Hats, err, caps off to those of you...

  1. ...who wear/wore white!

    I'm a school nurse and for Career Day I decided to go "old school" and wear whites. I even bought a generic cap for the occasion (my nursing school did not have caps). Here is my experience so far:

    - The only white stocking I could find are compression stockings. They roll. I did not make it out of my door before they rolled all the way down my rear end, threatening to make an appearance below my skirt. So I'm now bare legged with ankle socks.

    - This stupid cap is ridiculous to keep attached! I read every thread on attaching it, googled how to do it, asked my mom for advice...it still would not work for me. So I ended up slipping a small headband through the tabs that are meant for bobby pins and attaching it that way It STILL slips!

    - I always thought the argument that whites show dirt was bunk. My thought was if my clothes have some type of body fluid on them, I want to know about it and get rid of it! But what I did not take into account is the non-body fluid type gunk. Makeup smears, dust, generic dirt...everything shows!

    - It is seriously hard to cath a student (who is seated on a toilet) in a skirt. I really don't know how you all did it. With all the bending and stooping we have to do, skirts are not at ALL practical! I thought it would be OK for me since I am not in a hospital setting. Nope, still a pain in the rear.

    - My top is long sleeved. It is HOT out today. 'Nuff said.

    Anyway, just wanted to give kudos to those of you who lived through the days when nurses were REQUIRED to wear this getup! I admit, I like the look, but it is going to be a looong time before I attempt whites again. I have an all new appreciation for my scrubs.
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    About Purple_Scrubs, BSN

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    School Nurse; from US
    Specialty: 8 year(s) of experience in School Nursing

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  3. by   NurseLoveJoy88
    I actually love the way nurses dressed back in the day. I would wear the cap but I'm afraid of the looks I may get.

    I do wear the tights and the skirt every once in a while.
  4. by   gentlegiver
    I wore white scrubs to work one day. Big mistake!! within the first couple hours I looked like a dirty mess, every patient decided to grab me with all sorts of lovely stuff on thier hands!
  5. by   AngelicDarkness
    One of my placements in high school at a LTC facility required nurses to wear white scrubs and the caps. I was so dirty by the time I left, I used to bring 2 pairs of scrubs and keep it in my locker!
  6. by   Purple_Scrubs
    Another note to anyone who decides to try whites. Cheetos = bad snack option.
  7. by   NurseLoveJoy88
    I don't think I could have wore white when I worked in school nursing. I worked in elementary school and those kiddos love to put there little grimy hands all over you, especially when wearing white.

    -BTW- So miss doing the school nursing thing.
  8. by   iNurseUK
    LOL reminds me of the days my training school still wore aprons and horrible starched caps (which were no manner of use in keeping your hair tidy) but the caps had the stripes to denote which year of training you were in.

    Thank God all that"s gone now. Now we just have the ugly stripy blue and white uniforms.

  9. by   morte
    Quote from Purple_Scrubs
    ...who wear/wore white!

    I'm a school nurse and for Career Day I decided to go "old school" and wear whites. I even bought a generic cap for the occasion (my nursing school did not have caps). Here is my experience so far:

    - The only white stocking I could find are compression stockings. They roll. I did not make it out of my door before they rolled all the way down my rear end, threatening to make an appearance below my skirt. So I'm now bare legged with ankle socks.

    - This stupid cap is ridiculous to keep attached! I read every thread on attaching it, googled how to do it, asked my mom for advice...it still would not work for me. So I ended up slipping a small headband through the tabs that are meant for bobby pins and attaching it that way It STILL slips!

    - I always thought the argument that whites show dirt was bunk. My thought was if my clothes have some type of body fluid on them, I want to know about it and get rid of it! But what I did not take into account is the non-body fluid type gunk. Makeup smears, dust, generic dirt...everything shows!

    - It is seriously hard to cath a student (who is seated on a toilet) in a skirt. I really don't know how you all did it. With all the bending and stooping we have to do, skirts are not at ALL practical! I thought it would be OK for me since I am not in a hospital setting. Nope, still a pain in the rear.

    - My top is long sleeved. It is HOT out today. 'Nuff said.

    Anyway, just wanted to give kudos to those of you who lived through the days when nurses were REQUIRED to wear this getup! I admit, I like the look, but it is going to be a looong time before I attempt whites again. I have an all new appreciation for my scrubs.
    Thank you
  10. by   jahra
    purple scrubs -- a small technical point you missed :d

    the essential and fashionable blue cape with the red lining

    they were very sharp looking!

    kudos to you for wearing the "old school" uniform for career day.
  11. by   Turd Ferguson
    I wore white scrubs to my pinning
  12. by   klone
    I just want to know what kind of school you work at where you have to cath students!
  13. by   blue heeler
    Quote from klone
    I just want to know what kind of school you work at where you have to cath students!

    i was going to post the same thing!
  14. by   Fiona59
    Here in Canada, it's usually a special ed situation, ie: a developmental delay programme that requires cath skill. But more and more it's an aide type job.

    My hospital had a couple in whites and caps for nurses week. Never saw a cap fall off and they went home pretty clean.

    Oh, and I sometimes wear white hose. Hanes makes a light support hose can't remember the name of them for the life of me but you just buy your regular size. They go up to Queen plus. (You can tell how often I buy them).

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