No, Caps Are Not Totally Gone - page 12

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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    Quote from RetRN77
    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.
    What an awful experience! I'm so sorry for your loss.
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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.
    Interesting perspective. A cap was part of the entire dress of a nurse, along with white uniform and white shoes, and usually her school pin. The clothing, even pants, was semi-tailored (fit closer to the body) and had things like collars, belts and button closures.

    Now we have baggy fitting colorful jammies(scrubs), sneakers, plastic Croc shoes, and prints that (though I love prints!) frequently contain cartoon characters, and I've seen Mickey Mouse prints in adult units!! Everyone in the hospital, it seems, wear them. You can color code your employees, but the patients are usually long gone before they have it memorized. The extent to which nurses aren't taken seriously as professionals-- I doubt the cap/no cap issue has anything to do with it at all.
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    Quote from RetRN77
    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.
    That is terrible! Do you have a resource to at least get a replacement of the cap? I hope the pin was not lost as well.

    Worse come worse, send a photo of the cap to me and I'll see if some of the uniform shops here in Manila would be able to reproduce it exactly for you and we could try to get it replaced that way.
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    Quote from DoGoodThenGo
    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.
    A variation of that cap was worn by graduates of a school in my state - (not NY ) The only difference was the material was quite transparent.

    Our first-year student caps were a variation of the Army cap, only much smaller. All you could see on the tops of our heads from the front was this cupcake sized goofy looking trapezoid shape with a smidgen of pointed material behind the cuff. So embarrassing. It was such a relief to finish that year and receive a traditional style cap that didn't make us look like elves in pink.
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    Quote from RetRN77
    A variation of that cap was worn by graduates of a school in my state - (not NY ) The only difference was the material was quite transparent.

    Our first-year student caps were a variation of the Army cap, only much smaller. All you could see on the tops of our heads from the front was this cupcake sized goofy looking trapezoid shape with a smidgen of pointed material behind the cuff. So embarrassing. It was such a relief to finish that year and receive a traditional style cap that didn't make us look like elves in pink.
    That description is just so darn funny!!! Not sure if it was this thread or the "you know you're old school when. . ." thread, but I mentioned our caps shaped sort of like slightly taller white B-2 Stealth bomber we were supposed to wear perched exactly on the top of our heads. It would have been a bit more tolerable set back a little but ohh lol.

    I love hearing about these experiences. I did not know students wore differently styled caps but I suppose it gave the first-year crowd motivation to succeed and get rid of the things.
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    Quote from Hushdawg
    That is terrible! Do you have a resource to at least get a replacement of the cap? I hope the pin was not lost as well.

    Worse come worse, send a photo of the cap to me and I'll see if some of the uniform shops here in Manila would be able to reproduce it exactly for you and we could try to get it replaced that way.
    Oh, thanks so much Hushdawg! That is so nice of you! The reference for Kay's Caps (where our caps came from) has a very similar cap to ours. It's a very traditional style cap and the only difference from one of the pictured caps is that there is a slight point in the center of the cuff instead of it being straight. I'm also going to email Kay's and see if they have the exact cap on file. However, I so appreciate your very kind offer!

    I still have the pin! No way was anyone getting their hands on that!
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    Quote from nursel56
    That description is just so darn funny!!! Not sure if it was this thread or the "you know you're old school when. . ." thread, but I mentioned our caps shaped sort of like slightly taller white B-2 Stealth bomber we were supposed to wear perched exactly on the top of our heads. It would have been a bit more tolerable set back a little but ohh lol.

    I love hearing about these experiences. I did not know students wore differently styled caps but I suppose it gave the first-year crowd motivation to succeed and get rid of the things.
    LOL - it sure did! No way you want to get left behind in what used to be called the "probationary" group!

    I'm wondering if maybe one of my instructors went to your school. Her cap looked like a tall triangle with upswept ends from the front. From the side, well, it did rather look like a bird or a plane had landed on her head. It also was worn perched flat on top of her head. She went to school in NY state.

    I also have to correct myself on the Bellevue cap. I just saw a picture in one of the earlier parts of the thread - I didn't realize I hadn't seen the whole thread. My other instructor's cap was much smaller than that, and resembled the last cap on the right from the link POTR posted.

    Since I can't wear my cap at present, I will content myself with this. Love it.
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    Quote from Maria L, SN
    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.
    I think it's sad as well. It is a special thing for families to attend, and a special moment of recognition and remembrance for you as well. I still have the program from my capping ceremony - it helps me remember everyone's names and helps me recall other events from my school days as well.

    I can't imagine someone slapping a pin on business dress clothes. Scrubs would be better than that if they can't bring themselves to allow you to wear regular uniforms.

    Perhaps if enough students at your school are interested, you could ask admin if you could wear uniforms for your pinning. Or even if not many others are interested, since you have the option to wear whatever business type clothing you want, perhaps you could each have the option also of wearing a uniform, whether full whites or whatever may be useful in the future.
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    Quote from DoGoodThenGo
    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 hospitals 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.
    That's very interesting! I've never seen Candy Stripers wear caps. I think I did see some on TV who did, and the cap was either pink or candy striped. I've never seen a dental tech wear a cap, never housekeeping, or volunteers. Worked in two states, three different hospitals, frequented about 2 other hospitals in the heyday, and just never saw anyone but nurses or student nurses wearing them. Food service wore hats, but nothing like the nurses' caps.

    We used to have color coding in our hospitals, as others have mentioned. Many of the uniforms were somewhat similar to the student nurses, but without pinafores or caps. No one was allowed to wear all white except graduate nurses, and that was how they stood out.

    This is such an interesting discussion - so enjoying it!
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    RetRN77-- my school was in California, but the east (New York in particular) was probably the inspiration for many styles that eventually migrated west.

    I went to a Catholic girl's high school that was next door to the Hospital run by the same order of nuns. I don't recall seeing volunteers wearing any type of cap. When I became a volunteer there at age 17, we wore a peach-colored "candy-striper" style pinafore over a white blouse.

    The dietary staff and central supply always wore the pouffy paper shower caps.
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