Student Nursing & Nursing Caps

  1. After years of students not wanting to wear caps, our
    faculty are now confronted by students who WANT to
    wear caps/hats again!

    I don't agree, I HAD to wear mine as both a student
    and staff nurse back in the 70's & 80's. I still say
    NO CAPS!

    What do you all think? Do you wear them?
    Do you want to? Are they mandatory at your school?

  2. Poll: Students: Nursing Caps/Hats??

    • Want to wear nursing cap/hat?

      25.64% 10
    • DO NOT want to wear nursing cap/hat?

      71.79% 28
    • Mandatory at my school to wear?

      2.56% 1
    39 Votes
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  4. by   dianacs
    I voted NO, because they don't hold any special meaning for me. Maybe if I was older and could actually recall nurses wearing them, who knows. Also, it seems to me that nursing is trying to formulate a new image, so why go back to the past?
  5. by   Love-A-Nurse
    "want to wear nursing cap/hat?"

    my vote is, yes. i love hats and would wear them without any problems.
  6. by   babynursewannab
    No way! If you saw the fry box my school used to make the students wear on their heads....I swear you'd be handing me salt and ketchup!
  7. by   nursing 101
    No way... Why should we have to wear caps? What were their meaning anyway back in the days? I mean were they some type of protection? (just asking). Leave the caps alone! The uniforms are enough in my opinion!
  8. by   Furball
    Ick...makes nurses look like offense to maids intended.

    I think we should wear fatigues and military berets.....would kinda fit todays environment in hospitals.....battle.
  9. by   Mkue
    I think they look so professional, on the other hand, wearing a cap for 12+ hours might get kinda old.

    I would wear one and wouldn't have any problems.
  10. by   AppyHorseFan
    yuck!!! i voted no!!! i look absolutely horrible in any type of hat. the white uniform i have to wear is bad enough, please don't let them add to my misery!!!

  11. by   StudentSandra
    I voted no, but since I'm OLD I will have one of my graduation pictures taken WITH a cap.
  12. by   GPatty
    I must be old too...I did have my pic taken with mine on!
    I love it and wish nurses would go back to white AND caps!!!
  13. by   nursenoelle
    my school just 2 yrs ago decided that caps were unsanitary (duh) so we did not have to wear them, thank you Lord- I hear that they are kind of uncomfortable. But I must admit that I like all white, in my facility, i get " Oh there's the nurse" it distinguishes nurse from unliscensed personel. I wear prints still, but so does housekeeping, dietary, office personel, etc. Maybe we should get color coded scrubs....
  14. by   mrh1953
    I graduated from a school with a frilly cap that was a bother to maintain, expensive to replace, and difficult to keep on one's head (particularly when working in the ortho units).

    I agree with other posters that there should be some sort of outfit that distinguishes nurses from other professionals and non-professionals, but I don't think the cap is the way to go. Sure, it's still a symbol of nursing (hey, check out the Hallmark get-well cards), but it's outdated and no longer necessary.

    I think the caps were meant to show what school a person had attended as well as indicate that we were not common maids but, rather, glorified maids! The nursing school pin is distinctive enough for those who are curious about educational backgrounds.


  15. by   studentOH
    I want one.