No, Caps Are Not Totally Gone - page 11

by DoGoodThenGo

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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... Read More


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    Not surprised Kay's does not have the pattern for all nursing schools, after all there were so many LPN and RN programs all across the United States, especially when hospital programs ruled the roost. Probably every hospital in the country had a nursing program at one time or another, I should think.

    Also some caps simply aren't easy to reproduce with Kay's 'perma-starch" fabrics. Many of the older gauzy type caps required knowledge of complicated hand washing, starching and goffering (a type of ironing that produces all those frills and pleats seen on caps and other fussy types of garments such as cuffs/collars), that simply does not exsist today outside of very special costume and laundry shops. Philadelphia General Hospital Graduate's cap is one such example.

    Being as all this may, one collects vintage linens and textiles, if you want please let me know what cap or caps you are looking for and will keep an eye out.
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    That's nice of you to offer, DoGoodThenGo. That's so much of the fun of vintage, there's always more to find and learn about.

    I think the East Coast must have the most interesting variety of caps. I recall that when I gazed on that sea of caps in the hospital cafeteria, the most unusual were the oversized white ones and the round flat doiley type, with or without black velvet ribbon.

    I do know that each school has a unique cap, and I would never consider wearing another school's cap!! I also remember most of the time the older nurses loved to talk about their caps, which often led to them reminiscing about what it was like to be a nurse or nursing student back in their day in general.

    I wore my pin every day. I lost track of it only when I took a hiatus to be a SAHM.

    Since the subject was brought up a few posts ago about ironing scrubs "to make them look like uniforms". I was out of nursing for enough time that when I left, everyone was still wearing real uniforms, and when I came back, everyone, and I mean everyone (dietary, housekeeping, DON) , was wearing scrubs.

    Can any of my fellow old school peeps tell me when this happened? It's been bugging me. Thanks.
    Last edit by nursel56 on Mar 25, '10 : Reason: question answered earlier post
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    Quote from SuesquatchRN
    So if I am not entitled to wear a cap that another school wore and my schools didn't have caps how the heck to I get a cap? Or choose one?

    Here ya go girl! You are just what this one needs.

    It is classic, clean styling and can be dressed up with a band depending upon your degree.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Nurse-Vintage-Ka...item2eacaa8d1f
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    The gals in my class feel a little cheated from not getting caps when we graduate, just a pin. We've talked about, just for graduation, bringing back caps (just a matter of finding them and price) I an dthe other male in the class decided we could go without caps or at least we came up with some ideas of a white military style cap, which when I was in the Marines we called "pisscutters", think of the caps gas station attendants used to wear in the 50's and 40's.
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    Quote from careteam70
    The gals in my class feel a little cheated from not getting caps when we graduate, just a pin. We've talked about, just for graduation, bringing back caps (just a matter of finding them and price) I an dthe other male in the class decided we could go without caps or at least we came up with some ideas of a white military style cap, which when I was in the Marines we called "pisscutters", think of the caps gas station attendants used to wear in the 50's and 40's.


    I like that idea!! First time I've seen it proposed, too. Instead of no caps because of the guys, everybody wears a cap!
    As someone who graduated just as the phase-out started, I can relate to them feeling a bit cheated. A cap is such a universal symbol of nursing. Best wishes to you all.
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    Quote from careteam70
    The gals in my class feel a little cheated from not getting caps when we graduate, just a pin. We've talked about, just for graduation, bringing back caps (just a matter of finding them and price) I an dthe other male in the class decided we could go without caps or at least we came up with some ideas of a white military style cap, which when I was in the Marines we called "pisscutters", think of the caps gas station attendants used to wear in the 50's and 40's.
    But, then again, you know that we former military guys are usually uncomfortable wearing any 'uniform' headgear indoors when not "under arms."

    And the white caps also remind me of the milk man of the same era, and at that point (for me at least) compared to pump jockeys and delivery guys, the white paper 'hot dog vendor' hat seems just as good, if not a better choice (at least they are cheap, easily disposable and replaceable for sanitary purposes, and could actually be made in any number of patterns if anyone really wanted to pursue that course). But I suppose for graduation purposes only a nice white garrison cap might be ok.


    IF your gonna wear a cap at work, why not a plain scrub cap?

    And just to mention it, a reasonable facsimile of the Bellevue cap is in the header picture for Kay's right now...
    http://www.kayscaps.com/index.banner.jpg
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    rediculous all she does is look like a person playing dress up as a nurse. a cap? really? and people wonder why sometimes we ae not taken seriously as professionals.
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    Quote from RNOTODAY
    rediculous all she does is look like a person playing dress up as a nurse. a cap? really? and people wonder why sometimes we ae not taken seriously as professionals.
    Oh I don't know about that.

    By most media and anecdotal accounts the nursing profession hasn't moved up all that much in terms of being taken "seriously", since widespread ditching of whites (with or without caps) in favour of scrubs. Just look at the current labour actions going on around the United States, or the input (what of it there was), into "Obamacare".

    Finally the dumbing down of the profession continues with new and expanded use of UAPs, many of whom walk around attired in the same scrubs as nurses, with a scope slung around their necks for added measure. It is no wonder patients often complain they do not know who or what manner of person is taking care of them.

    This debate isn't just limited to the USA, but the UK as well, and on both shores despite all the moaning from some in nursing, whites (or in the case of the UK, the old NHS uniforms), are what a majority of the populace associate with a "professional" nurse.

    No one wishes to be ill, much less in hospital, but to suggest they remain passive with no say in regards to whom provides their care, seems rather insulting. Presentation of front line employees,those that deal directly with consumers (that is what patients are called now), is key to the sucess of any business (which is what healthcare is now). It isn't just the "scrubs" issue, but rather a feeling my many in hospital administration that the "casual Fridays" aspect perhaps went a bit too far. Long as Press Ganey ratings matter to those in charge, expect to see any and everything on the table when it comes to nursing "attire" whilst on duty.
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    Quote from POTR
    But, then again, you know that we former military guys are usually uncomfortable wearing any 'uniform' headgear indoors when not "under arms."

    And the white caps also remind me of the milk man of the same era, and at that point (for me at least) compared to pump jockeys and delivery guys, the white paper 'hot dog vendor' hat seems just as good, if not a better choice (at least they are cheap, easily disposable and replaceable for sanitary purposes, and could actually be made in any number of patterns if anyone really wanted to pursue that course). But I suppose for graduation purposes only a nice white garrison cap might be ok.


    IF your gonna wear a cap at work, why not a plain scrub cap?

    And just to mention it, a reasonable facsimile of the Bellevue cap is in the header picture for Kay's right now...
    http://www.kayscaps.com/index.banner.jpg
    Reasonable facsimile, and just that. There are still enough Bellevue grads out there to rise up in arms against anyone peddling the original cap. Can't explain it, you just would have had to gone to the school to understand.
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    Had a cap with black stripe and a pin. The ceremonies were very meaningful. Parents attended, and we carried miniature "Florence" lamps during a candlelight ceremony.

    I loaned my cap to someone who wanted her daughter to wear it to a costume party. She promptly misplaced it, and didn't even seem to think it should matter to me since I wasn't using it at the time. Will always regret loaning it to someone I thought was responsible but who turned out to be plain thoughtless.
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