To McLennan - I agree 110% with your first paragraph. But... caps were individualized as they were intended to proudly represent each individual school's graduates. Every cap is different and that contributes to the rich diversity of nursing. We all went to different schools
and thus we should all have different caps, be they big or little, fluffy or rigid, plain or fancy, with or without stripes (black, green, red or whatever) etc. Even the military had its own caps.
Wearing a generic cap as you describe would be just so disappointing to me. You make them sound like the visors that fast-food employees at McD or BK wear. Back in the days of traditional whites/caps, different caps were a source of interest among us staff and pts, esp a very unusual out-of-towner's cap. I want choice - give me my school's individual cap. A generic cap could
be a choice for those who so wish.
Problem with a return to caps is that an upgrading of work attire might be needed by some who might protest.
And I think that infection control issue was the other way around - caps were meant to protect the NURSES
from yucky pts and unsanitary environments. That's also why nurses used to wear the aprons. Caps did yellow and they could be difficult to clean, esp the fluffy, pleated ones. But somehow, those nurses knew how to do it (I read some history where some schools actually had professional laundries do their caps!)
Viva la cap!