Forced wearing of nursing cap. - page 4

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 brillohead
    How about putting forth another vote to the class:

    "Should all females be REQUIRED to wear the cap in order to participate in the pinning ceremony?"

    I imagine that most people were voting for their PERSONAL preference, without realizing that it would be considered mandatory for everyone else as well. If it's a "vote of the majority" that the department is claiming has the power, put together a vote and see how the majority feels about it.


    stands up and applauds.

    THIS is very brilliant idea. Hope the OP sees Brillohead's remark here.
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    Quote from AZO49008
    Nobody wears them EVER in practice.
    Au contraire. I've actually seen two nurses who wear them...

    Granted, hardly ever... but the absolute is incorrect.

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    OP, the class voted on what they want for the pinning. At this point, you've one of three choices:

    1) Lighten up and go along with the group

    2) Forego the pinning

    3) Ignore the 'requirement' and simply show up and let the chips fall where they may.
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    Perhaps there's a male student that's enough of a troublemaker that he'd be willing to wear OP's hat for her? That'd show them!
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    Just curious, and I know this has no bearing on anything here...


    Are the men explicitly forbidden from wearing them? Because I would probably wear one just to be funny and cute. But that's the kind of silly guy I am. However, what if some find that insulting that a man would want to wear it?

    Oh such a can of worms this could turn into for but an hour of one's life!
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    Oh for goodness sake.

    We happen to live in a democracy, if a vote was held and a majority of the class wishes to wear a cap at graduation in theory that is that. It is not being "forced" by the school but they are following the will of the larger body of graduating students who expressed their views.

    The OP has several options open to her:

    1. Refuse to wear the cap *and* take her place at the ceremony, basically threatening the powers that be to take action.

    2. Do not attend the ceremony on principle or whatever reason she chooses.

    3. Suck it up and wear the darn thing, it will only be less than two hours out of nursing career that will span decades (hopefully), and then she can do what countless other grads have; take the cap off and chuck it into a closet/drawer never to see the light of day again.

    One assumes this matter was discussed at length before the vote was taken and therefore the OP was given ample time along with others to express her views and or objections. If the majority won the day you can be sure they aren't going to look too fondly upon a *rebel* looking to spoil their special day.
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    Quote from mofomeat
    Just curious, and I know this has no bearing on anything here...


    Are the men explicitly forbidden from wearing them? Because I would probably wear one just to be funny and cute. But that's the kind of silly guy I am. However, what if some find that insulting that a man would want to wear it?

    Oh such a can of worms this could turn into for but an hour of one's life!
    Since nurse's caps fall under female attire much would depend upon the facilities dress code policy regarding transvestitism. If you wear just the cap administration may ask you to take it off, then again if you plan on wearing *starched whites* including skirts and hose then things may get a bit tricky.
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    I'm not reading all the responses.

    My grad class (1992) had the option to wear them or not based on individual preference. No "vote" BS. I think one person wore it.

    I had hoped they were a relic by now. Apparently they keep rearing their ugly heads (no pun intended).
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    Quote from wooh
    Her way wasn't discriminatory. It's not like there's an anatomical reason men can't wear hats. Either make EVERYONE wear the hats or don't require it.
    Male nurses do not wear caps because they are part of female uniform. It wouldn't occur to most normal hetrosexual male nurses to wear a cap no more than they would skirts, nylons and high heels.
    Last edit by DoGoodThenGo on Dec 12, '12 : Reason: content
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    I suspect if you just show up wihout the cap they will just say "go ahead."

    I am from over sees so didn't realize the pinning ceremony was going to be a big deal. I figured if I have a gown on who would notice what I was wearing so I wore my jeans a t-shirt and white sneekers. Wow! was I shocked when I got there and seen how dressed up everyone was. They took one look at me,laughed and said "man those white sneekers look a riot under the gown ".

    At the pinning I got a special mention because of it and I think its my fondest memory of nursing school because I was just being true to myself.
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    Quote from GrnTea
    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?

    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?
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