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I wonder if the one man sitting in the class was a student, or waiting to lecture. If he was a student it was unheard of back then, men weren't becoming nurses to any extent before the 70's, and few of them even then.
It was nice when nurses wore white uniforms and caps which told you which hospital had trained them. Now, with everybody wearing scrubs, I don't know if you're here to take my vitals or mop the floor. (Although I'll admit, male nurses look silly with white caps.) And Fish, there were a number of male nurses as early as the mid-60s, but almost all members of the military, rather than civilian.
Actually. I did know that. I was in VN in the mid-sixties, and I knew nurses that thad started out as corpsmen, and gotten schooling. There was one at MCAS DaNang who taught me a lot, a kid, with minimal training. I was the only one in med school who'd ever done a suture, a triage, and CPR. You're correct.
My mom was an RN and so proud of her cap with the black stripe from the Halstead Kansas school of nursing, class of 1923! Dr. Hertzler was there then. He wrote "The Horse and Buggy Doctor" and "The Doctor and His Patients."
Caps are for waitresses and maids. Maintaining white uniforms and a cap is time consuming and silly. Being a professional nurse myself for the past 40 years, I do not miss having to deal with all that. It might interest you to know that since the 1970's medical school classes have evolved to about fifty percent female while nursing classes have remained the usual three to five percent male. Go figure.