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45 Nurse Graduation Cap Ideas (NICU, ER, Pediatric, OB & More)

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Graduation Cap Ideas Nursing Majors Will Love

happy graduating nurse making a heart out of a stethoscope
via Twenty20/@lausmi24

Congrats to you!

Whether you’re about to graduate, OR you’ve just been accepted into nursing school:

It was no easy task.

Getting in, finishing it, and everything in between takes diligence. Nurse life is, to say the least, busy.

As a result, the time between clinicals and finishing your program is precious. Little things, like finding cute nurse graduation cap ideas, have a way of falling by the wayside.

Since your free is limited:

I put together a post to help you out. I present to you 45 graduation cap ideas for nursing majors. You can easily zip through for some great inspiration!

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Nurse Grad Cap Decorations

Please enjoy these funny, charming and creative graduation cap decoration ideas for nurses. Above all, they’re a wonderful way to commemorate all of the hard work you put in.

pink nurse grad cap decoration that reads, "vaccinate your kids"
Credit: reddit/@louuuness

Hah! But really, though. In light of recent years events, this is a great reminder.


jewel decorated BSN nurse grad cap example
Credit: Instagram/@j_e_n_n_a_l

Bedazzle your BSN cap like this for some added flair. I bet it looks extra AMAZING when the sun hits it just right.


grey's anatomy quote nurse graduation cap decoration
Credit: Twitter/@SageSargeant

This Grey’s Anatomy inspired design is sparkly, yellow happiness. It’s always a beautiful day to graduate!


nurse graduation cap decoration ideas example
Credit: Twitter/@taylorroseryn

I love caps that are unique and really like this one.


BSN nurse grad cap example 4
Credit: Instagram/@victoriasmonograms

Giving credit where credit is due. Let them know who you are now and that you’re proud of it.


RN 2020 decorated graduation cap "year of the nurse"
Credit: K’s Krafty Corner

This one is absolutely adorable! The color scheme is so pleasing.

P.S. if you love this cap you can get the exact same one here!


the one where I become a nurse decorated cap for graduation
Credit: Twitter/@jesscolglazier

Friends obsessed friends! This one’s for you!


coffee, scrubs, & rubber gloves nursing cap decoration
Credit: Twitter/@justbriyonce_

White on black with some cute flowers thrown on. A simple yet beautiful idea for those who are strapped for time.


nurse graduation cap that reads, "dreams do come true"
Credit Instagram/@norman_rn15

Some more bedazzlement, flower power, and a cute quote. Love it!


it's a good day to save lives bsn grad cap example
Credit: Twitter/@JJayliz

Grey’s Anatomy quotes and nurse grad cap designs are a match made in heaven.


EaRNed Not Given Graduation Cap

pink nursing decorated grad cap
Credit: Instagram/@asomra
pink sparkle decorated nurse RN graduation cap topper
Credit: Instagram/@asomra

This cap gives off some serious valentines day vibes and I’m here for it.


eaRNed not given nurse graduation cap idea
Credit: Pinterest/@Kiarrasaur

Show off that school pride by incorporating the colors onto your cap.


eaRNed it nurse clarissa - grad cap decoration
Credit: Instagram/@flourishwithlove

Geometric? What an acute idea.


earned not given nurse cap topper decoration
Credit: Pinterest/@myanes5221

When in doubt, go with a glitter base and accessorize with flowers.


smiling nurse college graduate posing with decorated graduation hat
Credit: Twitter/@_jguadalajara

This cap wins all the designs! Nurse Jackie, you for sure eaRNed it.

Not sure what decorating supplies to get? I love this glue for any kind of crafting and this paint works perfectly on graduation caps. Better yet, check out my other recommendations for decorating supplies here.


Funny Nursing Graduation Cap Ideas

RN BSN graduate showing off her cap decoration
Credit: Instagram/@sophiieeisabella

I had to include at least one idea with a quote from Legally Blonde.


stick 'em with the pointy end RN cap topper decoration
Credit: Instagram/@haileyrabbit

There couldn’t be a better time to make use of this Game of Thrones.


nurse grad cap with funny saying
Credit: Instagram/@ttuhscson

Who hasn’t thought they were NOT going to make it through school and then somehow miraculously pulled through?!


pink glitter and flower i call the shots now grad cap topper
Credit: K’s Krafty Corner

Pretty in pink and in charge.

