Hospital goes back to white dresses/caps - page 10
At JFK Medical Center, health care reform is already under way, in the shape of a traditional white nurse's cap. The nurses in the Atlantis hospital's cardiovascular step-down unit have temporarily... Read More
1Sep 30, '10 by Latterlife MidwifeQuote from catherineanope, catherine. your statements don't hold water, imo. wearing a cap isn't feminine - old man bus drivers, police officers, etc wear caps...i don't know why, but they do. if there is no good reason to wear one, why have it? nurses don't need to wear caps as part of 'professional attire' - whether male or female. it simply isn't needed to do the job well, and never was. we have come to recognise this as the profession matures. i'm sure you wouldn't be stopped from wearing one if it added to your sense of self-worth as a nurse, but as for me, i don't need it to do that. maybe you enjoy wearing a hat on sundays? fine, wear hats or caps to your heart's content. just don't try to make me wear one to do my job in nursing or midwifery. it's looks silly, demeaning, and has no function - therefore, not needed for me to do my best. maybe i'd enjoy wearing a cute hat as part of my sunday best, or to a costume ball, but not to work.there is an answer to every objection voiced here.
despite the insistence of some, this really is not about male dominance. the women's movement unfortunately convinced many women that looking feminine, especially in a traditionally female profession, was an act of gender treason and subservience. that simply is not true; in fact, women usually get treated less professionally as they give up professional attire.
additionally, a lot of these objections reflect a lack of personal experience with the reality of wearing whites and caps, as well as dressing professionally. we have become a nation of slobs, who justify sloppiness with the excuse that it's too difficult to do any better. it really isn't; it just seems like it to those who didn't grow up that way. if you haven't tried dressing professionally for work you might be pleasantly surprised at how much more professionally you are treated and how much more confidence you will feel if you do.
secondly, you make some very pejorative assumptions about 'lack of experience' in wearing whites, and dressing professionally, and talking of nurses looking like slobs. i see you're not in nursing anymore...perhaps that causes you to have some rose-coloured memories? i became a nurse nearly 40 years ago and wore freshly ironed whites, caps, and white hose with clunky white shoes...until i saw the light. i love being comfortable in my uniforms now, and no worries about catching caps on tubings, bending over and revealing something, and having corns and painful feet after 12 hours. new technology takes care of my feet and legs (you probably wouldn't like my work shoes, either!), and though i love my scrubs, i have no objections to white uniforms of my choosing.