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									                     HERD VOLUME 3, NUMBER 2, PP 7-12 COPYRIGHT ©2010 VENDOME GROUP, LLC   Editor’s Column

Nurses’ Caps, Ballgames, and
Hard Hats
Jaynelle F. Stichler, DNSc, RN, FACHE, FAAN, EDAC

What do nurses’ caps, ballgames,                                        tals to care for the sick and dying.
and hard hats have in common? Not                                       In this role nurses wore a veil as a
much, but there is a common theme                                       symbol of servitude and submission
among the three. Nurses’ caps rep-                                      to a higher order in the church. Lat-
resent an image of nursing that has                                     er, nurses were subordinate to phy-
long since faded away. Nursing as a                                     sicians who gave “doctors’ orders”
profession and nurses themselves are                                    to direct the nurse’s work in patient
different these days. Ballgames repre-                                  care and to create the boundaries
sent an example of teamwork among                                       of nursing practice. Critical think-
players, each with a different skill set                                ing, autonomy, and self-direction
                                           Jaynelle F. Stichler, DNSc,
and role to play to ensure an optimal         RN, FACHE, FAAN           in clinical practice were not deemed
outcome for the game. Hard hats conjure up an appropriate, and in fact, would be considered
image of construction and are used for safety, poor performance (D’Antonio, 2007). These
protection, and in some cases identification of same behaviors today are regarded as critical to
the person wearing the hard hat and his or her ensure optimal patient outcomes (Institute of
company. Putting these three things together Medicine, 2003) and role satisfaction for nurses
creates an image of the contemporary nurse as a (Sengin, 2003). In magnet designated hospitals,
critical member of a design team from the begin- noted for their exemplary work environments,
ning of the planning process until construction healthcare leaders strive to ensure the empower-
is completed.                                              ment of nurses through collaborative governance
                                                           structures and shared leadership, and clinical as
From Nurse’s Cap to Design Team                            well as nurse leaders are involved in all aspects of
Member                                                     decision making related to patient care and the
The nurse’s cap is a remnant of a time when nurs- professional practice of nursing (Laschinger &
es were part of a religious order serving in hospi- Finnegan, 2005; Manojlovich, 2005).

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