K’s Krafty Corner makes some of the best nurse cap designs!


two new grad nurses showing off graduation caps
Credit: Instagram/@jessica_dahmer

Now is the time to let your punny side out.


what i learned in nursing school is spongebob grad cap idea
Credit: reddit/@sm1ttywerber

Spongebob makes the best inspo for school tbh.


cute enough to stop you heart, skilled enough to restart it. Nurse Nicole grad cap
Credit: Instagram/@nicolethenursern

Funny and cute – I think we have a deadly combo here.


can i nap now? bsn grad cap
Credit: Twitter/@hdauubb1

Gets an on call shift – no, not really.


Time for Shots Graduation Cap

smiling nurse grad showing off her grad cap decoration
Credit: Instagram/@_breezyyboo

Administering shots is the whole reason you became a nurse, right?


graduation cap time for shots idea
Credit: Instagram/@ashleyhgillis

WHAT- faux fur lined?? This time for shots grad cap is changing up the game.


Male Nurse

funny male RN graduate cap decoration
Credit: Instagram/@kris.suptela

Lol but really, don’t worry.


gotta treat em all nurse decorated grad cap example
Credit: reddit/@theshark_rn

I know it’s my destiny!


smiling guy graduate with "just got my BSN" superman grad cap
Credit: Twitter/@oaklandu

This male nurse cap decoration is waaay too adorable. Every BSN graduate needs this!


wined a lot male nurse graduation cap idea
Credit: Twitter/@Luke_Chochola24

Upcycling wine corks done right.


ICU / NICU Nurse

life is full of tiny miracles decorated nicu grad cap
Credit: Instagram/@shanacubana

This cap is absolutely precious, oh my goodness! The life is full of tiny miracles saying is perfect.

Not sure what decorating supplies to get?  I love this glue for any kind of crafting and this paint works perfectly on graduation caps. Better yet, check out my other recommendations for decorating supplies here.


NICU nursing graduation cap idea example
Credit: Twitter/@Mizzou

So true. NICU nurses are superheroes.


grad cap "real hot shit nurse MRICU"
Credit: Instagram/@thisisjioni

When you know you got this!


"be the light in someone's darkness TICU" nurse grad cap example
Credit: Instagram/@paigeforbus

Harry Potter, flowers and an inspiring quote – this combo can do no wrong.


trauma queen grad cap decoration by ICU nurse major
Credit: Twitter/@@supergestel

Punning is winning in my books.


ER Nurse

select all that apply nursing grad cap decoration
Credit: Instagram/@jessspresso

The ultimate nurse graduation cap ideas are these “select all that apply” ones.


airway, breathing, circulation, degree check ER nurse cap descoration idea
Credit: K’s Kraft Corner

Checking off that degree, ya’ll!


"ER nurse, it's a beautiful day to save lives" decorated graduation topper
Credit: Twitter/@oaklandu

This fun, painted-on ER nurse design hits all the nursing points.


silver and blue er nurse cap decoration
Credit: Instagram/@brijaymes22

The heart beat of any hospital is the nursing staff for sure.



gold glitter LPN grad cap
Credit: K’s Krafty Corner

The little details on this cap are everything.


Pediatric Nurse

for the kiddos peds nurse graduation cap topper
Credit: Instagram/@katybpnp

“e kūlia i ka nu’u” means strive to reach the highest. I think this girl did!


pink graduation cap decoration for a peds nurse rn
Credit: K’s Krafty Corner

Isn’t this just the most darling cap decoration?

P.S. you can pick up this design on Etsy!


happy pediatric nurse graduate with her grad cap
Credit: Twitter/@adrienne_belle

Pediatric nurses are actually stuck in Neverland- and they love it!


college graduate smiling at her pediatric nurse decorated yellow cap
Credit: Twitter/@Mizzou

Obviously needed a Disney one here and this one is 100% ADORABLE.


OB Nurse

OB nurse at your cervix graduation cap with happy grad
Credit: Twitter/@LZDivas

I’m cracking up, this cap topper is great!


cute graduation cap decorated to say "OB nurse"
Credit: Twitter/@@morgan7119

I’m thankful for all OB nurses. Because without them, a lot of us would of had a harder time being here!


How to Decorate Your Graduation Cap for Nursing

This video will walk you through how to easily decorate your grad cap.

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Nursing stickers for graduation cap


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Final thoughts on nurse grad cap ideas 

I hope these nursing graduation cap ideas have made you all the more excited to graduate and start working in your chosen department!

Nurses are so appreciated. We all know they’re the real backbone of a functioning medical center.

So thank you for doing what you do & happy graduation!


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