nursing caps - page 4

Just interested. Does anyone still wear their caps? I have been an LPN for 20 years. Initially we of course had to wear them, then it was personal choice. Now, obsolete. I still choose to wear mine.... Read More

  1. by   ChainedChaosRN
    I threw my cap under a semi on my last day of clinicals 27 years ago. Dang good place for it.
  2. by   P_RN
    Here ya' go. Kays Caps also has templates from a LOT of nursing schools that you can inquire about.

    http://www.kayscaps.com/index.htm

    http://www.traveltrunk.com/store/hatsandcaps2.htm

    http://www.civilisations.ca/hist/infirm/inint01e.html


    Mine was last seen in 1982.
  3. by   chrisrob
    we dont wear caps in the ik anymore unless its a really posh hospital because some nurses researched it and it did go back to be maids/servants inthe days of our flo (nightingale) it was to do with going into service and as nurses dont see themselves as hand maidens to doctors anymore we got rid of them using the excuse of infection control.
  4. by   KaroSnowQueen
    I went to see my son in law in the hospital last night and saw a nurse with a cap on. Haven't seen a nurse with a cap on in years!!!!
    I could tell she was an LPN from a fairly local school by the cap and it's colors. Just amazed that people still wear them!!!! I had to wear mine to my first job 19 years ago, but haven't since. Don't think I even still have one.
    They were a symbol of instant identification, but a pain in the butt to put on, keep on and keep clean. I'm glad mine's gone!!!
  5. by   webbiedebbie
    In nursing school, we were required to get a cap. Only wore it for one day (graduation). I have saved it though. It is in a plastic tote which I keep on my desk as a souvenier. I think caps are impractable for nursing now. But in one long term care center where I worked, they were required. (Logic being that the older residents felt more comfortable with a nurse with a cap on...from their earlier days). I didn't argue. I wore my cap out of respect for them.
  6. by   leeca
    What some nurse still wear caps? l think the white uniform is gross.

    l wear either navy pants or skirt, with either a pale blue or white shirt.

    Looks very smart.
  7. by   MrsK1223
    I've never wore a cap but here's is another view on the cap thing.....weren't caps wore for the most part during a time when we nurses were considered handmaidens and had to stand when a doctor entered a room and call him sir. It seems to me that maids and waitresses and other female service oriented jobs also wore some sort of head dress. I can't at this time think of any profession especially with a lot of men, that wear any type of hat....unless you count Burger King, and thats not a profession. I think nursing caps are great for nostalgia purposes but lets pull nursing to a professional level without making us one of man's best fantasies with the cap. OH and their not practical and have no purpose...just one more thing to have to get up and put on in the morning and fight to keep on the rest of the day....we have more than enough important things to do. I suggest wearing your RN or LPN status in large letters on your body somewhere.

    If I had to always wear white...I'd not work where it's required.
    Last edit by MrsK1223 on Mar 21, '03
  8. by   PowerPuffGirl
    How about the military, or airline pilots?
  9. by   RNinICU
    Originally posted by maia1212
    I've never wore a cap but here's is another view on the cap thing.....weren't caps wore for the most part during a time when we nurses were considered handmaidens and had to stand when a doctor entered a room and call him sir. It seems to me that maids and waitresses and other female service oriented jobs also wore some sort of head dress. I can't at this time think of any profession especially with a lot of men, that wear any type of hat....unless you count Burger King, and thats not a profession. I think nursing caps are great for nostalgia purposes but lets pull nursing to a professional level without making us one of man's best fantasies with the cap. OH and their not practical and have no purpose...just one more thing to have to get up and put on in the morning and fight to keep on the rest of the day....we have more than enough important things to do. I suggest wearing your RN or LPN status in large letters on your body somewhere.

    If I had to always wear white...I'd not work where it's required.
    My thoughts too.
  10. by   ella1
    I second your thoughts RNinICU. I work in a private hospital and our uniform is very "corporate". We could be bank tellers! We have the choice of navy or olive pants/skirts and matching shirts, as well as a tailored jacket and vest if we want. I think we look very professional. I cant imagine walking around the wards in scrubs - it would feel like I was wearing my pyjamas to work. They are only worn in theatre. And as for wearing a cap... no thank you!!! Oh and there is definately NO white shoes!!!!
  11. by   Stormy62
    I think I am going to wear my cap on Nurses day (or is it Nurses Week?)....I'm doing it out of respect for the profession I entered 15 years ago. Practical? No, not in the unit where I work, but I earned the right to where that cap and from now on for one day a year I think I am going to wear it.
  12. by   ivsandy
    We wore our caps at graduation but it was very unpractical to wear in clinical setting.I do agree tho that alot has been lost thru the years as we give up caps,then whites.

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