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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). HERD Vol. 3, No. 2 WINTER 2010 • HEALTH ENVIRONMENTS RESEARCH & DESIGN JOURNAL 7 Editor’
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