No, Caps Are Not Totally Gone

  1. 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 hospital in Ogden, though, so what makes her stand out from the rest?

    Well, for one thing, she still proudly wears the distinctive nurse's hat. She thinks she's probably the only nurse in the area to do so.

    "My mother placed my first hat on my head in an unforgettable capping ceremony before I graduated from nursing school," she said.

    "It's a symbol of the profession, whether it be a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse."

    MacPherson, 63, a licensed practical nurse and clinical lead for Northern Utah Surgeons at McKay-Dee, said anyone can tell what she does for a living just by looking.

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  3. by   asoonernurse
    "She thinks she's probably the only nurse in the area to do so."

    Maybe the country!
  4. by   Ace587RN
    Quote from Carolina Nights
    "She thinks she's probably the only nurse in the area to do so."

    Maybe the country!
    funny my sister who's graduating next month with her BSN actually found my moms cap from the 70s (who's a nurse too). She tried it on and just looked like my mom at her age. mom laughed because she totally saw herself in my sister all over again
  5. by   ohcomeon
    What a nice story! Thanks for sharing.
  6. by   ksrose1
    I am 54 days away from completing my RN program...when I finished my LPN program many moons ago we did not have a capping only a pinning...this time I will have a capping ceramony and I just got my cap....I know I will never wear it again, but I like that we will at least get the chance to be capped.
  7. by   kcochrane
    Nice article..thanks.

    We still have a few in this area that wear their caps. When I was in LPN school about 6 years ago, we had a capping ceremony before med/surg started. We were than required to wear it to clinicals - unless it was an isolation room. It was weird at first, but then I liked it.

    When I graduated I bought a new one to wear at graduation. A few months later my Grandmother died. She was a RN and her cap was very old. We took my graduation cap, put her blue stripe on it and she was buried with it.

    I understand the cap is not practical these days, but I do miss the caps. I am old enough to remember when everyone wore one.
  8. by   Junebugfairy
    what a lovely story.
  9. by   SaraO'Hara
    I wear a cap and dress if I have to work on Sunday (no particular reason, just Sunday).
  10. by   Fiona59
    Wore mine to my graduation ten years ago.

    My hospital has four nurses that wear full whites on a daily basis. Most of us just do it during Nurses Week.
  11. by   imenid37
    To quote her,
    "I believe if a nurse goes home at the end of the day not learning anything new, he or she should probably not come back."
    That is exactly how I feel too! Knowing there is always something new keeps you interested. Good for her.
  12. by   DoGoodThenGo
    Not for nothing but, felt that was one of the most spot on and informative nursing related articles put up in quite some time. We need more of them I say!
  13. by   CaLLaCoDe
    I agree with her statement regarding the general public--not being able to tell everyone apart, quite confusing for the patient and family. Often the patient will assume that the "nurse" is the aide if not informed verbally. How about we hang around our necks gaudy fat chains with our said school dangling from them. We could introduce ourselves by stating: "Whatsup homey?! I'll be your nurse, for real. You in pain? Want some drugs, Fool?"
  14. by   SuesquatchRN
    I didn't get a cap or a stripe. And I want one.