Forced wearing of nursing cap. - page 10

by onetiredstudent

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I'm a senior registered nursing student and our school has a pinning ceremony to mark the completion of our program. Our class contains about 20% men, equal split of black and white in both genders. I am approaching 50 and... Read More


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    Quote from echoRNC711
    Before we get too carried away with tradition ...a reminder that the caps were worn originally to keep the nurses lice from dropping on the patients!!
    How dare women not have lice at the pinning ceremony!!! All the women must have lice. Or scabies. At minimum, a good case of ringworm...
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    Quote from onetiredstudent
    From another perspective: should a school that receives money from the federal government in the forms of financial aid be permitted to discriminate against a student based on sex?
    I'm sorry, but wearing a cap for a ceremony is NOT discrimination when taken in the light of federal funding. Why are you trying to turn it into that??

    If they said "men wears suits, women wear bikinis"...yes that is discrimination. I know the example seems silly, but not more silly than that saying being "forced" to wear a cap is discrimination.

    Sorry, to get worked up about you comment, but this sort of "victim" talk is really going to far!
    Last edit by psu_213 on Dec 13, '12
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    I DEMAND nurses wear caps! And judges powdered wigs. And all doctors need to wear those white tunics with the funny collars. And those headbands with the little mirror thingies. And farmers really should only wear overalls. Basicly, everyone should look like they just stepped out of some five year old's book about "what I want to be when I grow up". It's TRADITION!!!
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    Honestly, who cares?? It is not discrimination, and it is two hours of your life. Nobody is saying you can't become a nurse if you refuse to go along with a tradition that you think is stupid. It is important to the majority of your classmates, so get over it. Really. There are so many more important things in life and nursing than whether or not the cap is stupid. Wear it or don't, and move on.

    It is shameful how quick some people are to play the victim card when they disagree with something these days.
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    Quote from Kooky Korky
    OP, contact someone at EEOC or some other federal agency or your Senators' offices for direction and guidance. Someone federal should teach your school about the LAW. Civil rights or something like that. Go for it, OP. you might never have to work again if you can sue the school for violating your civil rights.
    I would think about my future in this profession (and how future employers look upon such an action) before I went to such an extreme over such a trivial issue.
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    My attitude is also "who cares?". As in "who cares if she comes to graduation without a cap on?" If her classmates get all spazed out about her not wearing a cap it's on *them*. What, is one female student showing up uncapped going to ruin their special "look at me, I'm a princess" day? Graduating from nursing school is it's own honor. One (or more) student refusing to wear a silly cap isn't going to ruin anything.
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    Quote from BrandonLPN
    My attitude is also "who cares?". As in "who cares if she comes to graduation without a cap on?" If her classmates get all spazed out about her not wearing a cap it's on *them*. What, is one female student showing up uncapped going to ruin their special "look at me, I'm a princess" day? Graduating from nursing school is it's own honor. One (or more) student refusing to wear a silly cap isn't going to ruin anything.
    I agree with you. I don't think it should matter either way. But I wouldn't be feeling victimized if I lost a majority vote. It would be dumb and I wouldn't want to wear one, but I'm not going to miss my pinning over a little white hat. Even for principle. It isn't an important issue to be riled up over either way. Woosah is the name of the game.
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    Quote from FDW630
    I agree with you. I don't think it should matter either way. But I wouldn't be feeling victimized if I lost a majority vote. It would be dumb and I wouldn't want to wear one, but I'm not going to miss my pinning over a little white hat. Even for principle. It isn't an important issue to be riled up over either way. Woosah is the name of the game.
    I'll agree with this to some extent. It occurs to me that if the OP is the type of person who would make a stand over her principles regarding the hat, then she's also probably not the type of person who places a lot of sentimentality in some pinning ceremony. Why not just skip the ceremony all together? It just doesn't seem like a battle worth fighting, even though I think she's in the right.
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    Sometimes is about wearing the cap......sometimes it's making you take the flu vaccine. There will be things in nursing that you won't want to do but you must because "they" said so....np perfume, no ink, no rings, no fake nails.....the list goes on. In nursing you will be asked to conform.

    Personally....I was very proud of my cap. It DROVE me crazy and I took every opportunity to take it off.....but I was very proud of it.
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    Quote from BrandonLPN
    My attitude is also "who cares?". As in "who cares if she comes to graduation without a cap on?" If her classmates get all spazed out about her not wearing a cap it's on *them*. What, is one female student showing up uncapped going to ruin their special "look at me, I'm a princess" day? Graduating from nursing school is it's own honor. One (or more) student refusing to wear a silly cap isn't going to ruin anything.
    I tend to agree with you.

    However, I was leading a class meeting about our pinning ceremony. The topic of how to dress came up. Someone said jeans with a nice shirt (polo, button down, etc.) was appropriate. Someone else said "no, you are ruining the decorum of my (yes, their words) ceremony and ruining my accomplishment by not being dressed your best." The person who wanted to wear jeans was a male and the student who objected to it was a female. A fairly civil debate ensued. The prevailing attitude was that men will look professional in ties and dress pants/a suit (with no jeans), but it would be professional for women to wear jeans with a nice top (dress sweater, jacket, etc). The vote on the pinning ceremony dress code was just that--men in dress pants, women could wear jeans. (Class was majority female.) The college still has financial support from the federal government.


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