I Wore My Nursing Cap to Work Yesterday!

  1. Well, it was Halloween and I would have like to have dressed up but no costumes allowed. Ok, I'll be a nurse. I wore all white and my cap. It was so much fun. The younger nurses were so impressed and freaked the older nurses were like "oh my gosh I never thought I'd see another one of those around here". Everyone commented and it was great fun.

    The younger docs said "I've heard about those days, now nurse get my coffee" and were teasing me. The older docs said "I remember those days and you look very nice, very nice indeed". The patients all got a kick out of it too. One said are you a tech pretending to be a nurse? No I'm a nurse being a nurse.

    I truely think it's sad that we don't wear our caps anymore. I never want to go back to all white. It's a real pain. It was nice having everyone know that I was the nurse. Now a days the patients can't tell one dept from another. The nurses cap really makes you stand out as a professional.
  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Just wearing the cap on graduation day for a couple of hours with 4 bobby pins was a pain.

    Being 5'10" raised that cap to the sky. Which meant it was bumped against everything low. Dark edges on it by the end of the day. And it's TMI, but it smelled like sweat as well.

    I think i'll stick with my scrub bonnet.

    If others wear it, it's there choice. But my professionalism exists in my attitude, demeanor, clean appearence, skills, and large letters with my job title.
  4. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    Well, I'm not going to rain on your parade, DutchgirlRN! I would have loved to been there! Heck, I would have worn mine with you (if I was a nurse! ...lol)

    I wish they would go back to the hats....back when a nurse was a respected occupation by the community. ....We can leave the disrespect from the Dr's in the past, though. LOL

    Good for you....set a trend! Make all of your nurses wear them!!!
  5. by   dianah
    I've worn the white dress, white hose, white shoes and white hat (with hair properly pinned up, off the neck!) before -- yes, on Halloween. I got the same reactions you did: patients LOVED it, the older MDs ALWAYS had a positive comment about it -- -- the nurses I encountered, after a first glance and then a second, with "Whaaaaaaaaaaat?????" on their faces, would always grin when I explained it was my "costume" for Halloween.

    And yes, I agree, the hats do command more respect, but they're an infection control liability, IMO. Tough to keep clean (I recall time spent scrubbing mine when I was in nursing school). I'll bet you looked cute.
  6. by   Jessy_RN
    I too would have loved to join you if I was a nurse. Glad you brought a smile to some ppl on Halloween.
  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Hey cool, if it makes ya feel good, WEAR IT!
  8. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    Hey cool, if it makes ya feel good, WEAR IT!

    lol SmilingBluEyes. Does that mean you wouldn't ever?