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10 Nurse Depictions We Wish Would Go Away

10 Nurse Depictions We Wish Would Go Away

Marijke Durning | Scrubs Magazine

5. Fetish Nurses

As if sexualizing nurses isn’t enough, we can always take it one step further. What’s worse than a sexually naughty nurse dressed in vinyl? That’s what photographer Richard Prince thought would be fun when he dressed up model Kate Moss in a low zipped vinyl “nurse” dress. But come to think of it, vinyl wouldn’t stain, would it?

6. Nurse Ratched

Okay, so she’s not your typical big-busted, puffy-lipped, ditzy naughty nurse. But believe it or not, women like her are a turn-on for some men. Seriously! Men who like being told that they’re naughty go ga-ga over the Nurse Ratched type.

She’s an old character, you say? Sure, but check out a lot of the more modern movies and TV shows that have nurses. There’s usually one strict one who just loves to pull her weight!

I won’t even bother going into detail about the now rare but still ridiculous Ratched references we shrug off when we have to be firm with a patient.

7. Sexy (and Usually Gay) Male Nurse

How many men in nursing still have to fight the "male nurses are gay” stereotype? As much as women who are nurses hate the naughty nurse image, male nurses feel the same way about their stereotype.

8. Servant Nurse

Thought the days of serving doctors were over? Not in TV land. Check out this General Hospital clip on YouTube. Now it’s one thing to offer someone a cup of coffee if you’re getting one yourself, but check out what the nurse does after she hands Mr. Doctor his cup!


9. Soap Opera/Medical Drama Nurse

Remember the days of General Hospital? Do you remember Nurse Amy? The nurses, beautiful and well-endowed, of course, were always hanging around the nurses’ station if they weren’t making out in the treatment room with the newest doctor on the set. The nurses plotted to seduce the doctors, marry them and/or have their babies. A typical day in an American hospital?

You’d think we’d gotten beyond that, but that nurse is still alive and well in some of today’s medical dramas.

10. Bimbo/Helpless Nurse

If some men don’t want a seductress or a porn nurse, they may enjoy spending time with Nurse Bimbo. Of course, Nurse Bimbo looks a lot like Sexy Nurse, but Nurse Bimbo needs help walking and chewing gum at the same time. The bimbo stereotype hits nurses two ways: questioning the nurse’s ability and sexualizing the nurse.

So, do you think there’s any hope of getting rid of these stereotypes? Or do we just need to get a dose of that sense of humor people say we lack when we complain?

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    over 4 years ago


    None of these stereotypes have really bothered me - except for maybe the bimbo nurse. I do get tired of people asking me why I don't get a 'real' job and if I wasn't smart enough for medical school. Most nurses definitely aren't stupid and most have no desire to become MDs. People just don't realize how much nursing school demands from you and they don't realize how many things nurses do in the clinical setting! As for anyone who thinks I'm a sex object there for them to ogle, all of my patients can tell you different!

    I have one more stereotype to add to the list:

    Waitress/Maid Nurse

    Seems like most patients think all I'm there for is to do all their work for them! They get all upset and irritated when I explain to them that they need to care for their own ileostomy before they get to go home. They don't understand why it's better for them to walk (with assistance) than have me push them in the chair. And the media portrayal of nurses doesn't help this image. Nurses aren't there just to do your (and the dr's) bidding!

  • Us_men_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I guess being a male nurse, I look at all these stereotypes with a grain of salt. I don't condone them, but I'm far from offended by them! Even the gay reference! Some people have asked me if I was worried about people thinking I was gay and I just tell them to ask my wife or one of my four boys! As far as "Nurse Ratched" being a turn on for men, makes me wonder what kind of idiot wrote this article in the first place!

  • Iraq_164_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I get the "hello, nurse" comments a lot. I don't know how many times I have been asked "are you going to be a naughty nurse for Halloween?" (it gets very frustrating and very old) Well, last year I gave in and said "yea, I'll dress up as a naughty nurse for Halloween". I know that a LOT of my male coworkers and patients (as well as female coworkers wondering if I was really going to do it) were waiting to see what I would show up in for work the next day. Imagine the surprise when I walked in wearing my regular set of scrubs and devil horns on my head. I grabbed a 3cc syringe with an 18 g 1 1/2 in. needle filled it with saline and commented, "shall I show you how naughty I really am? bend over and drop trou! Oh and this might hurt a...LOT" After that, none of my male coworkers/patients have commented on me being a naughty/sexy...etc nurse since! And they now give me the respect I deserve (even if I had to do it with a little fear mongering haha!!)

  • Smurfnurse_max50


    over 4 years ago


    So true... especially the sex object nurse!

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