Identity: An Iconography of Nurse

Nurse Iconography: Pull Cord photo: JParadisi 2010

Iconography Definition

(source:  MSN Encarta Dictionary)

1. set of recognized images: the set of symbols or images used in a particular field of activity such as music or the movies and recognized by people as having a particular meaning 

In the 1960s, peace signs, long hair, work shirts, and blue jeans were part of the iconography of rebellion. 

2. symbols in painting: the symbols and images used conventionally in a genre of painting, or the study and interpretation of these symbols and images 

the iconography used in Renaissance paintings of the Virgin and Child 

3. images of somebody or something specific: the collection, description, or study of images of somebody or something specific 

i•co•nog•ra•pher noun 

i•con•o•graph•ic [ ī kònnə gráffik ] adjective 

i•con•o•graph•i•cal adjective


About jparadisirn

JParadisi RN, OCN emeritus, is a multidisciplinary artist with a focus in painting and writing. Her paintings and short stories have been published nationally. She has exhibited artwork in galleries throughout the Pacific Northwest. Julianna is a frequent contributor to Off The Charts, the blog of the American Journal of Nursing as a blogger and illustrator.
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2 Responses to Identity: An Iconography of Nurse

  1. carolyn buck says:

    How many years has it been since we wore those hats? Well, I guess they still do in some countries.

  2. jparadisirn says:

    I know. My nursing class voted against wearing them, much to the chagrin of the nursing school’s board. However,they allowed our decision. We had four male students in our class, and caps divided us by gender before we were nurses.

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