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Early Fashion...remember this?


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Specializes in Maternity.

And perineal fallout is bad but nothing is said about male chest and facial hair? I've seen some men with more hair sticking out of the top of their scrub top than you'd find on several ladies', well, use your imagination, combined.

AORN's recommendations and perineal fallout has probably caused just as much commotion in the OR as that other professional nursing body's "mandatory BSN for entry" recommendation.

Problems start in part it seems because AORN "rules" the OR as far as many accreditation bodies go and that of course translates into nurses on the ground running things. That is all very well but the authority of nurses over physicians, techs, salespersons, medical post graduates and everyone else who is not a nurse can be nil to none. Physicians (surgeons and anesthesiologists) seem to roll their eyes and demand to see some hard detailed factual base evidence otherwise tell the nurse and her clipboard to take a hike....

In short any nurse prepared to tell a doctor with his gorilla chest hair exposed needs to also be equally prepared for his reaction.

I just read the article about pant suits, and what was the point of wearing hosiery under the pants??

When I worked floors in "whites," I always worn support pantyhose under my uniform pants, for the support. It really makes a difference (to your feet and legs) by the end of a shift.


Specializes in LTC Family Practice.

Class of '72 and proud member of the crusty old bat club!


Specializes in Oncology; medical specialty website.

Class of '72 and proud member of the crusty old bat club!

Put it on your information line, Woman! ;)


Specializes in Adult ICU/PICU/NICU. Has 54 years experience.

The old diploma schools were something special. You were proud of where you trained, because they weren't easy, despite what modern nursing faculty may say about them who never trained in these facilities. It was a proud day when you earned your stripes on your student cap, and a very proud day when you earned your graduate cap.

Nursing students are now taught that the cap is sexist, a symbol of servitude, degrading, or worse.....carries germs. They are none of the above. The cap is a symbol of how hard you had to work, and that you survived some very difficult training. Each school had their own design of nursing cap and it was nice to see the different schools represented on the units, and you were happy to represent your school.

I know nurses who don't even wear their pin and say "oh, that's too old fashioned!" Maybe the pin will disappear next.

I don't think we should return to caps, as they don't mean anything to young people coming out of schools these days. Fewer and fewer new grads even get a cap as many universities have done away with them. Its nice to see posters who have an interest in them, or even respect those of us who still wear them.

I was the last nurse in my unit to wear my cap in the hospital and am now the only school nurse who wears it. Say what you want about the cap, but I get "yes m'ame, no m'ame" from students who don't even know me. One young man asked me "Oh are you the head nurse for all the schools"?

Even years after the cap has gone out of fashion, and very few of us still wear then, it still commands respect if worn with the same pride as the day you earned it.

tnbutterfly - Mary, BSN, RN

Specializes in Peds, Med-Surg, Disaster Nsg, Parish Nsg.

I just now stumbled upon this thread. I must say that some of these posts are cracking me up! LOLOLOLOL

Perineal fallout. :roflmao:

I started out as a nurse "back in the day" when dresses were the only option..... for awhile anyway. yes....I wore the white hose, white shoes......and most importantly THE CAP. I was so glad when we were permitted to wear pants.........even if they were still white.

OK.....carry on with the memories. I am enjoying this.