Nurse Calender Girls - page 4

Today in the LaCrosse Tribune, November 15th, I read an article about several nurses in Sauk County Wisconsin who put together an actual "calender girl" calender, apparently to help raise money for a... Read More

  1. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    The bottomline for me is that I treat everyone as I want to be treated.
    Exactly.
  2. by   grace90
    doesn't sound so bad
  3. by   anne74
    I personally have nothing wrong with the calendar - the problem is, many members of the public will look at this calendar and even, subconsciously, their idea of nurses as cutesy girls will be reinforced.

    And yes - they're not wearing naughty nurse outfits, but the calendar is billed as NURSES posing for the calendar. All the women in the calendar are NURSES, and people buying the calendar know it depicts NURSES.

    I wish we were in a perfect world where everyone understood the importance of our jobs, and our level of education and intelligence. But at this time, they don't. So we shouldn't continue to feed into that ignorance.

    I used to work in the corporate world, and there I was treated with much more respect than I have as a nurse. That just makes me really sad - especially since compared to when I was a consultant, my job as a nurse is much more demanding mentally, emotionally and physically. And for the most part, I'm never treated badly by doctors - most of them understand our value - but I'm talking about being undermined by the general public and even patients.

    I only want nursing to receive the same respect that many other professions receive. These women should be able to do whatever they want without influencing the image of nursing, but unfortunately, it does. And we can't afford taking a few steps back.
  4. by   NurseCherlove
    Quote from LPN2BinOK
    I can see where the OP is coming from. In my Nursing Ethics class, it was made very clear that, as a nurse, I am a representative of my license and my profession and that I am to act in a way that will uphold the standards of my profession.

    I feel the nurses in the calendar aren't being prudent. Sure, freedom of speech, blah blah blah...whatever. It's a rationalization for an excuse to find a way to raise money. Sure, the money is for a good cause, so surely it must be ethical...:icon_roll

    There are other ways to raise money. It's like justifying a young woman dancing in a strip club to pay for college. Twisted.

    Glad I've got my priorities straight!

    Absolutely fantastic comparison!! I couldn't agree more. The fact is that the public will know these are nurses just from the title of this calendar...I think someone said it was something like 'Real Nurses 2007'.

    I don't mean to sound like a stick in the mud or anything, but they really had several other options for this good cause. However, we all know that this is an oversexed day and age. So, people are going to buy this kind of smut and there is no stopping it. So, maybe it wouldn't be so bad if the calendar could have been something like 'Professional women who care' or something and had 1 or 2 nurses in the mix along with a lady lawyer, a lady doctor, etc. I could see it now...Miss February - Kimberly, a bioengineer from VA...Miss June - Laura, CEO of a fortune 500 company, etc.

    I just don't want any harm to come to our professional image. If it had been done in the above hypothetical fashion, it would then be seen as individual women choosing to be risque, and not the profession as a whole.
  5. by   Nurse`Chief~Chickie
    i wonder if everyone who is so offended would be equally so if the 'nurse' aspect weren't an issue. we do unfortunately live in an oversexed society, so that was a brilliant way to raise money. i'll bet theres not a calendar left.
    let's just respect them for doing a charitable thing, and be thankful that we aren't seing latenight commercials for "nurses gone wild"!!!
    perhaps we could put some of this outrage to use and come up with some pr ideas for our role in society.
  6. by   AmyORlpn
    i agree they are trying to do something good. i have 2 boys ages 7 & 8, i would not even know what to do with myself if they were not with me. i do know that it would make me feel good to have people around me that care that much about my children to let their legacy live on. if you read the article and what it says. thumbs up to those ladies.

    p.s. i hope i can pose for art at the age of 52.


    lpn student in oregon
  7. by   JVanRN
    Quote from anne74
    I personally have nothing wrong with the calendar - the problem is, many members of the public will look at this calendar and even, subconsciously, their idea of nurses as cutesy girls will be reinforced.

    And yes - they're not wearing naughty nurse outfits, but the calendar is billed as NURSES posing for the calendar. All the women in the calendar are NURSES, and people buying the calendar know it depicts NURSES.

    I wish we were in a perfect world where everyone understood the importance of our jobs, and our level of education and intelligence. But at this time, they don't. So we shouldn't continue to feed into that ignorance.

    I used to work in the corporate world, and there I was treated with much more respect than I have as a nurse. That just makes me really sad - especially since compared to when I was a consultant, my job as a nurse is much more demanding mentally, emotionally and physically. And for the most part, I'm never treated badly by doctors - most of them understand our value - but I'm talking about being undermined by the general public and even patients.

    I only want nursing to receive the same respect that many other professions receive. These women should be able to do whatever they want without influencing the image of nursing, but unfortunately, it does. And we can't afford taking a few steps back.
    I can respect this veiw point. I guess what I'm not following is the sense of "rage" (for lack of a better term) that the OP is expressing over this. I do agree that the nursing profession on the whole is misunderstood by the general public (the education and knowlege required, what and how much we actually do ect...). But I don't think this calander is the huge blow to the image of the nursing profession that she seems to make it out to be (but I'm not saying it helps it either). The original post just seemed...I dunno...a little dramatic to me. *shrugs*
  8. by   kukukajoo
    I see nothing wrong with this calendar or the posing for it.

