Forced wearing of nursing cap. - page 22

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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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    From 1920-1935 my grandma was a nurse. In those days, many nurses wore a cloak, which was part of their uniform issue (outside the hospital). Her uniform also consisted of an apron to be worn over the dress. In those days, nurses were educated by the hospital and many of them lived and worked on the campus. We don't do that anymore either. Traditions evolve, just like everything else.
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    All if the comments about traditions and how they beef to be changed. To be honest graduation are traditional! Wearing Academic Gowns ave caps etc.... Think how long that has been going on, but no one gripes about having to west that ridiculous and hot regalia for 2pr 3 hours, because its what most colleges and universities, even online ones, do to honor their graduates in general.

    Some schools have graduation ceremonies where graduates just wear business attire or business casual attire, no gowns, no hoods, no caps. I like that better, personally.

    However I will rock my cap and gown with pride at the cummlative graduation at my school. I only have riveter it for a short time. I am not complaining, at least it means I'm done.

    Traditions are our connection to history and the past, thus why they are traditions. If we don't like certain traditions we live in this magical place called the USA that allows us to decide if we want to do certain. Things or not, despite the repercussions.
    Last edit by PatMac10,RN on Jan 3, '13
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    Cried over wear a dress???
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    Quote from nurseywifeymommy1
    Cried over wear a dress???
    Yep. Bawled like a four year old, and thanks to the relative anonymity of the internet, I can admit this freely. I didn't advertise my issues with dresses to my classmates, nor did I attempt to change the policy; I simply wanted to not attend the graduation ceremony. But because doing so would delay the start of my career, I elected to suck it up and go.

    Meh, having to do crap you don't enjoy is part of life, and I made it through. But I absolutely support the right of others to object to something they find demeaning, humiliating, etc, especially when it is regard to something that is supposed to celebrate personal achievement.
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    Quote from joanna73
    From 1920-1935 my grandma was a nurse. In those days, many nurses wore a cloak, which was part of their uniform issue (outside the hospital). Her uniform also consisted of an apron to be worn over the dress. In those days, nurses were educated by the hospital and many of them lived and worked on the campus. We don't do that anymore either. Traditions evolve, just like everything else.
    I think a cloak would look hilarious for graduation. Women wear caps and males wear cloaks! But I would have mine with eh super man S logo on it. Welcome to the costume party.
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    They were not cloaks, they were wool capes that came down to your fingertips.( when I think of cloaks I think of druids chanting..or a group of witches dancing around a fire....no disrespect to my pagan friends...who DO wear cloaks). You wore it to and from the hospital to the dorm or your home. If you were a traveling nurse or worked with a doctor who made house calls (yes,nurses did that back in the day), you wore it when you visited the home. I remember as a little girl seeing a nurse in a poster add calling for nurses to serve during World War II. I thought she was beautiful....like a hero ready to fly into action. Sadly, my cape is long gone. My children and grandchildren used to play with it pretty rough..and the clasp broke...and then it started to look pretty ratty and I couldn't have worn it again even if I wanted to. In my day, your uniform had to look crisp and clean. My cap, on the other hand, is a different story. I worked hard for my cap and I still wear my cap whenever I work. To me, its a symbol of my accomplishment. Young people may think its sexist or out dated or impractical....that's fine...it may mean that to you...but it doesn't mean that to me. As long as I'm a practicing nurse I shall continue to wear my cap with the same pride as the day I earned it.
    Last edit by HazelLPN on Feb 27, '13 : Reason: typos
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    Quote from HazelLPN
    They were not cloaks, they were wool capes that came down to your fingertips.( when I think of cloaks I think of druids chanting..or a group of witches dancing around a fire....no disrespect to my pagen friends...who DO wear cloaks). You wore it to and from the hospital to the dorm or your home. If you were a traveling nurse or worked with a doctor who made house calls (yes,nurses did that back in the day), you wore it when you visited the home. I remember as a little girl seeing a nurse in a poster add calling for nurses to serve during World War II. I thought she was beautiful....like a hero ready to fly into action. Sadly, my cape is long gone. My children and grandchildren used to play with it pretty rough..and the clasp broke...and then the it started to look pretty ratty and I couldn't have worn it even if I wanted to! In my day, your uniform had to look crisp and clean. My cap, on the other hand, is a different story. I worked hard for my cap and I still wear my cap whenever I work. To me, its a symbol of my accomplishment. Young people may think its sexist or out dated or impractical....that's fine...it may mean that to you...but it doesn't mean that to me. As long as I'm a practicing nurse I shall continue to wear my cap with the same pride as the day I earned it.
    Go ahead! HazelLPN!
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    Quote from HazelLPN
    They were not cloaks, they were wool capes that came down to your fingertips.( when I think of cloaks I think of druids chanting..or a group of witches dancing around a fire....no disrespect to my pagan friends...who DO wear cloaks). You wore it to and from the hospital to the dorm or your home. If you were a traveling nurse or worked with a doctor who made house calls (yes,nurses did that back in the day), you wore it when you visited the home. I remember as a little girl seeing a nurse in a poster add calling for nurses to serve during World War II. I thought she was beautiful....like a hero ready to fly into action. Sadly, my cape is long gone. My children and grandchildren used to play with it pretty rough..and the clasp broke...and then it started to look pretty ratty and I couldn't have worn it again even if I wanted to. In my day, your uniform had to look crisp and clean. My cap, on the other hand, is a different story. I worked hard for my cap and I still wear my cap whenever I work. To me, its a symbol of my accomplishment. Young people may think its sexist or out dated or impractical....that's fine...it may mean that to you...but it doesn't mean that to me. As long as I'm a practicing nurse I shall continue to wear my cap with the same pride as the day I earned it.
    You go!!
    I only have a cap from when I graduated 3 years ago
    It sits proudly with my lamp on my bookshelf.
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    My cap is on my dresser, yellow-brown and dusty. I actually liked wearing it, but my first job was in a PACU and nobody wore them there even eleventysebben years ago, and my second job was in an ICU and nobody wore them there either, and by the time I left there nobody wore them anywhere else I went.

    I used to wear mine to work on Halloween (I came as a nurse). One year I heard this booming voice call down the hallway after me, "Hey, (name of my college on the other side of the country)!!" I whirled around, wondering who the heck would know my (fairly distinctive) cap way out here. Turned out that one of the Fellows and his buddy the attending had done their med school and early residency in one of the university teaching hospitals back there and knew it well.
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    I was angry about NOT wearing a cap to my graduation. I didn't just graduate from some stupid underwater basket weaving school, I graduated from Grid-Iron NURSING School and I wanted to have it known!
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