Helen Mirren says many hookers came from nursing profession - page 6

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actress Helen Mirren goes on record to say she thinks many hookers were nurses!!! :eek::eek::eek: I am so offended and incensed by this.....is there some way to collectively demand an apology? I used to be such a fan of hers... Read More


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    when the Congress invites Meryl Streep in to share her expertise on the carcinogenic effects of pesticides in fruit, I think it's saying that we, as a society place more weight on the words of these people than we would if the mailman said it.
    True. And it's ridiculous.
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    Quote from mamamerlee
    I am wondering if some of the ladies told her that they were nurses or aides prior to working there. I don't feel she was being disrespectful to nurses in general.

    And many hundreds of years ago, a boyfriend wanted me to take a day off to 'play'. I told him I couldn't afford it, so he 'paid' my salary for that day! No regrets, as I recall!
    I absolutely love this post. YOU GO GIRL!

    I have to ask - did he leave it on the nightstand on his way out? LOL....
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    Hey, don't go shooting the messenger...maybe Helen Mirren is correct. Is is such a stretch that sometimes nurses leave the profession for better pay and working conditions?
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    Quote from insideout
    Sounds like a bit of a stretch to me....from RN to hooker?
    Not necessarily. I watched a story awhile back on the Bunny Ranch in Nevada (a Dateline or something like it), and one of the featured women was a nurse who said she got sick of 12-hour shifts and now makes a lot more money in this line of work in less time. Her coworker at the ranch was the opposite--she was in her early 20s and dreamed of being an RN. She worked at the ranch to pay for her education. So, I don't find it too hard to believe that Helen Mirren met similar women. Oprah also did a segment on the Bunny Ranch--some of the women had bachelors degrees and working at the ranch was their part-time job.
    I think Helen Mirren was stating an observation about the women at the brothel--not belittling the nursing profession or making generalizations about nurses.
    Last edit by nursestudentAZ on Jun 16, '10 : Reason: added more content
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    Quote from kate82
    She made that statement based on what she heard from the girls at the brothel. I am from Nevada and know Susan Austin. A lot of the girls say they are nurses for whatever reason, but they are not. Since she heard this from a lot of the girls she assumed it to be true. No reason to get all upset about it.

    I respectfully disagree with you.

    As a nurse I DO care about our image as professionals. And I DO want the public to respect nursing profession. Did you ever heard someone saying that physicians who are also used to naked bodies behave themselves in a specific way... If I want to be respected by physicians and my patients, I do not think that I should close my eyes to such a statement. It is a very dangerous statement because Helen Mirren is not merely a neighbor next door (I don't care much about that opinion) but a well known public figure. She is an actress. And people listen to her. And, unfortunately, not everyone as understanding and forgiving as you are.

    The image of a nurse for years and years was shown as an outgoing with easy attitude who has no problem to have sex with physicians, technicians, patients, and her fellow-male-nurses. This image is very difficult to erase. Even today a nurse can hear inappropriate things from the male patients sometimes.


    In order to make such a statement, one has to have a good data; Otherwise, Helen Mirren has to apologize on the same show for what she said because her words can be damaging to nursing image. It is my strong opinion.
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    After watching that, HOW could she possibly imply that most of the prostitutes there were nurses???? She remarked that because we see naked bodies all the time it was a natural progression to go into that profession of hooker??!!!
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    Quote from romantic
    I respectfully disagree with you.

    As a nurse I DO care about our image as professionals. And I DO want the public to respect nursing profession. Did you ever heard someone saying that physicians who are also used to naked bodies behave themselves in a specific way... If I want to be respected by physicians and my patients.
    *** Well from reading here on allnurses I have discovered the path to that repect is to get a BSN. Apperently if you have a BSN then you can be well respected even if you are a protitute.
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    You can disagree with me all you want but I was merely pointing out the reason she made the statement she did. She wasn't trying to belittle the nursing profession. She made that statement based on what the girls told her in the brothel which is where she got her "data" from.
    Last edit by smallnurse10 on Jun 16, '10
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    Quote from kate82
    You can disagree with me all you want but I was merely pointing out the reason she made the statement she did. She wasn't trying to belittle the nursing profession. She made that statement based on what the girls told her in the brothel.

    Could it be that the brothel itself recruits nurses, knowing that for some women, the pay is too low and the stress is too high to continue in their chosen field. Think about it. Nurses are trained to provide good customer service. Touching people goes with the territory. Nurses have to possess a certain level of intelligence. Student loans and living expenses can be intimidating. Management, patients, families and coworkers are often less than appreciative of your efforts. Put it all together, and you can see (if not believe) that turning tricks could sound like good idea.

    If that's the case, it isn't so much that nurses in general tend to become hookers, but rather that the bosses at particular brothel (and probably some others, as well) have learned how to exploit the weaknesses of nurses who are tired of doing battle on the job front.
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    No brothels do not recruit. They have plenty of girls contacting them without having to do that. Legal prostitutes like to portray themselves as nurses for some reason. Perhaps it makes them feel better for what they are doing or perhaps they aspire to be nurses. I'm not sure what their reasons are but they do it. This is why Helen made the statement she did and for no other reason. She wasn't trying to make the nursing profession look bad. Also, working in prostitution does not guarantee riches. All of the shows on TV about Nevada prostitution are extremely inaccurate. Most of those prostitutes work 14 hours a day 7 days a week and don't make near what a nurse does each year. Do you really think that real nurses would work 100 hours a week for $1000 before taxes? I highly doubt it.


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