Enjoy this Medcape Nurses 2013 Nurse Week Special
Celebrating Nurses: What Happened to the Cap?
Part 1: Dignity and Dedication
The 'captivating' early history of the nurse's cap is illustrated in this slideshow which includes photos of Medscape readers proudly wearing their caps!
Part 2: Losing the Tradition
Was it feminism and the equal rights amendment? Fear of fomites and hair loss? Or plain old practicality? Some were beginning to resent the cap.
Part 3: A Profession Moves On
As the cap fell out of favor, a few stalwart nurses continued to wear it, and when that was no longer possible, to display it proudly for the next generation to see.
The Dawn of the Cap
Gone but not forgotten. Take a walk down memory lane with this photo-filled history of the nurse's cap.
The Demise of the Nurse's Cap
This final chapter in the proud and respected history of the nurse's cap incorporates comments about caps from Medscape readers.
still providing nurses caps to those interested.
Allnurses members are welcomed to post pictures of their caps in this thread.
May 8, '13
well some us collect vintage nursing caps, i have some going back to 1890s
Last edit by sallyrnrrt on May 8, '13
: Reason: spelling
May 8, '13
I think they're cool.
I do remember one particular nurse that looked stupid in hers.
She was shaped like a ball with an itty bitty head and wore a tiny little pointy cap.
She looked like one of those inflatable punching clowns that kids used to punch and blooooop
it would rise back up again.
I. Did. Not. Like. Her.
One of my favorite nurses looked like she stepped out of a 1950's time-warp.
Perfectly set hair, red lipstick, sharp white uniforms and a cap.
Mine is in my curio cabinet and I was so happy I got to wear it on my graduation day... because that was my only chance
Last edit by Hygiene Queen on May 10, '13