how do you keep a nursing cap on? - page 2

I don't want this to turn into a thread about whether or not nursing caps should be worn (lord knows there's about 200 threads like that, on this board, already!), but I do have a question: For... Read More

  1. by   delirium
    I can't believe there are places where you still have to wear the caps. I think it reinforces a lot of negative sisters of mercy stereotypes about nurses, but that's another thread.

    I'm just glad we wear street clothes for our pinning and are not required to dress up like flying nuns.
  2. by   LPNtoBSNstudent
    well, I don't know how to 'quote' so I will just cut and paste from PowerPuffGirl

    I did a Yahoo! search on this and found instructions that involved taking a lock of hair, coiling it, spraying it with hairspray, putting a little square of tissue paper over it, and bobbypinning the coil to your head, and them somehow pinning the cap to the coil?!?!

    I used to wear my cap quite a bit (required at a job I had for a few year) and this was the best way I found to do it. Sometimes without the tissue paper but it really did seem to work. Hard to explain it, really.
    Good luck
  3. by   Dr. Kate
    Back in the days when I was wearing a cap, my hair was always short. We had no option about wearing our cap and it had to stay on.
    The first thing I did was to tell my hairdresser I was going to need to keep a cap on my head. Richard was a genius with short hair and did something--left the top a bit longer I believe.
    Anyway, I always managed with two bobbie pins--one on either side of the back.
    I never had the right hair to make a comb work right--on me it slid right through my hair and the cap sailed away.
    When I started working in critical care, and ended up tangling myself by the cap in our ceiling mounted IV poles, my cap stayed on and I'd be caught by the thing still stuck to my head. I learn quickly, got rid of the cap.
  4. by   BadBird
    I think it is sexist that only the women have to wear those stupid caps at pinning ceremonies. I think the men should have to be as embarassed too. WTF, who came up with those idiotic caps anyway? I actually quit a job in 1997 because they said caps were mandatory, I said you are kidding right? There weren't so I walked out. The admin. called and wanted to talk about it, I told her to come into the 20th century, there was NO WAY I would wear some stupid cap. I got a better paying job the next day.
  5. by   P_RN

    is a website dedicated to ---get this---Nurses in uniform---and it's NOT a porno site either. There are a gazillion pictures of ...Nurses in Uniforms....

    Anyway on there is a referral to an article about White Uniforms
    written by
    bob the corgi

    I haven't ever seen this site before but bob is a hoot and I made sure to bookmark her site.....and DYK is something to behold. is a good thing.
  6. by   CraftyLPN
    bobby pins bobby pins bobby pins...oh did I mention bobby pins?LOL
  7. by   RN2B2005
    I have some skillbooks from the Nursing Photobook series, published in the early 1980's. Most of the nurses have caps on, but this one nurse has a cap that I swear is defying all known laws of physics.

    Her hair is in a short bouffant/shag style, and the peaked mob-type cap is pinned to the very edge of the back of her head. As far as I can tell, the cap is hairsprayed into place; the nurse is shown doing various activities from various angles and heck if the cap touches any solid part of her head. Very impressive, if you ask me.

    On a more practical note, my grandmother reports that Aqua-Net and white bobby pins (both in vast quantities) are the way to go. Kay's Caps probably has some other tricks, too--they're on the Web, if you want to check them out.

  8. by   Stargazer
    <feeling sorry for all the poor patients choking on hairspray fumes>
  9. by   fab4fan
    We wore them as students. I have very fine hair so it was a challenge, but here's what I did: made a small square of tissue paper, then bobby pinned it to the top of my head. Then I hooked a bobby pin through the inner label of the cap and hooked that bobby pin to the tissue square on my head. Then secure the back with two bobby pins which could be concealed under the back flaps of the cap.

    Of course, WHITE bobby pins only...
  10. by   RN-PA
    Two words:

    Duct tape.
  11. by   nursedawn67
    Truthfully I have never ever worn mine, bought it just for the sake of having one with my school colors on it....never had nursing pics taken...didn't have the $$, and none of my family offered to help me get them. Oh well...not the end of the world.
  12. by   nursedawn67
    Originally posted by greer128
    Truthfully I have never ever worn mine, bought it just for the sake of having one with my school colors on it....never had nursing pics taken...didn't have the $$, and none of my family offered to help me get them. Oh well...not the end of the world.
    Oops wasn't not supposed to be a mad smiley thought it would make the frowning one.
  13. by   igloorn93
    When I had to wear one (and I know I'm about to get a lot of flack for this, but I actually enjoyed wearing mine), I used 2 bobby pins and they did the trick. I had them at the back of my cap. I had medium length, straight as a board hair. Now my poor cap is wrapped in plastic sitting on my book shelf looking at me. Somedays I do miss wearing. Notice I said SOME. Best of luck to you.