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Do you/ did you have a Nurses Cap? Pin?


Specializes in ORTHOPAEDICS-CERTIFIED SINCE 89. Has 30 years experience.

Caps? Pins?

  1. 1. Caps? Pins?

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      Yes I had a cap (describe it please)
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      No I didn't have one, sorry
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      Yes I had a Nursing School Pin (describe it please)
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      No pin, sorry

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how about it?

my first cap was white cotton with a drawstring in the back. it sort of favored an old pioneer sunbonnet only without the large front part. the front was only about 1" wide. my second was made of organdy and pretty much required starching every time we wore it. my third was a standard sears-roebuck generic one.....i lost it sometime in the early 80's.

my pin was 10 kt gold. kind of a round oval.....with the university seal in the center. it was stolen from my lab coat at work one day. i later found one in a pawn shop. it isn't gold but gold plated, but since it was all i could find i bought it for $5. i think the first one was like $50. (gold)

i found some caps on the web

univ.of wisconsin: cap collection

yes, i had one of those cardboard hats during school. i threw it away the day i graduated. those were the most ridiculous things to have to wear. any male nurses ever have to wear some type of nurses hat or was that priveledge reserved for us ladies?????


Specializes in GI,Rehab, Ortho/Neuro. Has 20 years experience.

My mom still has her cap. Not in mint condition, but still there. I never had to have one. We had our ceremony in black cap and gown. Kind of wish we did. I do have a pin. Has the seal of the university on it. I don't wear it, just have it.:rolleyes:

We received our nursing pin at our pinning ceremony. My school was established in 1904. The pin has a center red cross with four undergraduate rings, symbolizing the components of Mankind, Health, Environment, and Nursing. The school name and BSN are also inscribed around the edge of the pin.

We just ordered our pins!!!! 150 bucks! YOUCH!

Its 14 karat gold, with the university seal in the middle, a lamp (flo type), Truman State University-Bachelor of Science in Nursing engraved around the seal, and the year the school was founded.

Its kinda pretty, and I am sure when i get it at the pinning ceremony, i will cry :)


Specializes in Pediatric Rehabilitation. Has 20 years experience.

Had both. Was mandatory for us to wear the caps in nursing school..this was only 6 yrs ago. I literally burned it the day I finished my last clinical. I hated every second I had to wear that hat. Pin is in a drawer somewhere. Don't wear it in fear of losing it.


Specializes in ER, Hospice, CCU, PCU.

Bought a cap for graduation, haven't seen it since. Had a pin too, don't know where that is either.

Sorry the "Part-zimers" got me, can't remember what either looked like:cool:


Has 36 years experience.

Why the malevolence toward the cap?

I had and have one and only wore it about the first 5 or so years. The pins I quit wearing when I went to scrubs--too easy to lose.

The cap is a symbol of our past. It is in the past and I can be sentimental about it. Here's an old question. Does anyone have a cape? I don't but I used to know nurses that had them. I occasionally cruise ebay for capes and pin and would, if I had time, start a collection of old caps, capes and pins from my state.

You know, the cap, cape and pin WERE great symbols that let the public know who we were. I would never seriously propose their return, but nurses do realize that you made yourself faceless when you chose the same clothes that housekeeping wears?

We wore a white rounded corner Kay cap. As students we started with a plain cap. After six weeks we got one vertical stripe on the side of the cap, about 1/2 inch off the right or left edge (can't remember which) [which you stuck on with KY jelly]. as second year students we got a second vertical stripe. At Graduation you worse the horizontal nurse stripe.

On the floor, no one had any doubt about your level of "green". No stripe and the obnoxious blue pinstrip uni? No brains. One vertical stripe. Growing some brains. Two vertical stripes? More brains.

Truthfully, folks, your cap was a little fun. Of course the cap I wore and the old Grace cap (much like ours but with squared corners and a thicker black stripe) or the old Sister's of Mercy school of nursing cap (witch like pointed cap with wide brim and broad black stripe) were most common because that was most of our origins. KU's cap looked like a stunted organza dunce cap with a wide black stripe. It was part of who you were.

It's in the past.

jschut, BSN, RN

Has 20 years experience.

I don't have either of mine yet, but when I ordered my clinical uniforms, I ordered a cap also. I know it's a thing of the past, but I liked it when nurses "looked" like nurses. Not to demean anyone in any way, shape, or form...

I guess I'm just old fashioned, is all. I don't know that I'll ever wear it (probably only for my graduation pictures, cause my 72 y/o Mom wants me to.), but I like the thought of having it. I know we also get a ribbon, but I don't know how it's applied, or any of that other stuff!

You know, come to think of it, I believe the man I ordered from said that I was the only one of a class of 180 who ordered a cap!

