Nursing Cap case in the Atrium of LaSalle University
The nurse’s cap originated in the early Christian Era as a head covering for deaconesses that cared for the sick. During the 1800’s, head coverings evolved into the more familiar white cap that was first used by Florence Nightingale.
Around 1874, the Bellevue Training School in New York City adopted a special nursing cap to identify nurses who had graduated from Bellevue.
Other nursing schools also developed unique caps as a way to identify the graduate nurse and her school of nursing. The cap collection consists of 85 caps on display and continues to grow.
The Museum of Nursing History’s large nursing cap collection which showcases different styles of nursing caps worn throughout the decades. See the cap collection at the Museum housed at La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA.Johns Hopkins Hospital – Graduate Johns Hopkins Hospital – Student
Philadelphia General Hospital – double frill Williamsport Hospital
Penn State University Philadelphia School District Student LPN
Fairleigh-Dickinson University LPN Philadlelphia School District
Thomas Jefferson University – Student Pennsylvania General Hopital
First year student cap Bucks County Grandview Philadalphia General Hospital School of Nursing-student cap
Montgomery County Community College Donated by Catherine Harman (Unkown Origin)
Misericordia Hospital school of Nursing Bryn Mawr
Unknown Henry Street Settlement House, NYC
Episcopal Hospital, Philadelphia Easton Hospital School of Nursing
Our Lady of Angels Our Lady of Angels
Unknown University of Pennsylvania BSN program
Potmac Valley Hospital School of Nursing
Gift from Elma Wilcox St Marys Hospital
Hunter College Hunter Bellevue School of Nursing (NYC) Hospital of University of Pennsylvania
Thomas Jefferson University Graduate Cap Grand View Hospital
Mt. Sinai, NYC Germantown Hospital
Mt. Sinai – Philadelphia
Pictures taken at the Museum of Nursing History in 2008 by Susan Fuchs.