Forced wearing of nursing cap. - page 5

by onetiredstudent | 23,081 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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    Quote from AZO49008
    Oh good grief. This comes up every year. They need to just get rid of the caps, period. News flash: it's almost 2013. Nobody wears them EVER in practice so why some people get so strung out on the whole cap thing I'll never know. I'm a guy though so maybe there's something about it I don't get. That being said, I would chose to not participate.
    Hang on to your cap (or hat) because that blanket statement about nurses (RN and LPN) not wearing caps in practice *EVER* is just not true.

    Maybe not where you work but there are still quite a few nurses who wear caps on duty and not just for Nurse's Week either.

    Kays Caps does a good business and not just for graduations and or Halloween either. Then there is the fact caps can go for *BIG* money on places like eBay. Find it hard to believe someone would pay $$$ for something they were going to chuck into a drawer. Collectors yes, but not many others.
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    Quote from Guttercat

    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?
    Seeing as how the cap is part of a female uniform, it really isn't sexual discrimination. A guy wearing the cap would be about like OP wearing a jock strap. Should they make men wear stockings too? I hate stockings as much as anyone, but making women in a group wear them but not men is not discrimination either.

    OP, if this is the biggest fish you have to fry, you need to try a new pond. It sucks to be on the losing end of a vote, but majority rules. See past the cap and just celebrate your great accomplishment with those who went through it with you! Congrats on the hard work.
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    Quote from FDW630

    OP, if this is the biggest fish you have to fry, you need to try a new pond. It sucks to be on the losing end of a vote, but majority rules. See past the cap and just celebrate your great accomplishment with those who went through it with you! Congrats on the hard work.
    Best statement I have seen yet!
    I understand this isn't something you would personally choose to wear. But these are your classmates that you have spent the last few years working along side. Suffering together, worrying together. They are your team! You're embarking on an occupation that is based on team work. Show yourself to be a team player, put on that hat (with pride of the amazing nurses that have helped pave this way for you) and attend your pinning ceremony. You've worked so hard to earn this moment. Don't let a hat stand in the way of your moment!
    mobynmom, Conqueror+, and BlueDevil,DNP like this.
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    Sounds like a lot of people are saying that anytime there is a separate dress code for men and women it's discrimination. What if some of the women didn't want to wear scrub pants with their cap, or one of the guys wanted to wear a skirt? I know that sounds silly on the surface, but when you associate articles of dress with discrimination of any sort you open that door. It was probably a dumb idea to let the class vote on it because a cap with scrubs is going to look really incongruous, and white scrubs flatter just about nobody.
    Orange Tree, Conqueror+, and nguyency77 like this.
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    Oh, for goodness' sake... Just wear it.
    Last edit by nguyency77 on Dec 12, '12
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    Quote from DoGoodThenGo
    Male nurses do not wear caps because they are part of female uniform. It wouldn't occur to most normal hetrosexual (sic) male nurses to wear a cap no more than they would skirts, nylons and high heels.
    Hey, I resemble that remark. (see avatar)
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    @BlueDevil, DNP: I was really thinking of your avatar when someone said that men don't wear nursing caps!
    sharpeimom likes this.
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    Quote from DoGoodThenGo
    Oh for goodness sake.

    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.
    I do agree that this is discrimination. We had the same thing at our LPN pinning. However, going to the ceremony as a "rebel" will not do anything to advance your career. You will be seen as not a team player and if you ever want your nursing instructors/director to give you a recommendation, I would avoid doing this-it will come back to haunt you. Yes, it is very political and for just one day, you can play their game-or not go at all. Trust me, the minute the ceremony is over, it won't seem like such a big deal. Play the game or don't play the game but don't "burn bridges" that you may need later on. If I had caused a big deal at my LPN graduation, I can guarantee you that I would not have received good recommendations for RN school. Your choice.
    babsy28, psu_213, Orange Tree, and 1 other like this.
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    I think it's foolish to wear the cap without the dress. Haha, but I think nurses should still dress like that! So I may not be a good judge lol!
    Szasz_is_Right likes this.
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    I would not wear it, I would not go. Luckily, we did not have a pinning ceremony. I wore a cap and gown to my graduation, walked across the stage, received my BSN and that was enough. I don't think I would have went to nursing school if there was a posiblilty I would have to wear a hat like that, unless everyone in the hospital had to do it including the doctors, techs, management.

    I wore a hat in the military, but everyone had to wear one, not just the females.
    veggiestunyc likes this.


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