Forced wearing of nursing cap. - page 15

by onetiredstudent 22,643 Views | 253 Comments

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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    I honestly wouldn't participate if they made me wear the hat. Having said that, I don't think it is gender bias- as the hat is simply traditional from a time when men simply weren't nurses.
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    How stupid. I wouldn't participate. Oh yeah, I did skip my nsg school graduation 20 years ago cause I thought most of them were jerks!
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    Nurse's cap - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The uninteresting Hx of the cap. It identifies you, assumes your modesty, and keeps your hair in place? *yawn*

    I understand going with the majority of your class- but I cannot understand the instructors taking such a hard stance on it.
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    I voted no because there was a vote for it.
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    I wonder where the OP is and what happened at pinning..
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    Me thinks the horse is quite dead on this one....
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    Quote from DoGoodThenGo
    Court cases have been all over the place when it comes to complying with Title VII, however it can be said absent some pretty strong reasons gender specific dress codes are asking for a court case.

    In the OP's particular instance the school did not make the decision but the students themselves via majority vote. Since the event has not yet occured nor is it entirely clear she would be stopped from attending graduation if she didn't wear the cap, not sure how the OP has been harmed.

    Sex-Stereotyping and Dress Codes Under Title VII: Why Courts Can't Get it Right
    She says she has to wear the cap or not participate in the ceremony. She wants to participate. This is gender discrimination.

    Fight it, OP, fight it. Do NOT stand down, as so many here on the Board suggest. It's little, it's not important, just graduate, just go along to get along, just take the mark of the Beast. I'm telling you, if it matters enough to you, contact your federal senators and House of Reps and learn which fed office handles gender discrimination.
    As another person said earlier, your school likely receives federal monies, therefore, should be subject to all anti-discrimination laws. Never mind that students did the voting - it is the school itself telling you "no cap, no participation".

    And yes, it is a great question - would an Orthodox Jewish married woman who wears a wig in mixed company or a covered Muslim woman have to wear the cap? Oh, this complex world of ours!

    Just don't lay down and die because some school official said you have to do this or not do that. Fight for your rights.
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    Quote from Guttercat

    But this is not sex discrimination. You are not being denied any of the facilities or opportunities of your educational program based on your gender. A photograph doesn't meet that standard. Care to play again?

    Well then by that argument she can show up for the photograph in a cap, and a jockstrap worn on the outside.

    Mandating all females wear a cap or they will be excluded, is sex discrimination.

    Care to play again?
    :: patiently ::: No, sex discrimination is based on gender (including, in my opinion, gender identity), not dress. Match point.
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    I viewed my cap with the same pride any graduate would of their neat little graduation cap and tassel!
    I never viewed it as sexist anymore than I view my brassiere!
    Some things are made for women, some things are made for men.
    This is just my opinion and I am in no way would I attempt to change anyone else's opinion on the matter.
    Funny, but the men in my graduating class actually commented on a wee bit of jealousy that we women wore caps.
    Not that they wanted to strut across the stage in a cap, but that they appreciated the tradition.
    Holding that cap in my hands for the first time was an amazing feeling. I thought it was beautiful!
    It was a symbol for what I had achieved.
    But I was lucky, I wanted to wear that cap and our class voted in favor of the cap.
    Had they not, then I would have dealt.
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    Quote from Jean Marie46514

    It might not be an important issue to you, but, maybe attending the pinning ceremony IS important to the OP, who knows. Attending mine was to me, anyway.
    I transferred into my college from another college program in the fall of my sophomore year, and they had had their capping ceremony at the end of the spring semester. I picked up my hat at the uniform store and suffered no angst over it. My only problem was that I had never, to my knowledge, seen the cap of my new college and didn't know how to put it together. I had no way of knowing that the patch of the college seal on it had been sewn on upside down, so it was a puzzlement until my first clinical day.

    I took my finals a week early because I was moving out of town, but to the best of my knowledge there was no pinning ceremony anyway. I got my pin at the bookstore, and suffered no angst over that either.

    And I bow to no one over my passion and commitment to nursing, both professionally and personally. Symbols are great, but those moments pass.


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