    It isn't being billed as a nurses calendar- the news got wind of that and put that spin on it. I applaud the older women for not being ashamed of their bodies! Think of it as one of the new Dove commercials, lol! These sound like average american women and all are dressed or covered if you read the article.

    I hope they sell tons of the calendars and raise lots of money for their cause.
  9. by   S.T.A.C.E.Y
    Quote from slou!
    And also, firefighters do these calanders all the time.
    Funny how Firefighters do these calendars every year, and you never hear anyone make a comment about the Ethics of these men (sometimes women) being our Public Servants. They're always in bunker gear, bearing well oiled hairless chests, holding onto the firehose, next to the fire hydrant, holding the dalmation, whatever......and no one thinks twice about their professional image when they show up to fight a fire, or care for your grandma who can't breathe.

    Why the double standard with nursing? I don't think most people are so simple minded to assume that because 12 women (who happen to be nurses) wearing some suggestive type outfits represent the entire population of nurses. Give me a break. Heck, its not even like they're in nursing scrubs or scantily clad dresses with fishnets.

    Your professional image is how you present yourself.

    Personally, I have no problem with the calendar. If its for charity or to raise money for some type of cause, more power to 'em.
  10. by   lizzyd
    Hi,

    I only recently discovered this site and what a great resource it is, thanks to all of you nurses out there!

    My first reaction was- Playboy: The Nursing Edition. But then I read the article and thought of Calendar Girls (the movie) and started laughing. I think it's very brave of them. Wish I had thought of it.

    Another thing, I wanted to respond to the person who wrote:

    "There are other ways to raise money. It's like justifying a young woman dancing in a strip club to pay for college. Twisted. Glad I've got my priorities straight!"

    If this is meant as a defense, I'm not sure that it is any less judgemental? I am only going to say that I have a friend who did the very thing. It enabled her to pay her way through nursing school while working at night AND take care of her ill mother during the day. Could my friend have found a different job to pay the rent and medical bills? Maybe yes, but she probably wouldn't have made enough to go to nursing school as well. I would say her priorities are more than just "straight" and I admire her a lot. In an ideal world, we'd be able to make choices based solely on our values and beliefs, but in the real world, those choices are affected/limited by the resources and options available to us.
  11. by   PeachPie
    Quote from lizzyd
    "There are other ways to raise money. It's like justifying a young woman dancing in a strip club to pay for college. Twisted. Glad I've got my priorities straight!"

    If this is meant as a defense, I'm not sure that it is any less judgemental? I am only going to say that I have a friend who did the very thing. It enabled her to pay her way through nursing school while working at night AND take care of her ill mother during the day. Could my friend have found a different job to pay the rent and medical bills? Maybe yes, but she probably wouldn't have made enough to go to nursing school as well. I would say her priorities are more than just "straight" and I admire her a lot. In an ideal world, we'd be able to make choices based solely on our values and beliefs, but in the real world, those choices are affected/limited by the resources and options available to us.
    Yeah that. A lot of smart women have never had to sacrifice grades for long hours at a slaving job by stripping. The stripper stereotype does exist, but those are only visible with the ones who stick to the stereotypes. The smart ones invest the tons of cash wisely and quietly assimilate into society. Heck, I've considered it before, but licenses are required where I live.

    I have no problem with these women posing. I would be mad if they were doing the typical soap opera thing (sexy nurse giving the wrong kind of TLC), and steam starts building when I see the normal doctor/sexy nurse Halloween costumes, but these are sexy women who just happen to be nurses. As for sexy women in other professions, just look in any men's magazine. You'll see plenty of lawyers and office workers posing on their bosses' desks. The Japanese culture has a whole fetish for Office Ladies (female clerical workers). College girls of every profession pose to be the top Collegehumor.com poster girl.
  12. by   Melilem
    Im sorry, I disagree. There's nothing wrong with being sexy. I'm going to spare you the lecture on how my police calendar does NOT tarnish my respect for them, it only adds to my appreciation.
  13. by   ldh
    Quote from slou!
    I just want to point out that this is true with A LOT of professions! And I actually did see a "naughty accountant" at a Halloween Party, lol. Along with a naughty cop, naughty pharmacist, etc. It's not just with nursing.
    True, all professions seem to be targeted nowadays. You see naughty doctors, police officers, naughty whatever....

    What would a female doctor think of this:

    Trashy.com - Lingerie - panties - hosiery - swimsuit models - sexy lingerie - Product

    Or a female member of the armed forces think of this:

    Trashy.com - Lingerie - panties - hosiery - swimsuit models - sexy lingerie - Product

    I can see the OP's concern - but the naughty nurse stereotype is everywhere - then again not necessarily perpetuated by nurses themselves. I'm not sure what I think on this one actually. I haven't seen the calendar yet, as others have also mentioned.
    Last edit by ldh on Nov 19, '06

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