NC - Traditional Nurse Cap by MOBB

NC - Traditional Nurse Cap by MOBB

NC - Traditional Nurse Cap by MOBB

We have the hard-to-find traditional nurse's hat you've been looking for in stock. Classic white nurse cap, the perfect complement to all traditional nurse uniforms. Perfect for everyday use and Graduation. This classic one-button nursing graduation cap is used throughout the country at your pinning and capping ceremonies. Features a one-button back closure, crisp, permanent no-starch finish. Bright White.

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History of the Nurse’s Cap in Canada

The evolution in the design of nurses' caps, from nun's coif, to no cap, reflects the history of nursing in Canada. The first nurses to come to Canada from Europe were The Hospitalières, a Roman Catholic nursing order, who arrived in Quebec in 1639 to establish a medical mission that expanded to become the Hôtel-Dieu Hospital. They introduced the first formal apprenticeship training in nursing in North America. Nursing nuns had no special headdress for nursing, but wore the coifs that were part of their habit.

A Coif
The British colonies did not have the organized approach to health care that New France had. Nursing was done informally by female family members, with the occasional consultation by a physician. The few hospitals employed charwomen who provided patients with rudimentary health care. While they often brought useful experience to their work, they were often viewed as slovenly, lazy and drunken. Whether these women worked in patients' homes, or in hospitals, they wore their everyday clothes. Most working women at that time wore a white cap, but there was no special "nursing" cap.

A revolution in medical practice by the mid-nineteenth century had a profound effect on nursing. At the same time, Florence Nightingale developed a system to train "respectable" women in nursing, which served as a model in English Canada. The first nurse training programme based on the hospital apprenticeship model was established in 1874 in St. Catharines, Ontario. Nurses who graduated from these training programmes were, for the first time, required to wear uniforms to distinguish them from their untrained competitors.

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