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Answers to the "How Much Do You Know About the Nursing Cap?" Quiz

Answers to the "How Much Do You Know About the Nursing Cap?" Quiz

Scrubs Magazine

September 14, 2010

Why was the nursing cap such a cherished accessory in the early decades of nursing? Do you think you know what inspired the first design and what that mysterious black band stood for? Test your knowledge and find out some facts you may not have known.

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    about 4 years ago


    the starch was true however the sugar water was not.

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    about 4 years ago


    starch was and is currently used to stiffen a nurse's cap in the Philippines. this particular item warrants further research and/or modification.

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    over 4 years ago

    Question 9 regarding using starch as a stiffener for caps is TRUE ... circa 1944.

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    over 4 years ago


    I enjoyed this very much. as a nurse who transitioned into the less traditional way of nursing i am one who rbelievess that the cap , though not as functional now, is an honor that has gone by the wayside. That white cap with the black stripe on it was a distinction of honor and of something well earned, as many of the nurses will say who have preceeded me. Those were the nurses who earned every peice of their uniform while in school . Then the school a nurse graduated from was recognized by the cap she wore much like the class ring today. Today there is no longer a place in the work place for the cap however there is something to be said for the nurse in a starched white uniform doned with a white cap with that black band.

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