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A candy striper was a young female volunteer who was enrolled in a youth training program at a hospital in the late 20th century. These volunteers assisted the nursing staff with patient needs. The nickname for these volunteers came from their red and white striped pinafores and hats, which resembled a candy that had red and white stripes. They were required to display their photo id on their uniforms.

In 1986, as a landing team led by James T. Kirk was on a mission to save Pavel Chekov, a few candy stripers were seen walking in the hallways of Mercy Hospital. (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)

In the years since 1986, save for a small number of hospitals, like MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center [1], the majority of hospitals have chosen against continuing this program.

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