Love mine! Miss wearing them... but won't again! Except maybe for nurses' week, if the time and place is "right". I actually have 4- 2 "school" caps (neat design but look bad on me) and 2 generic "conventional" caps. So one for each day and I washed weekly, no infection control issue. (of course, I've seen some cruddy caps that never left the hospital!) I don't have any feminist issues with them... a lot of historical evidence shows they didn't represent servitude, etc. (I won't bore anyone with my "dissertation" on that
) but in defense of our great men in nursing I do admit it's time to let go of them as a requirement or a symbol of nursing. A symbol of an individual nurse? Sure. OK for a nurse to choose to wear hers? Fine by me. She earned it! But no-one should be expected to anymore. I do think everyone should be offered one as a keepsake- take it, leave it, or burn it if you must.
And yes, your school is not alone in the US- but definitely in the minority.