Nurse's Cap

This organdy nurse's cap was worn by Elizabeth Brizindine, a 1945 graduate of the Johns Hopkins Hospital School of Nursing. Most nursing schools had their own distinct caps which were given out upon graduation. They were often a point of pride, a prestigious symbol designating ones academic credentials, not unlike t-shirts or sweatshirts with the name of one's university emblazoned across the chest. Once men entered the nursing profession in greater numbers in the early 1970s, caps became less important and are now considered a memento for those graduate nurses who choose to purchase them.
Currently not on view
Date made
ca 1945
place made
United States: Maryland, Baltimore
Physical Description
organdy (overall material)
ruffling (edging material)
organdy (overall material)
overall: 5 in x 7 in x 5 1/2 in; 12.7 cm x 17.78 cm x 13.97 cm
overall, as stored in box: 6 1/4 in x 7 7/8 in x 8 in; 15.875 cm x 20.0025 cm x 20.32 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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