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Taiwan nurses petition to restrict nurse uniforms

The Taiwan Nurses’ Association has sent letters to news and health bureaus, asking the organizations to protect the integrity of the nursing uniform. According to Global Times, the letter urges “them [to] clamp down on actresses or workers in other industries dressing in nurses’ uniforms.”

The group took action after an actress appeared on TV and performed a suggestive dance clad in a sexy nurse’s uniform.

Do you think it’s time for similar action here in the West? Should Mariah Carey be allowed to wriggle in a nurse costume, or should nurse uniforms be restricted to nurses only?

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Jennifer Fink, RN, BSN

Jennifer is a professional freelance writer with over eight years experience as a hospital nurse. She has clinical experience in adult health, including med-surg, geriatrics and transplant; she also has a particular interest in women’s health and cancer care. Jennifer has written a variety of health and parenting articles for national publications.

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6 Responses to Taiwan nurses petition to restrict nurse uniforms

  1. christy

    Are you kidding me? Grow up already. I am so tried of hearing about this in this mag. We as nurses need to get a sense of humor!
    Does this mean now that every group that is protrayed on the TV,in movies etc, can send letters to the news and goverment, because they got their feelings hurt? Acting is just that Acting. It is supposed to be entertainment. We as nurses need to stop this “we are nurses so we are better’ line. You want to talk about how the pubilc views nurse? Well if nurses continue to send letters about how they are protrayed by actors we will be viewed as snotty,petty and spoiled. Get over youselves already. If you don’t like something on TV then don’t watch it.
    I do not understand why Scrubs mag continues to publish this crap. There are more important things out there to talk about. For example, the shortage on nurses, but nurses still can’t find jobs. How about information regarding skills and patient care? Lets get off our high horses and go back to basic care of a patient. Become humble. This is why many nurses leave the profession. too many of their peers are uptight, rude and think they are better than everyone around them. Don’t beileve me, look at how many nurses “eat their young”.

    • Miriam Bookey

      Hi Christy ~

      Point well taken! We do talk about the nurse shortage and of course are continually addressing issue in patient care and how to improve it (more from an interpersonal than a clinical angle) in a number of articles on our site. We also have many articles in development that have nothing to do with nurses in the media, we assure you! We are working on a wonderful tool called “Etiquette Answers for Nurses” that specifically addresses skills and patient care. We hope you stick around for its release. We think it’s going to be a terrific resource for new and seasoned nurses alike.

      Miriam Bookey

  2. christy

    Thank you for responding. Hope I did not come across as rude lol. Just a little frustrated. Thanks again!

  3. Diane

    The only problem I have is when non-nursing staff wear scrubs/nursing uniforms in the workplace: receptionists, office staff, etc. I know I worked hard for the right to wear that uniform and I think it takes away from the profession to have everyone wear them these days. It also adds confusion for patients. Like most other professions, I would like nursing uniforms limited to nursing staff…..

  4. Bethy

    I think anyone who wants to should be able to wear scrubs. And if someone wants to wear a sexy nurses uniform and strip naked on national television, so be it. I don’t care, I have an RN I worked hard for, and no uniform will make it more or less valid. As long as I, and everyone I work with looks professional, that’s what really matters. Let’s face it, scrubs are fun and comfortable, and many times stylish. Who wouldn’t want to wear them?


    If nurses are really worried about uniforms and image, why not go back to wearing “THE CAP” we worked so hard for?
    I was one of the last few in my community hospital to still wear my cap.