… just don’t ask nurses about Dr. Oz
But nurses say they aren’t feeling the love from “The Dr. Oz Show.” The stereotype of the “sexy nurse” cropped up on the Oprah protege’s syndicated show recently, and nurse advocates were not amused.
The segment about weight loss and exercise featured six women wearing high heels, retro nurses’ caps and white dresses with red lingerie peeking out. The women danced briefly with series host Mehmet Oz and the audience.
Sandy Summers, executive director of the not-for-profit group the Truth About Nursing, calls the segment demoralizing and demeaning to nurses. “Many people look to Dr. Oz for reliable health information, and he should teach them who nurses really are, and be part of the solution to the nursing crisis,” she says.
In a statement, the show apologized for any unintended offense and promises, “We will do better in the future.”