Oh well...:)


My cap looked like the flying nun. Got rid of it as soon as I didn't have to wear it anymore. My pin is gold with a picture of an Indian in a canoe(Nursing School was named after the town and it's an Indian name) Never wear that either but I still have it somewhere. Been out of school 26yrs and am lucky to be able to find my ID to wear to work:rolleyes:

Molly and Julie, I'm in agreement with you both. I like the fact that the nursing uniforms of old distinquished nurses from others. I always wondered whose idea it was to have nurses dress so much like housekeeping. You'd think it would be important for a patient to recognize that the person in thier room is or isn't a nurse, and nursing uniforms used to be easily recognizable, though not neccesarily flattering. :rolleyes:

In spite of this, I'm not so sure I would be too happy about donning a cap every morning, either. Just one more thing needing washed and pressed. fuhgetaboutit. :p

Graduated in 1978. Had a pinning ceremony.

My pin is a dark red cross and I still wear it. Never owned a nursing cap. The school stopped issuing them in the 70's.


Specializes in ORTHOPAEDICS-CERTIFIED SINCE 89. Has 30 years experience.

I always wanted a cape. I never had one as the year I started the BSN program was the first year they dropped the cape and ordered ugly navy coats with sky blue lining.

So about a year ago I found one on ebay for $20 andordered it. It is soooo warm!


prmenrs, RN

Specializes in NICU, Infection Control. Has 42 years experience.

I had a pin, a cap and a cape. The cape was navy w/a gray lining, and our initials in the back. I don't have it any more.

My pin is attached to my stethescope. It's shaped like a curvy shield, and has Mary on it. (Any of you who are Catholics know who Our Lady of Lourdes is and looks like--that's it.) I'll see if I can find the web site.

The cap was white with a black stripe. I still remember the nun sitting at a conference table with 30 caps in front of her, a spool of black velvet ribbon and a stapler.

The first cap they gave us had a denim blue facing. At the end of the first year, we had a capping ceremony; we got to wear the bib part of our aprons--up til then, we just wore the skirt, and that is the first and only time a nun ever told us to "rat" our hair so she would have something to pin it to. The 2 guys in our class were given caps as souvenirs. So we wore a plain white cap the 2nd year, and when we became seniors, they gave us one with a blue velvet stripe.

Yeah, it's silly and not at all practical these days, but I am very sentimental, and all those caps are upstairs in my closet right now! :rolleyes:

http://www.ololnursing.com/default.html is the website for the school, it has a picture of the design used on the pin.

While the caps are no longer worn, our class has requested that we be given caps at our graduation ceremony. We have two ceremonies that we attend. We have one at our nursing school and then another when we walk with the rest of the university.

Our class feels tradition is very important and should be kept alive even though nurses no longer wear caps. When traditions stop, something always seems to be lost.


Specializes in Vents, Telemetry, Home Care, Home infusion. Has 43 years experience.

Yipes, No wonder patients don't know who the RN /LPN is in the hospital if your not wearing your pins! C'mon, a pin wont' fall off any faster on a srcub top than it will on a cotton/polyester uniform. Wore mine since 1977, even when doing home care and wearing street clothes and lab coat till two years ago working in intake/um. Still wear it along with ID badge on the occasional times I chose to work extra WE staffing.

Having family frequently in Phila area hospitals over that past two years, it even upsets me to see the nurses turn their ID badge backwards, "cause they don't like their own picture". I WANT to know who is caring for my loved ones. We have only ourselves to blame for being lumped with room charges and housekeeping staff. Only 25% ever introduced themselves when coming into a room at shift change....lets think about what image were presenting......before all that's left is the nursing manequin Annie!

Recaps, had two: small plain from LPN school ( n momento box) and Permastarch tradional cap with light blue college emblem on the side, same as pin. Gave that up in late 80's after fight with new fangled IV pumps, vents and so many tubes on respitatory/telemtry unit. Still in bottom of one of my dresser drawers. Took it out this year and considered wearing it at the nursing rally I had but opted for Baseball caps with logo other RNs wore.


I had both a cap and a pin. The cap was of a generic variety with burgundy stripes. (lost after my grad photos were taken). My pin is a gold octagon with a pink rose in the center (Alberta's provincial flower). When I wore and laundered my own uniforms, I wore it all the time. Now that I wear hospital scrubs, I'm afraid that it'll get lost in the laundry.

Yes, I had a pin. It is gold in color with a latern in the center of a circular pin with the schoold name around the border and LPN in the middle of it!

The girls in my class had a white starched/formed cap with purple strips indicating class status/semester. I as a mle was denied the oppurtunity to have one much less having to clean and apply those ribbon strips! LOL

I do however want one to put on my shelf with my diploma! Maybe have a picture taken with it on, LOL! Just to have as a reminder and since I should have had one as a student and a graduate! Today members of my school who are male get the cap during a capping ceromony the same as the girls at the end of the first semester! I do not think it becomes part of the school uniform like the shirt, name tag or the school patch.

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