Forced wearing of nursing cap. - page 2

by onetiredstudent 22,605 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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    or, to the OP, go to ceremony, without a hat, and tell them, you are now a transvestite, and so you won't be wearing the cap today. bah ha ha!!
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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?

    Of course not.

    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?
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    I think it is discriminatory... the male students are allowed to participate and are not required to wear the cap. The female students who do not wish to wear the cap are being told they must wear the cap or they cannot participate...I'm with the OP on this one...
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    If it's such a big issue for you, just don't go to the ceremony. Everyone wins.
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    I'd show up without the cap. Unless they plan to make the men wear the cap, it is discrimination.
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    I'm glad my school did away with them. I saw some of the photos from prior classes and the caps they had looked goofy, almost cartoonish. I don't believe that anyone should have been made to wear one.
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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?
    If this is the hill you wish to die on, go ahead. I think you got a lot of good advice from previous posters. Would you still think the ceremony was discriminatory if the vote had swung your way?
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    My class did black dresses/pants suits for women and I think black pants and button up shirt for men. Classy. I did get a pinning picture and I love it. We have a big picture with the whole class and small pictures of individuals around it. They do it every year.

    I think you are making a mountain out of a mole hill, by the way.
    Last edit by wish_me_luck on Dec 12, '12
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    Traditions are a way to tie the past to the present. In the field of nursing, the pinning ceremony and caps are an acknowledgement of the generations who founded and grew the profession. If I were female, I would go along with the desire of the majority. It's a small thing, it does no harm, and it's a bit of a salute to those who created the job you're embarking on.
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    I think it's kind of sad that so many people are willing to ditch tradition. I agree that it's a way to tie the past with the future and I don't see it as a sexist issue at all. My grandmother was a WWII nurse and I love my picture of her in her nurse whites with hat on. I was proud and honored to wear my hat and my white dress and hose for one day to celebrate my own accomplishment and as a tribute to my grandmother and all past nurses' achievements. I am glad I don't have to wear the hat to work, but it is special to me. Kind of a silly issue to get worked up over in my opinion. Congratulations on graduating - I bet there were at least a couple of folks that didn't pass who would be glad to wear any hat for a day in exchange for becoming a nurse. Just as a side note: on random occasions when I wear all white scrubs to work I get a surprising amount of respect from both doctors and patients.
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