, not hats, and the one you're describing used to be referred to as "the Bellevue fluff" (isn't that a great nickname for it??
) because it was originally the cap of the Bellevue Hospital (NYC) school, one of the first three legitimate, Nightingale model, schools of nursing in the United States. (However, lots of other schools have adopted the same cap over the years.) It has a rich and proud history.
However, I've never heard of a hospital requiring all its nurses to wear a particular cap -- it's schools
that have official caps, and, if you're going to wear a cap, you should be wearing the cap of your school
, not your employer
... I had no idea there were any hospitals left that still required caps (let alone, a hospital that dictates which cap you must wear!)
I am, apparently, one of the last nurses in the country that doesn't have a problem with caps -- I've worked in psych most of my career and have generally worn street clothes but, to this day, if I'm in a situation that calls for wearing "whites," I wear my cap.