No, Caps Are Not Totally Gone - page 9

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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 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?"
    OMG OMG OMG OMG - how HARD did this make me laugh....

    What did it for me was "Fool!"

    Calla, why you trippin'?
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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 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.
    I remember seeing candy stripers with caps when I was a kid. They were usually white trimmed in the peppermint stripe fabric on the edge. And it seems to me I can remember dental hygienists in caps (for a very short while) - the picture sprung in my mind as soon as I read your post.
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    Quote from Franciscangypsy
    ProgressiveThinking -- we wear pajamas to work. lol. I don't know that our current choice in uniform really instills much patient respect. At least not any more than the caps did.
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    What loses respect for me is when the RN in question looks as though they SLEPT in the scrubs they have on. I used to iron my scrubs (I'm active duty Air Force now and I wear what's provided at the hospital because I have to) - took all of five minutes with a good steam iron and a quick spray of Niagra starch. Five minutes - literally.

    I actually had patients and family members who'd comment on my scrubs, and a few even said that while I was one of many faces they'd seen (and all of the RNs on my floor were outstanding, BTW, so I never took it as a slight), they always remembered my scrubs. DOCTORS even noticed.

    It makes a difference, folks - and it takes five minutes. There's absolutely no excuse for walking around in scrubs that obviously just left the dryer that morning after spending the entire night in it. BIG pet peeve of mine. We don't need caps to come back, we need to start treating scrubs as the uniform they are. If you worked for Bank of America you'd not last a day in a crapped up suit - why do people think it's OK to treat scrubs like PJs? Drives me to distraction.

    (That's the GENERAL you, not a specific you...)
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    Quote from SuesquatchRN
    Ok, put out some feelers and not a nibble. Not one single HB grad will part with their cap. Sorry.

    Apparently the things are rare and highly sought after, one sold on eBay last December for nearly $50, and that was cheap. It also seems Hunter Bellevue grads, like Belleuve school nurses before them are rather touchy about who gets' their mitts on their school's cap.

    IIRC, Hunter was one of the first CUNY nursing programs to cease capping as part of their graduation ceremony, so that could explain things.
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    Take a walk down memory lane: http://www.nursinghistory.org/Pages/caps1.htm

    Not all schools are listed, but a decent enough selection.

    Personally I dont' see anything wrong with a RN who want's to wear a cap and or whites (even starched if she's got that kind of time). Long as her employer doesn't object, what is the big deal? Yes, this is not 1954, nor even 1984, but face it, the cap is still the most recognised symbol of a professional nurse.

    Remember this: most anyone can roam around a hospital wearing a white coat, stethescope around their neck or in their pocket, and even it seems in scrubs; but only a licensed (or student) nurse may legally wear a cap, especially with stripes.

    A little bit of information, do with it what you will.
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    Quote from DoGoodThenGo
    Ok, put out some feelers and not a nibble. Not one single HB grad will part with their cap. Sorry.

    Apparently the things are rare and highly sought after, one sold on eBay last December for nearly $50, and that was cheap. It also seems Hunter Bellevue grads, like Belleuve school nurses before them are rather touchy about who gets' their mitts on their school's cap.

    IIRC, Hunter was one of the first CUNY nursing programs to cease capping as part of their graduation ceremony, so that could explain things.
    Minor bit of trivia, the distinctive Bellevue cap has always been referred to as "the Bellevue fluff." There probably aren't many of us left who remember that sort of thing.

    And, yes, anybody who isn't a graduate of Bellevue has no business owning or wearing one.
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    I just did a search for my old nursing school to see the cap. The first thing that came up was a baseball cap sold at the campus bookstore. How disappointing!
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    Quote from elkpark
    Minor bit of trivia, the distinctive Bellevue cap has always been referred to as "the Bellevue fluff." There probably aren't many of us left who remember that sort of thing.

    And, yes, anybody who isn't a graduate of Bellevue has no business owning or wearing one.
    There is an interesting bit of NYC nursing lore that goes when Bellevue voted to merge with Hunter College the question at once went up as to if graduates of the newly created program would be allowed to wear the former's cap.

    As the story goes a vote was taken of Bellevue grads and the idea of *anyone* not a graduate of that school wearing said cap was simply not going to happen, and the scheme was voted down by a huge margin.

    Now fast foward to a few years ago, and one remembers reading in a book written by a RN who was researching the history of nursing, that the story was just that, and no such vote was ever taken. Hunter college's nursing program already had it's own cap (the one shown above), and there was no question of them adopting Bellevue's.

    Yes, Bellevue's cap is *HARD* to lay one's hands on. Am beginning to think their grads must have been buried with them or someplace there is a secret cache! *LOL*
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    Quote from caliotter3
    I just did a search for my old nursing school to see the cap. The first thing that came up was a baseball cap sold at the campus bookstore. How disappointing!
    Oh my! You poor thing!

    Should you really want a cap from your alma mater, here is a trick that worked for a friend of mine. Post a small advert in your school's alumni newspaper, online or some such. Make it clear you are an actual grad and want the cap for legitimate reasons. There are quite a few "older" nurses out there and or their surviving spouses/children who would be happy to see a cap go to a new generation of nurse as opposed to rotting away in storage,thrown away or worse end up in a Halloween parade.

    Failng that, there is always Kay's, they have patterns for hundreds of school caps. Some may require proof of graduation IIRC, but most are open to purchase by anyone with ready money.
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    Nostalgia. You sure can tell when you've missed out on something that was important in your life. That nursing school cap had a lot of meaning attached to it for those of us who had the good fortune to have had one. Today's students miss out on a lot of things.
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