Nursing Uniforms Through Time

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Nursing Uniforms Through Time

Modern scrubs are practical, but there was something elegant about the nursing uniforms of ages past

By Elizabeth Hanink, RN, BSN, PHN

Modern scrubs are practical, cheap and easy to care for, but there was something elegant about the nursing uniforms of ages past: long, floor-sweeping skirts; beautifully crisp aprons; neat cuffs; high collars; and of course white nurse’s caps. Traditional starched white uniforms are rarely seen today except in period dramas, but they’re still an important part of our profession’s history and visual iconography. Laundry Day When I was ...

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