National nurses week goes vintage

Nurses at St. David’s South Austin Hospital are stepping into vintage to mark the first day of National Nurses Week:

For the second consecutive year, nurses at St. David’s South Austin Hospital will wear white uniforms and nurses’ caps on the first day of National Nurses Week to address historic nursing traditions. For example, black stripes on traditional nurses’ caps were once reserved solely for Registered Nurses. (

Why, you may ask, are nurses donning Nightingalean get ups to mark National Nurses Week?  Sally Gillam, Chief Nursing Officer at St. David’s South Austin Hospital says:

“Our profession is one with a long history…in looking back at the heritage of the nursing profession, we can better understand the demands of modern-day nursing.”



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3 Responses to National nurses week goes vintage

  1. Erica

    I really think people appreciate the “historic traditions” of nursing. I know nurses who still wears the “white dresses” and the patients love it! They can actually identify the RN!

  2. I think the “vintage” uniforms are fun – not that I would want to wear them every day! I do know that a lot of the nursing schools in my area have students wear more traditional garb for their pinning ceremony. Some more traditional than others (I’ve seen girls in white dresses with white stockings and caps) or just caps and white uniform scrubs (guys too!). I think it’s a neat way to show a sense of pride in the history of this amazing profession. Too bad I can’t get my class to agree to it for our pinning!

  3. I think it is wonderful that Nurses take pride in their dress. I am an old OR Nurse and I worked very hard for that cap that now sits in a hat box. I think it terrible that Nurses don’t wear them anymore. I was and still am very proud each day that I get dressed. I still wear support white stockings and those old ugly Clinic Oxfords and polish them and wash the strings, but no doubt who is the nurse in the room most of the time. Joy Eary