Why You Shouldn’t Be A Sexy Nurse For Halloween

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Years ago, Karen Wade noticed a bumper sticker on the car of an acquaintance that made her blood boil. It depicted a nurse wearing a low-cut old-style uniform, according to Wade, PhD, RN-BC, and founder of the Nurse2Nurse Network. “She was holding a long, hypodermic needle, filled with a colorful liquid, wearing a coy, ‘come hither’ expression,” Wade remembers. “The implication was that her male ‘patient’ would take off his pants, bare his butt, and have some kind of sexual experience with the nurse.” 

“This is just garden variety sexual objectification of women,” she says now. “Seeing it made me feel disgusted and confused.” And a similar visceral feeling comes up for her when she thinks about people wearing cliched-yet-popular “sexy nurse” Halloween costumes amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Nurses are putting their lives on the line every day, she says. This has been true for years, but especially so now. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that health care personnel are at risk for contracting COVID-19. They were on the front lines of the pandemic, often without enough or adequate personal protective equipment. They’re…


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