Nursing is a very special type of job that takes a very special type of person.
Florence Nightingale said of this time-honored profession: “Nursing is an art: and if it is to be made an art, it requires an exclusive devotion as hard a preparation, as any painter’s or sculptor’s work; for what is the having to do with dead canvas or dead marble, compared with having to do with the living body, the temple of God’s spirit? It is one of the Fine Arts: I had almost said, the finest of Fine Arts.”
In the early days of nursing, it was one of the few professions a woman was allowed to pursue. Since then, many aspects of nursing have changed — like these rules for nurses— the most visible of which is the uniform itself.
Scroll through the images below to see just how different today’s colorful scrubs are from the huge dresses, aprons, and caps nurses used to wear!
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In the early 1900s, many styles featured a button-down top with pointy collars. A white bib covered the nurse’s torso down to the waist, where the bib’s folds were gathered and let down as a giant, floor-length apron.
World War I brought about great changes in the nursing uniform, however. Nurses had to be fast and able to provide quick care, so pockets were added and sleeves were made to be rolled up for easier movement.