The costume was one crude version of many "sexy nurse" costumes that routinely pop up around Halloween, which are among bestsellers in — as they seem to be every year. Publications like Romper and Entertainment Tonight tout the costume as one of the most popular of all time. While Yandy , the lingerie brand that sells scandalous costumes come Halloween, would not tell Business Insider how many sexy nurse costumes it sells per year, the "On Call Nurse Costume" is currently one of the top five most popular costumes on the website, as of this writing. Plus, some nurses say these costumes can contribute to workplace sexual harassment. Fairfax Media via Getty Images. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
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Sandy Summers, the executive director of the non-profit The Truth About Nursing , said unflattering images of nurses can also perpetuate stereotypes that nurses aren't skilled medical researchers, which impedes their ability to get funding.
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Most of her patients respect her, but some call her "baby" or make comments on her appearance while she treats them. Choi said scandalous Halloween costumes can reinforce the idea that nurses are "sexy," which can normalize problematic behavior and make it easier for men to say harassing comments while she's at work. Beyond just inaccurate portrayals, "sexy nurse" costumes may perpetuate something more sinister: workplace harassment. Fairfax Media via Getty Images. Despite the ubiquity of the "sexy nurse" costume, some practicing nurses feel the over-sexualized depictions perpetuate stereotypes of nursing being an unskilled woman's profession.