No, Caps Are Not Totally Gone - page 5

Nurse proudly wears the cap that defines her profession If you've visited McKay-Dee Hospital, there's good chance you've seen nurse Linda MacPherson. There are a lot of nurses at the... Read More

  1. Visit  hearts895, RN BSN profile page
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    I'm sad my school doesn't have a capping ceremony - just pinning in regular business dress clothes I see all the neat old class graduation portraits of nurses in their dress whites and caps and I think it would be awesome if my school had a capping & pinning ceremony and we all got a cap. I know of some schools that have beautiful capping ceremonies - with a pledge, candles, and caps. Something like that would be a special thing for my family to see.
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  3. Visit  hearts895, RN BSN profile page
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    Quote from NancyPie
    My nursing program, we wear full whites to clinicals. It bothers a lot of people, but I don't see why. I like them. There are a couple nurses at the hospitals where we do clinicals that wear full white as well. I LOVE it! I've never seen a nurse wearing a cap, but we are going to be wearing them at our pinning ceremony. I found it interesting that in photos at our school of pinning ceremonies in years past, a majority of the students are wearing dresses, but I've never seen one wearing one in the hospital. I'm curious to know how uncommon it is for nurses now days to wear skirts. I've seen a few in doctor's offices, but only once ever in a hospital.
    I'm like you I wish we wore whites for our program too, and I think caps, at least for the ceremony, are nice.
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  4. Visit  Tweety profile page
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    The last nurse to wear a cap took it off about 8 years ago and I haven't seen a cap since.

    They do define the profession, but they are ugly. LOL
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  5. Visit  ksrose1 profile page
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    Back when I first became an LPN I used to wear dresses....the Scrub dresses and Skirts...now that I'm working in a hosptial that is busy and always full.....I just don't see dresses as practical. I sometimes miss my dresses (down to mid calf) and I almost bought a dress for my capping and pinning....but don't think I have the legs for it anymore.
  6. Visit  elkpark profile page
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    Quote from DoGoodThenGo
    Just so people know, in the heyday of caps, before the things started to go the way of the Dodo, *any* female staff in nursing or medical related profession wore them, or could have. Up to and including:Candy StripersDental "Nurses"Vetinerary "Nurses"And anything else that creepth and crawleth upon this earth that was female and "nursing related".What evolved was a vast and dizzingly system of stripes, colours and such that one could never expect a patient to unravel.
    When was this "heyday" you're talking about, and do you have any documentation of this? I was around in the "old days" and never saw anyone other than licensed nurses wearing caps -- the official cap of their school. I was a candystriper, and none of us in my hospital wore caps. I've never seen a dental hygienist or veterinary tech wearing a cap, either.
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  7. Visit  caliotter3 profile page
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    When I was a candystriper we had caps made of the same striped material as our pinafores. If I remember right we had a little ceremony just like nursing school. There was some kind of awards ceremony with an article in the local newspaper. I think the candystripers in the picture were wearing their caps.
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  8. Visit  SuesquatchRN profile page
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    I still wear skirts and dresses but only when it's warm enough that I don't need hose. They're long enough that it isn't an issue and they command instant respect. It's a funny thing but when anyone sees me in a white skirt their posture improves.
  9. Visit  caliotter3 profile page
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    My first DON wore white dresses, hose, real nurses shoes, and cap. She was one of the first and last nurses to wear a cap that I noticed this go around at nursing. I used to think she looked quite awesome. Then about ten years later, a new grad RN started working at the LTC facility I was at. She sometimes wore a white dress uniform. Somehow it didn't quite fit her figure very well, but it was kind of neat to see her in it. Her husband got her one of those gold plated stethoscopes for graduation and everybody kept wondering out loud when it was going to disappear!
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  10. Visit  elkpark profile page
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    Quote from caliotter3
    When I was a candystriper we had caps made of the same striped material as our pinafores. If I remember right we had a little ceremony just like nursing school. There was some kind of awards ceremony with an article in the local newspaper. I think the candystripers in the picture were wearing their caps.
    I doubt anyone would mistake a red and white striped cap that matched the pinafore for a nurse's cap, esp. on a teenager.
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  11. Visit  caliotter3 profile page
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    Looking back on it, I think our uniforms were cute. But it seems at the time I thought they were dorky.
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  12. Visit  DoGoodThenGo profile page
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    Quote from elkpark
    When was this "heyday" you're talking about, and do you have any documentation of this? I was around in the "old days" and never saw anyone other than licensed nurses wearing caps -- the official cap of their school. I was a candystriper, and none of us in my hospital wore caps. I've never seen a dental hygienist or veterinary tech wearing a cap, either.
    Psssst!

    Pipe:
    http://www.201.net/issues/2010/01/fe...istory&sort=-1
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  13. Visit  DoGoodThenGo profile page
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    Quote from elkpark
    When was this "heyday" you're talking about, and do you have any documentation of this? I was around in the "old days" and never saw anyone other than licensed nurses wearing caps -- the official cap of their school. I was a candystriper, and none of us in my hospital wore caps. I've never seen a dental hygienist or veterinary tech wearing a cap, either.
    A friend who lives up the road from me is a dental hygienist (aka dental nurse in other parts of the world), and she informs me that when she was at school (1980's or 1970's not sure and didn't think to ask), she wore a cap, and there are pictures of dental nurses out there wearing caps.

    Would have to say the "heyday" for caps and all and sundry wearing them was from the 1940's until 1970's or so, and that was the period I was referring to, though obviously nurses wore the things far earlier than that.

    Did all hosptials have caps as part of their candy striper uniform? Probably not, but some did, would try to find more, but one has to "Google" through to many pages of naughty "uniform" adverts.
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  14. Visit  ksrose1 profile page
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    I just wanted to say thank you to everyone.....I've enjoyed thinking about my past as I am looking towards my future.....my spring break is almost done...I have to report to work tomorrow and the weeked. And then to class on Monday morning.....rememebering the past and all I've seen and the people's lives I've touched as well as those who have touched mine was been has brought to light the reason I wanted to be a nurse to begin with.....thank you. Thank you from the bottom of my nursemates to the top of my NURSING CAP!!!
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