The St. Elizabeth School of Nursing held its annual recognition ceremony on Oct. 14. The ceremony was held to celebrate the progress student nurses have made in their nursing studies. During the ceremony female students receive a cap and male students receive a pin.
Although the nursing cap is rarely worn by registered nurses in today's practice, it is still one of the most recognized symbols of nursing. The cap’s original purpose was to keep the nurse’s hair neatly in place and present a modest appearance.
“The ceremony is a wonderful tradition that students look forward to every year,” says Dr. Michelle Gerrety, director of St. Elizabeth School of Nursing. “Each step of the process to becoming a nurse is important. Being capped or pinned is an honor and tradition that we proudly continue as part of our St. Elizabeth nursing program.”