WARREN - For the 38 years that she has worked at Trumbull Memorial Hospital, Betty Yuricek has always worn the same style of nurse's cap and uniform that for many years was quite common among all nursing staff.
As times have change, the caps and uniforms have started to be seen less and less.
While Yuricek and one other nurse at TMH wear their outfits and are often complimented about them by patients and visitors, the hospital is currently showcasing the history of the different style nursing uniforms, with displays set up on various floors off the main elevators of the outfits from the 1920s to the present. Information about the time period for nurses is also included.
Yuricek, who is a licensed practical nurse, said she has always enjoyed wearing the LPN white uniform and light blue cap, and has several dozen at home.
"Each school had their own style caps and colors for their graduates. Mine was light blue with licensed practical nurse on it," she said.
"There isn't a day that I don't hear at least one or two comments from someone. They are so thrilled to see the cap and uniform, not only the patients, but by members of the patient's families,'' she said.
Andrew Davis, nursing manager, said Yuricek ''is always professional both in her delivery and care of the patients and her manners and her attire.''
Davis said "there is a segment of our patient population, especially the older population, who enjoy the cap and uniform and feel very comfortable around Betty."
Yuricek said back in 1974 it was mandatory that the caps and uniforms be worn, but times have changed within the profession with more males in nursing. She said she sees the nursing uniforms and caps in older movies and from such television shows as ''Emergency,'' which ran in the 1970s.
The secret to keeping the cap in place is a bobby pin, she said.