History of Nursing Uniforms

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What is the history of nursing uniforms?

History of Nursing Uniforms

In 1860, The Nightingale Training School for Nurses opens at St. Thomas's Hospital in London. Nursing is recognized as an honorable profession. Nurses uniforms tended to be nearly floor-length dresses with very long pinafore-type white aprons (they weren't like the bib-front aprons of the 1950's, but had side straps that went over the shoulders), the dresses had long sleeves with starched white collars and cuffs. Some had starched bows around the neck instead. Caps were frilly and were often kept in place by ties under the chin.

   

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