YOU KNOW IT'S THE AUTHENTIC NURSE CAP
"TWO BUTTON BACK CAP
WITH TWO BLACK STRIPES
I HAVE 4 DIFFERENT STYLE CAPS
1. ONE BUTTON CAP
2. TWO BUTTON BACK CAP
3. TWO BUTTON BACK CAP WITH ONE BLACK STRIPE
4. TWO BUTTON BACK CAP WITH TWO BLACK STRIPES
IF YOU ARE A NEW UPCOMING NURSE,
OR THE EXPERIENCED NURSE...
YOU KNOW THIS IS THE AUTHENTIC
TRADITIONAL NURSE'S CAP.
THE ORIGINAL NURSE RECEIVED HER CAP FROM GRADUATING NURSE'S SCHOOL-- IT WAS WORN ON THE BACK OF THE HEAD WITH PRIDE!!!
History of the stripe on Nurse's Cap
If you look at various nursing history books and websites, the cap actually came from a utility standpoint. Lice, scabies and a multitude of other infestations were commonplace in the late 1800s, when the first actual nurse training programs began (Bellevue, New Haven, Mass General). Women were the majority of students then and most of them had the traditionally long hair of the day. To keep their hair from becoming infested, they placed it in a bun and covered it with a "cap" to keep it clean. As nursing and hairstyles evolved, so did the caps. Shorter and more easily washable hairstyles dictated that the caps be less utility and more "looks" oriented...they even became more of an authority symbol, NOT an opression symbol as some crazy nurse cap haters put it. Most nurses were PROUD of their caps, not OPPRESSED by it (heavens!). Schools and graduates took great pride in developing different styles of caps and graduation pins that identified and showed the pride of their graduates.
The placing of a velvet or other material band on the cap is a little more elusive. History texts tell us that it could have been a military or religious influence. There is one reference about the use of a black band indicating the memory of Florence Nightingale also. A black band horizontally on the cuff of the cap indicated a "gradute" nurse and bands placed at other angles on caps indicated various levels of student nurses as discussed. As time went on, schools started placing different colors of stripes that may or may not correspond to their school colors. Some had one stripe, some had two and others had three...some schools had no stripes on their graduate caps. Some schools also had one style cap for student nurses and then another completely different style as their graduate nurse cap to distinguish the difference. The traditional color for a registered nurse cap stripe is black...the BSN never did have a separate blue stripe to distinguish a BSN but some collegiate schools may well have used blue or other colors instead of black.
LPN caps have different colors of stripes also, but never black...only RN cap stripes were black. Some of the LPN schools in this area have navy blue, pink, red, gray, and turquoise. Usually the LPN caps have more pastel or brighter colors and the RN caps have darker colors, but again, that is usually school dependent. My school had rounded corners on the cap cuff, 2 buttons in back, and a hunter green stripe horizontally on the cap at graduation...before graduation there was one green stripe vertically at the edge of the cuff for each year in the program...4 by the time you were a senior! Another BSN program in the area had a completely round cuff that looked like a bowl, one button in back, and a wide dark brown stripe with a narrow orange stripe over the brown one...again, school colors. An ADN school in the area has a very wide pointed cuff, six buttons in back, and a wide black stripe with a red stripe over top of the black one...it is really variable today...if the school even has a cap. Some only wear them for graduation or pinning.
As someone mentioned, even though the caps look nice and appear professional and will ALWAYS be a symbol of Nursing, they are unfortunately impractical today. They have been studied and found to be a source of infection ( which is ironic as they were developed to deter infestation originally) with some peolpe who are less than hygenic with them and they can be uncomfortable for some people to wear also. But ask most graduates from 1990 or before... they were mostly viewed as a source of pride by their wearers and were not a sign of oppression by any means...I feel that point is something invented by nurses who really want to be physicians and do anything they can to ruin the history of our great profession. Our great Armed Forces of the US stand ready to serve and protect while wearing very rigid uniforms...I don't think any of them feel anything but pride in their uniforms!
Google "history of the nurse's cap" sometime and read some of the fascinating history behind them and their schools. They are a fading relic of the past today....the school pin is becoming less and less important today too...sad but true.
THIS CAP IS A NEW CAP AND IS VERY WHITE AND STARCHED CRISP.
IT IS BRAND NEW WITH TAGS-- NEVER WORN
THIS WOULD BE A GREAT GIFT FOR ANY NEW NURSING STUDENT AS A SYMBOL OF HER HARD WORK!
I CAN SUPPLY YOUR GRADUATION CLASS OR A PLAY
IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO FIND WHITE BOBBY PENS TO HOLD YOUR CAP SECURE . LET ME KNOW WENT YOU WANT TO ADD THEM TO YOUR ORDER.
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