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The #whatnurseswear campaign shows what nurses can achieve using social media

Nurses command respect for the profession by uniting to challenge outdated attitudes
Jessica Anderson runs the marathon

Nurses command respect for the profession by uniting to challenge outdated attitudes

Jessica Anderson. Picture: Eric Tolentino/Instagram

Jessica Anderson, a senior NHS nurse, recently broke the world record for running the fastest marathon dressed in a nurse’s uniform.

She used the race as an opportunity to raise funds for Barts Charity. Her initial application to Guinness World Records was rejected on grounds that the scrubs she wore did not meet their criteria for a nurse's uniform.

Even though scrubs are worn by nurses around the world, Guinness World Records ruled that a nurse’s uniform was a dress, pinafore and cap. Ms Anderson's London marathon record was not recognised.

Sexualised image of (female) nurses

This decision – since overturned – reinforced outdated gender stereotypes of nursing as

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