Do you/ did you have a Nurses Cap? Pin? - page 7

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... Read More

  1. by   lamazeteacher
    We got our {round mortar board with a point in front} caps in a ceremony at a Tea, after the 3 month probationary at the beginning of our first year in a 3 year diploma program, in a hospital School of Nursing. Cost of all 6 uniforms: $250. No charge for private room with sink, meals, books or tuition.
    We had to perform in an original skit at the end of the 3 months, for all the students, clinical educators and interested staff at the hospital. Our class used "The Nursing (Pajama) Game", a musical in the '50s and changed the lyrics accordingly. I loved it!
    At the beginning of our senior year, black ribbons were added to the heavily starched ring of material attached underneath the mortar board, and proudly wore them to the wards that day, while staff and patients clapped for us. Our uniforms were long scooped neck starched aprons over white collared grey dresses, white stockings, and laced cuban heeled oxfords that were never to be worn outside the hospital.
    After graduation, the women's auxilliary of the hospital presented us with our silver pins that had our name inscribed on the wrong side, and matching cuff links. I still have 2 caps and the pin and cuff links, the design of which includes a laurel leaf (for peace) and star of David with Hebrew writing around it (it was a Jewish Hospital).
    The Nurses' residence had a 10 PM curfew week nights, and midnight on weekends. Of course we let each other in after curfew....... Until a group of Jewish interns came from Mexico, we never dreamed of drinking alcohol..... tequila bottles were commonly found at the bottom of the outdoor pool after that.
    Marriage wasn't allowed for student nurses except in the case of a lawyer who took nurse's training after practicing law.
    Since the Nurses' Residence had a tunnel connecting it to the hospital, capes weren't necessary. Uniforms were never to be worn outside. Since this was Montreal, Quebec, Canada, winters were severe, and I was grateful that when it was below 20 Fahrenheit degrees below zero, that I didn't need to go out for the duration.
  2. by   MrsMissyLPN
    I graduated in 2003 and we had to wear a cap for the graduation cermony only. I was proud of the cap for a few months and had it proudly displayed in a case....however over the years it some how made it way into storage in the attic. lol We also had a pin. A diamond shaped gold pin the had the school logo and LPN on it. ALso just wore that once and it has joined my cap.
  3. by   Tait
    No cap, but I do have a pin that I wear on my badge. Sterling silver with my school/graduation and RN on it.
  4. by   Straydandelion
    I have a cap (required) and have always hated wearing it. It never would stay on and I felt silly with it even though I thought it looked fine for a cap. It is folded back in front the edges out each side and has two black velvet strips laying on the fold, I never could remember if we were to take one off after graduation or not LOL.
    Last edit by Straydandelion on Nov 12, '08 : Reason: added information
  5. by   LifeIsGood!
    Do you also remember (or was it just in my area) that only RNs wore 3/4 sleeve uniforms?
  6. by   jvrpurple
    Yes I had a nurses cap.It was white about 5" wide with winged ends .Always got caught in the curtains. Haven't a clue where it is today. But I still have my school pin. I worked hard for my Pin . I never wore it for fair of loosing it .
  7. by   lamazeteacher
    Quote from Ribbit Hill
    Do you also remember (or was it just in my area) that only RNs wore 3/4 sleeve uniforms?
    I hadn't thought about it, but our hospital's official R.N, uniform (for graduates in 1960 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) had 3/4 length sleeves. Other uniforms for sale at stores, had short sleeves, as "scrubs" today do. However, uniform stores were mostly for maids and waitresses, or mail order.

    I don't think most of us knew the distinction of 3/4 length sleeves. It was a challenge to keep the lower part of the sleeve dry. Thanks for sharing your knowledge of them.
  8. by   ohioln
    jvrpurple, I still have my pin but hadn't worn it for yrs. No one seems to wear them much. I value it a lot, as you, I worked hard for it too. We've all worked so hard for our pins, it's something else to want to help others and work hard to be able to do so. Love to all.
  9. by   ohioln
    Ribbit Hill,
    I do remember the 3/4 sleeves and the dress uniforms. I became an LPN in 1978 and an RN, AD in 1982. :typing
    Last edit by ohioln on Nov 20, '08 : Reason: spelled name wrong "Rabitt Hill" instead of "Ribbit Hill"
  10. by   barefoot_girl
    Yes, I had a nursing cap. It was a white linen square. It had to be washed and heavily starched. It folded up in the front, and had a tapered 'bun' area where the two lower corners were brought together to meet each other in the back. There was a pin or snap or something that held the two lower sides together.

    Yes, I had a nursing pin. It was yellow gold with blue lettering. The inner symbol was a christian cross (attended Methidist nursing school) and the outer area was circular with latin inscription.
  11. by   FranEMTnurse
    My pin has a lamp of life in the middle of it with the name of my school surrounding it.

    My cap has a blue stripe around it. It is the school colors.

    I still have both, and are stored in a nurses cap container.
  12. by   dmdrn73
    I had a cap but my mother bought it for me to take pictures in for graduation. We didn't wear them in school (did wear the white uniform dress, though). We graduated in black cap and gown. Our school had pins but we had to order them and pay for them in our own time and there was only limited time the guy was there (like an hour or 2 on one day) and I never got a chance to get one.
  13. by   dmdrn73
    At the hospital where I used to work there were 2 or 3 nurses who still wore their caps every day.