Return to Menu Symbol of a Profession: One Hundred Years of Nurses' Caps

Evolution of the Nurse's Cap

Hospital Uniforms

Each hospital designed its own uniform. A lot of thought went into the image the hospital wished to convey, and the resulting designs reflect sometimes contradictory messages about nursing as a profession. The designs alternately conveyed servitude, yet authority, domestic service, yet professionalization. They were meant to be simply functional, yet were also emblematic.

Graduating class, Cornwall General Hospital School of Nursing, 1918

Graduating Class, 1918


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