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 this is not my first career.
The director of the nursing program gave the class the "option to vote" on the wearing of a nurses cap for the pinning ceremony and our class photo. The majority of the class voted to wear the cap, men excluded from wear.
I do not wish to wear the cap and have been told by program director that "the class voted to wear it and you have to or you will not be able to participate". I understand the cap is traditional
, but I feel it calls specific attention to my gender
and not my success
in passing nursing school. I've worked very hard to get where I'm at and I wish to celebrate my success with a pinning ceremony.
I truly feel that being "forced" to wear the cap is discriminatory based on my gender alone. Period. The guys are not made to wear them because they are considered "feminine or female dress", and I don't wish to be "forced" to dress as such either (we are all wearing pant-scrubs by unanimous vote).
I respect the choice of anyone else that wishes to wear the nursing cap. I don't and won't presume to force my opinion on them.
Has anyone else had this experience?
Does anyone know of any precedence against forced wearing of nursing caps to participate in school activities, etc? Any input on how else to proceed in approaching my school administration would be appreciated.
I welcome the input from both genders, seasoned and new nurses, students and educators, and anyone else on here that wants to chime in.
I ask only, that you be nice to me and each other. This is very serious for me.
To the OP, i hear you. If you want to go, and don't want to wear a cap, what happens? You won't be allowed in, or what happens? If you have the option, to go, and celebrate this great moment, but don't want to wear a cap, do that.
I also see the cap as an outdated, and yes, most definitely it's a sexist bit of clothing, indicating subservience/maid/nun kinda thing, that female nurses are somehow different from their male colleagues?
I had to wear one 35 years ago, but, everyone did back then. We had to wear them to work, too! can you imagine?
shiver! What a pain to keep something you wear daily on your head, and then, take on and off, brilliant white. What a pain to keep them centered on your head. HOw messy it looked for many types of hair, having the strays all outlined against the bright white cap.
and don't get me started on how often putting our stethys on and off our neck, always banged that cap, making it sit sideways on your head, like some kind of clown,
every time we put our stethys on or off. Most of the time, you didn't even realize your hat was askew like a clown would wear it, til you passed some mirror.
pia bit of headwear, from someone who used to wear a cap. YAY they are gone!! and yes, IT IS SEXIST, and discriminitory, to force some graduates to wear a hat, but the graduates with penises don't have to wear the hat. Makes no logical sense at all.
now, we've come a "small" way, ha ha, and nurses today, don't have to wear that ridiculous cap anymore. I say, go to your ceremony, and skip the hat. Whyever not? If they give you grief, announce you are secretly a male. bah haha! Tell them your scalp is sore that day, that you've had an adverse reaction to some shampoo or hair color or something, due to the soreness of your scalp, you can't tolerate any hairpins squeezing the cap to your head that day, sorry. Whatever.
Sure they voted, but, you don't have to wear something ridiculous from an era gone by, just cuz your classmates think discriminating is great idea.
good luck, and congrats!!
Last edit by somenurse on Dec 12, '12