Three Historical Facts about Scrub Hats You Probably Don’t Know April 30 2013

Scrub hats are fast becoming an accessory that every medical professional can’t live without as part of everyday working attire. While many nurses find the modern head wear a little on the absurd side fashion wise, it is a far cry from the original nurse cap that was heavy starched into submission.

The history of scrub hats is an interesting tale in the evolution of sanitary wear for nursing and medical staff. Here are three historical secrets most wearers may not be aware of but definitely should. If only for the sake of learning appreciation for the modern equivalent that allows for a unique sense of fashionable style in or out of the hospital.

Religious Attire, Oh My!

Medical staff originally wore religious habits as part of their attire when treating patients. Because most medical facilities were run by religious monks and nuns, their head coverings were chosen to allow for a modest profile to keep in line with their humble lifestyles.

Stiff, White and Tidy

By the 1800s, women dominated the nursing profession. It was during this time that the traditional nursing cap became standard issue for all personnel. The white, starched cap came in short and long sizes to keep nurses and their tresses looking in tip top shape while treating patients.

Keeping up with Modern Times

In the 1940s scrubs became more prevalent in hospitals. The need for an antiseptic environment made head coverings a requirement especially during surgery. Even men wore full face hats to cover facial hair. As medical uniforms evolved into mandatory attire so too did scrub hat wear increase in popularity. By this century, nurses, doctors and other medical professionals developed a penchant for wearing hats that display their own unique personal style.

From pirate style caps to bouffant pleats and chignons, the fashionable designs of today’s scrub hats make them necessary attire to provide good looks while making the rounds.