… just don’t ask nurses about Dr. Oz

Modern Healthcare - - Outliers -

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.”

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