An open letter from a ‘sexy nurse’ to Dr. Oz

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For anyone who watches day time TV, surfs the internet or frequents this wonderful website for nurses you probably have heard about the Dr. Oz debacle and the nursing profession. One of our fellow bloggers posted some thoughts on it here (jump on over and read it here of you’re not familiar with the scene).

So a month later Dr. Oz (or should I say Dr. Oz’s ‘people’) releases a formal and public apology with some politically correct and publicly sound words.

As a nurse I wonder why some think this is enough? So I thought I’d write my own ‘letter’ to Dr. Oz (or his people) expressing my and hopefully many other nurses concerns.

Dear Dr. Oz (or his ‘people’)

I’m a registered nurse of 5 years young. I’m a health care professional and a fellow ‘healer’. You’re November 4th episode that lauded the efforts of a weight loss success story was initially inspiring, but eventually quite damaging.

I myself did not watch it. I’m not a fan of day time TV (sorry). I do however support any activities that promote and attempt to improve our overall health and wellness. So for those efforts I thank you. But, the show took a turn for the worse and got quite out of hand in the eyes of your fellow professionals.

Were you aware of the guests’ actions prior to the taping (I’m assuming it’s a live studio audience)? Or were you actually caught off guard? Was this whole routine rehearsed, or was it spontaneous?

Regardless of it’s origin the whole process has angered many of your fellow ‘healers’ including myself. Did you notice I referred to myself as a ‘healer’ and not a subordinate? Did you notice there was no reference of ‘sexy’ anywhere in my description?

As a physician partner I can only assume you have worked with ‘our kind’ prior to your fame. Yes, our kind. We are called nurses. We are trained health care professionals, not a colloquial fantasy, nor a subservient helper.

Somehow during the taping of your TV show you forgot that.

Oh, wait did I mention I’m a male nurse? So the whole ‘sexy’ reference truly hits a chord with me.

You are being chastised by our profession because of what profession you represent. As a physician partner we hold you to a higher standard. We assumed you held these same standards.

During that show, regardless of when you were made aware of the guests actions, you should have stopped it. Stopped it in its tracks before it progressed. You as the heralded professional’s professional should have had the common decency and forth right professionalism to put the brakes on that charade. I’m all about fun, but when it mocking a profession fun?

Our profession continues to battle stereotypes of all kinds. We continue to lose the battle against warped public knowledge, internet fantasy, misguided beliefs, historical falsehoods, and just simple ignorance. But, when we have to wage that battle with a physician it’s both angering and disheartening. Is this how you show the ‘respect’ you speak of?

We expected more from you dear doctor.

Shame on you for not ‘knowing’ the difference.

And the battle continues.

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4 Responses to An open letter from a ‘sexy nurse’ to Dr. Oz

  1. christine viehl

    Well put, Sean. I have been in the nursing profession for over 30 years. First as a LPN, now an Rn. I find that doctors today have less respect for our profession than they did 30 years ago. Today, not only are the doctors and residents disrespectful, but I find that I have to babysit them to make sure the patients are taken care of properly. I understand there are cultural differences, but maybe residents need to be advised that nurses are professionals with an education and EXPERIENCE, and they should work together with nurses. As nurses, we have only the patients’ best interests in mind. I think they need to remember why they are doctors.

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  3. After seeing mutliple blog posts about this topic and actually going to watch the video of these “sexy nurses” (, I have to say, I don’t see what the big deal is. I’m not saying that I don’t see a problem in perpetuating a negative stereotype of nursing, as I was strongly against the “Heart Attack Grill” in Arizona ( and their use of sexy nurses in the establishment.

    But, after watching the Dr Oz video, I was pleasantly surprised. After reading all the negative reviews, I was definitely expecting to see a crew of Playboy-look-alike women in skimpy outfits…. but that’s not what it was. It was a women who lost 200lbs and used Dr Oz’s techniques with diet and exercise and wanted to be one of “his nurses” to help spread the message of health to others. She put on her nurses cap and started to do a very non-provocative dance. Then, about 5 other women came down the stairs, all covered from their collarbone to their knees – no cleavage, no high cut skirts.

    I think the intent was a positive message of health, that many people took the wrong way. They, in no way, were claiming to be actual nurses (RN, LPN, or otherwise).

  4. Sean Dent Scrubs Blogger

    @ Amy As always I value others opinions. I and many other nurses feel very differently.