If nursing caps looked decent, would you wear one? - page 6

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   patsue53
    I vote NO!

    I was proud to wear my cap as a symbol of my achievment in my Nursing graduation picture. But for work they're impractical and a nuisance. (they sure are cute tho. )
  2. by   DelGR
    Hats-- No. They're not very practical. I did have to wear one through my ADN program and graduation. Never wore it again.

    The guys in my ADN program decided the day of graduation to wear hats. They kept it a surprise from the rest of us and whipped them on their heads just as we were sitting down for the opening remarks. Then threw them up in the air at the end of the pinning ceremony. The hats looked like something a rich yacht owner would wear. The guys even put the navy blue velvet ribbon & silver cord on the hat above the visor. That was the colors that we (females) had on our caps.
    It was great fun.

    Pinning ceremonies are good but I haven't worn my pin since graduation. It's too expensive to have it fall off and get lost.

    I don't think a hat or pin would really be necessary if we just introduce ourselves to the patients and family as Ms./Mr. so and so and give our title. A lawyer, doctor, teacher or any other profession doesn't have any identifying insignia--DO THEY?

    Many nurses I come into contact with don't properly identify themselves to patients or family. Many times they walk into a patient's room and just start doing tasks. They barely acknowledge visitors in the room, let alone the patient. So, I think that a hat, pin, or even clothing is just a substitute for good communications.
    Last edit by DelGR on Aug 21, '02
    I had to wear a hat the entire time I attended Both Nursing schools. I said that when I graduated I also have earned the right to drag that thing behind the car the entire way home. I had 2 so that one remained white and startched at all times. One was dragged home past graduation the other framed with my Diplomas and hangs in my fathers home.
  4. by   Glad2behere
    I would wear my JOHN DEERE cap, backwards of course.

  5. by   williamssu
    I graduated in 1972 and loved wearing my cap! As a hospice nurse I don't even wear scrubs when I visit patients so a cap would certainly be out of place. Not one of my patients or their family have ever questionned the role I play in their healthcare so I guess caps don't make the nurse.
  6. by   semiller36545
    No way , no how.
  7. by   justme1972
    I am a sucker for tradition. Tradition is part of what makes certain things in life special and meaningful.

    I totally agree that wearing the cap while working is nutty. However, I think it's a shame that they were abandoned for pinning ceremonies at many schools, because to me, the pinning marks you entering a profession with a long-standing tradition.

    Can you imagine going to your regular graduation with a cap and gown and one day, the caps with the tassels being "obsolete" because "no one wanted to wear them anymore"?

    I can't...the visions of hundreds of students moving their tassel over as they walked across the stage, or tossing their caps in the air after graduation...all of that would be lost.

    I believe that "feeling" got lost when these schools dropped formal, traditional uniforms for pinning as well as dropping the hats. Without them, it just seems like a glorified tea party.
    Last edit by justme1972 on Aug 19, '07
  8. by   CyndieRN2007
    I would wear one.
  9. by   zooz
    My vote falls into the "No way!" category.

    I could not, would not, wear a cap.
  10. by   DutchgirlRN
    I have worn one "years" ago. I would wear a cap again. I would not go back to wearing all white.
  11. by   EricJRN
    When they come out with the baseball cap for nurses, sign me up.
  12. by   loricatus
    No way would I have even gone to Nursing School if I would have to wear a cap while at work; and, especially so if I had to wear the white dress uniform! In no way do I mean to offend the traditionalists with what I am about to write (I respect them and understand where they are coming from); but, I wouldn't go to my pinning ceremony or graduation because I felt Nursing School's purpose should have been more like job training than indoctrination into a culture. I realized just before graduation that I was so poorly prepared for this profession by my university, that I wanted to distance myself from them as much as possible. I now regret some of my attitude then, not all of it.
  13. by   DutchgirlRN
    Quote from EricEnfermero
    When they come out with the baseball cap for nurses, sign me up.
    Eric, I have to agree with you...you would look rather silly in a nursing cap bud!