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

Cap - Sir Mortimer B. Davis Jewish General Hospital School of Nursing, Montreal, Quebec - 2001.108.1

Cap - Freemasons Hospital School of Nursing, Morden, Manitoba - 1999.267.64 - CD2001-60-043

Evolution of the Nurse's Cap

Design Variations

There were many design variations. One design that was occasionally used may be based on a mortarboard or naval cap. In the nurse's cap from a Jewish Hospital in Montreal, the almost square crown flares to a point at centre front, which refers to the flame from Florence Nightingale's famous lantern (2001.108.1). A unique shaped cap, possibly based on the fez, was designed for the hospital founded by the Freemasons in Morden, Manitoba (1999.267.64).


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