I’m also a nurse and have dressed at work a few times. I had forgotten these experiences till you asked and they all came flooding back to me in a rush !
I trained in the PMRAFNS 70’s and worked in a surgical ward over xmas one year. The ward sister had a tradition that one of the student nurses had to be the ward sister on xmas day – I was the only student that week so was given the chance to wear a Sisters uniform…white dress, white low heels and a ‘tippet’ with the sisters shoulder wide flat hat, not the most practical of uniforms but very traditional for the RAF nursing services to wear. The sister worked in my white smock top and white trousers for the day and was a great sport – (no patients were harmed during the day as far as I can remember )
It was all done in good tase and humour with all the team joining in the fun, and the patients enjoyed the day talking the Mickey out of me, but I was in the uniform all day !(no idea how hard it was to keep the hat on though – it too loads and loads of hair grips !! )
Some time after I started living full time and was issued with a uniform for the intensive care unit I worked on in Wimbledon, I only wore it a couple of times when I was on nights when they were short staffed on other wards, but wore scrubs most of the time as it was an ITU, so tended to look more androgynous than fem but with light make up.
I have a photo of me in a traditional nurses uniform in my photo folder which I wore to a vintage event some time ago …
Sister Wyvern SRN