If nursing caps looked decent, would you wear one? - page 2

My school never issued nursing caps to us, only pins. Whenever I see old pictures of nurses wearing their caps I have this urge to want to find one for myself, if of course it looked decent. ... Read More

  1. by   LasVegasRN
    I loved my hat. Wish I could find it, it's packed away somewhere. Yes, if I could still wear it I would. I can work a hat!

    The class that graduated 5 years before mine also got capes. I thought those were the coolest things! 100% wool, navy blue with gold emblems on the collar. Kept you very, very warm. Wish I could have gotten a cape, but they felt they were outdated.
  2. by   LTC-LPN
    ...because the nurses cap was always falling off due to my hair texture (I agree with the statement by caroladybelle) and I was always knocking it off by hitting something (I agree with the statement by Hardknox). I do have a photo of me wearing the cap at graduation. That was the last time I wore it....about 25 years ago. I do not miss it.

    Jane Ann
  3. by   RN-PA
    I don't like wearing hats as it is since they make my head hot and my scalp itch. (I see people working out in the gym wearing caps or hats and my head sweats just looking at them!) I only like the idea of wearing a cap because it would give nurses higher visibility for purposes of identification, but I imagine they'd be very impractical from all your stories. I'm often doing things that are practically standing on my head as it is-- can't imagine inserting a foley cath in a female pt. or trying to wipe a butt on the bedside commode with a cap nearly falling off or getting caught in the bed trapezes I'm already always clonking into. :imbar: (Maybe I should wear a hardhat... )
  4. by   ClariceS
    I proudly wore mine at graduation but am VERY glad I never had to wear it again.
    My mother wore one and talked about the problem of keeping hers on. She would hairspray it every day after pinning it to her pinned up hair. But she also talked about having to wash it and spray starch it back into shape. TOO much of a bother.
  5. by   jevans
    NO in the UK hats were banned as they contributed to back injuries for nursing staff. We spent more time preventing them from falling off our heads that the result was incorrect manual handling
    so I say no to hats!!!!!!!
  6. by   NurseDennie
    Hardly anybody wants the hats back!!! We didn't *get* one when we graduated, but we could go buy one. Which I did. A few of us did. Just to have it. I bought the cap, bought the trim and a couple of cross tie-tacks to put at the end of the stripe on each side. I went to a Catholic school and the cap that we all wore for our nursey graduation pictures was set up that way.

    Anyway, it was a fun thing to have, but of course I never wore it to work. Very thin, very fine hair, and I've also thought that the cap doesn't look "right" unless you're wearing the dress/uniform. Looks funny, out of place with scrubs. Two nurses where I used to work still wear them. And I understand their point: I worked REALLY hard to earn the right to wear this stupid-looking thing.

    Where is my nursey cap now? I gave it to my sister. She has a "thing" for nursey caps. It has place of honor in her collection.

    BTW, my mother was a dental hygienist, and they also had caps. Their stripe was purple. She didn't wear her cap to work, either.



    PS - have you seen how much dental hygienists make????? WOW!!!
  7. by   Furball
    Hat? What hat? Never wore one

    A snazzy military type beret would be cool. unisex too. Definitely NOT one of those maid-cap thingies...eeew
  8. by   prmenrs
    I LOVED my cap. But I quit wearing one when everyone else did, and wouldn't go back to it now--too impractical. Get a visual of it catching fire under a radiant warmer-wouldn't that be fun!!

    But I am very sentimental, and still have it upstairs in my closet. Sometimes for the Nurse Day dinner, they have been used as a nostalgic centerpiece. Don't worry, we washed them!
  9. by   nursejws
    I have an idea! Nurses should wear nurses caps at graduation only. Like, I'd love to have a nurses cap, but I don't think I would wear with exception to graduation. Plus, I don't look good in caps or hats of anykind.
  10. by   TIREDmidnightRN
    I once read that in an emergency people follow someone in a hat...they seem to convey authority.....but military type would be cool.....something special as a sign of respect....not the ones that always fell off and got caught!
  11. by   prn nurse
    Thing must be gettin' dull in Long Island,.......
  12. by   susanmary
    No nurse's cap for this stylish nurse. No way. No how.
  13. by   eagleRN
    No, No, No and I mean No.