capping. we got candle lamps and we had to light them after we were capped and walk back down the aisle to our seats from the stage. we had a whole class group picture done - i've still got mine someplace...later on, we got a light blue (i think - it's been a long time) angled stripe across the corner of one side of the cuff of the cap indicating our advancement from "sophomore level" student, (with the probationary period being the "freshman" level) and then one more stripe when we made it to the final quarter of the program, that being the "senior level." at graduation, we were given the indiana color designation of lpns at the time - that being a bright red band to wear all the way across the cuff of the cap. i seem to recall each state had their own color - indiana was red, virginia was navy blue, florida was kelly green, and so on. those are the only states i'm sure of.
    Last edit by ShariDCST on Oct 16, '07 : Reason: Left out details of the message that make it make more sense.
  2. by   sugar plum fairy
    :P i really want to wear a cap at work, seriously!
    but i have a teensy little problem: i don't know how to put it on!
    i bought a school cap for pinning in Dec 10, but i still don't know how to put it on.
    does the edge with the strips go against the hair or up?
    geez :P i haven't asked anyone cuz i think i'd sound stupid :P
  3. by   SICU Queen
    Yep, I had to wear one. I graduated in 1993. I hated every second that I wore that cap. UGH.
  4. by   Fiona59
    The stripes go up at the top. My class had a cap making session. Don't laugh, it was really helpful. Fold the cap into shape on a white towel if possible. Place stripe side down, fold rim with stripes back. Isn't there a how to make folder included in the cap?

    Get some bobby pins and some white paint. Paint half the bobby pins white. Nothing looks worse than the dark hairgrip against the white cap.
  5. by   newohiorn
    I was part of my nursing school's first online RN program. My online class and a traditional class graduated together. Apparently there was a vote whether or not we would wear the hats for our class photo and the vote came out to wear the hats. A photographer took our picture both to send for our license and for the class photo. I was in the first group of people to get our pictures tkaen and I refused to wear the hat and told them to leave me out of the class photo if they wanted to since I wouldn't wear the hat. Bless my online classmates who, without any planning on our part, all refused to wear the hat too and they did include us in the class photo anyway. It's easy for me to find my online classmates in the photo because they are all hat-free!
  6. by   P_RN
    All I can do is smile. There must be almost as many threads on here about caps as all the other topics put together.
  7. by   ShariDCST
    Quote from sugar plum fairy
    :P i really want to wear a cap at work, seriously!
    but i have a teensy little problem: i don't know how to put it on!
    i bought a school cap for pinning in Dec 10, but i still don't know how to put it on.
    does the edge with the strips go against the hair or up?
    geez :P i haven't asked anyone cuz i think i'd sound stupid :P
    There's no such thing as a stupid question - if you don't know, then you don't know, and you won't until you ask!
    If you do a quick web search using "nursing caps" as your search term, you'll come up with TONS of old pictures and current references to show you how caps are worn. The "hollow" part goes down on your head, (like turning a teacup upside down and sticking it on top of your head,) with the stripe UP if your cap has a cuff, or turned up side - unless you have those upside down "cupcake" style caps that are pleated around the outside and have the stripe at the bottom edge - then it goes DOWN against the head. Go to Kayscaps.com and check out their online catalog to see all the different styles they carry as stock. You'll see the ones I mean.
    Good luck with it! Feel free to write back if you want more information.
  8. by   rita359
    Graduated in 1968. Wore a cap for many years. Liked being able to tell where nurses went to school by the caps they wore. Didn't mind wearing them. Don't mind not wearing them. Don't understand why nursing schools would still want you to waste your money on one for a one day exercise. There is really no point in it. Is it an infection control issue? I don't know but we have a lot more virulent bugs around now than we had in 1968 so if it is an infection control issue it is a good thing they are gone.
  9. by   HazelLPN
    Quote from rita359
    Graduated in 1968. Wore a cap for many years. Liked being able to tell where nurses went to school by the caps they wore. Didn't mind wearing them. Don't mind not wearing them. Don't understand why nursing schools would still want you to waste your money on one for a one day exercise. There is really no point in it. Is it an infection control issue? I don't know but we have a lot more virulent bugs around now than we had in 1968 so if it is an infection control issue it is a good thing they are gone.
    To my knolwedge, there has never been a peer reviewed study published on nursing caps spreading infection.
  10. by   DoGoodThenGo
    Just saw a local news program piece on the H1N1 flu here in New York, and they showed a nurse at a flu shot clinic. She had on a floral print top, white pants, and a CAP! Couldn't make out the school, but it did have black bands (two), and *think* could see a banner for "St. Francis" in the background, so guess that was where the clinic was located. The footage was from last year, so.......


    As for caps being a potential source of infection, think most can agree the things were rarely laundered, at least towards the waning days of the "modern nurse". Indeed the latest incarnations of Kay's caps (the perma-starch models), cannot be laundered much less ironed, so one can imagine who dirty caps were. As I've always said, one could walk into any nurse's locker-room and find caps littered all over the place.

    Can understand items that might come into contact with a patient such as a doctor's tie, a lab coat or even long sleeves, but cannot understand how something on top of a nurse's head could lead to infection. Suppose if one stood over a patient and shook one's head, or after touching the cap went to a patient without handwashing or wearing gloves.......
  11. by   Jamesdotter
    Quote from DoGoodThenGo

    Can understand items that might come into contact with a patient such as a doctor's tie, a lab coat or even long sleeves, but cannot understand how something on top of a nurse's head could lead to infection. Suppose if one stood over a patient and shook one's head, or after touching the cap went to a patient without handwashing or wearing gloves.......
    Or if it falls off, which mine did with some regularity (I have fine, thin hair and our caps were the kind that perch on the top of the head, held on with a couple of bobby pins). It never fell into a wound or onto a contaminated surface, but I consider that to be just luck.

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