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A Scranton nurse still wears the traditional uniform every single day!

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Uniform? Check. No jewelry? Check. Nurse’s cap? Check! Nurse Leona Campbell of Scranton, Pa., still wears the traditional nursing uniform—the same one in use when she entered the profession more than four decades ago!

For Campbell, the cap is a point of pride; she says patients respect her decision and it helps her “do [her] job better.”

Would you like to return to the days of nursing caps and all-white uniforms? Or are you glad to don your colorful scrubs and keep your head bare?

Source: http://thetimes-tribune.com/lifestyles-people/scranton-woman-wears-nurse-s-uniform-with-pride-for-41-years-1.1268427#axzz1mH2QNOCS

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15 Responses to A Scranton nurse still wears the traditional uniform every single day!

  1. kjkamk RN

    No way! Impractical white and caps are not needed anymore.

  2. KJPenrose

    There is a reason nurses don’t wear caps anymore, caps were cultured and it was found that there was alot of bacteria growing on them. I think having a cap for graduation is nice but nurses should not wear them due to infection control reasons.

  3. catherine RN

    I respect her decision to keep on wearing white and her cap. I personally wouldn’t mind wearing white, but i do thinks its impracticle and by the end of the day i would look unprofessional because i would be a mess! To each her own i guess!

  4. PatriceMarie

    Nursing caps–NO. They get in the way and have pulled more of my short hair out already. Whites?? Maybe. We have gotten sloppy and almost rude w/ our colored uniforms. We can still wear cute stuff for kids and colorful stuff for adults, but too many times I see way to “cutsie” stuff on adults and it looks inappropriate for the nurse and for the clients she is caring for. Personally, I wear either white or black bottoms and a conservative, but colorful top that matches.

  5. Granny RN RN

    I completely respect and understand this nurse’s desire to wear ‘vintage’. Those of us who had to EARN the right to wear our schools’ cap know what that means. It is also true that patients StILL identify the white uniform and traditional cap with Real Nurses. The scrubs, as one respondent noted, have become embarrassing when people wear worn-out, too tight, mismatched, etc.
    Infection control? The CDC also cultured nurses’ nails and found that all kinds of nasty things live under anything which has chipped polish or is artificial. Also rings including the plain wedding band cultured out nasties. How many nurses do you see wearing a ring on every finger AND artificial nails to go with them?
    The CDC also studied physicians’ NECKTIES and recommended that they not be worn in patient areas because they also carry Germs. How many hospitals can you count which have ‘outlawed’ the wearing of neckties by MDs and medical students? None that I have seen because doctors do not ‘cave in’ to such directives if they choose to keep doing what they have always done. And, as most are ‘Contractors’ and not hospital employees, they can decide to take their business and patients elsewhere, and no hospital is going to ‘push the issue’ with them when $$ are at stake!

  6. essarge RN

    I have very STRONG feelings regarding uniforms and badges. First of all, I feel that in every institution nurses need to be recognized….not blended with the rest of the staff. I have run into MANY cna’s that lead pt’s to believe that they are nurses. I feel that, nurses should have the right to where what they want…they earned it. The rest should be color coordinated!! My second pet peeve is badges. While mine states that I am an RN, it is written so small that I can barely read it. I consider my badge my “office wall” and want recognition for my BSN, and the certifications that I have earned …. I will step off my soap box now!

  7. Abby Student

    I have a hard enough time keeping my hair looking decent, a cap would just fall off. How did they stay on with a nurse running to codes, bending…

    • PSRN

      Caps stayed on your head because they were secured to your head via the brain patch that you wore underneath the cap. Only got mine knocked sideways a couple of times. I didn’t run to codes as I worked ICU-CCU and we were always having codes. I did run in the unit when I had to and my cap never came off.

  8. jmvnurse RN

    The nursing hats were eliminated because of aseptic purposes. If they were disposable it would be ok.

    • PSRN

      I think this fact, that they carried bacteria, has been refuted. Generally, they just fell out of favor and I’m not exactly sure why. If it was due to bacteria then no nurse would wear his/her uniform to work – they’d wear street clothes and change into their uniforms at work as a uniform worn to the hospital also carries plenty of bacteria. As one article I read about the cap says ” It has many hallmarks as it projects symbolism, represents dedicated professionals of the noblest of professions, and it implies respect, dedication, dignity, education, and compassion”. Why look like every other job in the hospital when you can stand out as a nurse!

  9. Sue RN

    Your cap is your “Dignity”! You are known on sight who you are. No questions here. Like someone else said jewelry, long nails, and chipped polish are notorioys bacteria carriers. Also “whites” are a symbol of nurses. No question here you are. You can use bleach, peroxide=, etc. here to keep them clean unlike colored scrubs. Here also you don’t have to learn each facilitys color code to learn who is coming into your room. That comes from being on the wrong side of the siderail!

  10. cmern

    If someone chooses to wear the traditional uniform for what ever reason I have no problems with that. I do not want to be forced to wear something that I am uncomfortable with. I could never do a cap, I don’t like anything on my head. As for white, I have worked for several organizations that insist on white. Brand new tiny nursing students look really cute in them. The rest look like yellow or gray snow balls depending on their wash water. Lord help the poor nurse who a little more curve or endowed. I am comfortable in solid colored dark scrubs. Navy blue seems to compliment everyone male and female. I feel professional and not worried since they tend not to look ragged or dirty through out the shift as white can get in a 12 hour shift.

  11. PSRN

    I like to see a cap. Only rarely have I gotten my cap caught on an IV pole or a respirator. I can understand if you went to a school where they did not wear a cap why bother? A cap is not only associated with the look of a nurse but is reflective of the school that she attended. Yes, bring back the cap for those of us who want to wear them.

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