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These 21 Powerful Photos Reveal How We Think About Nurses.

Nurses are the most noble, sweetest and affectionate people on earth. Despite their tiresome profession, they have always been stereotyped and tagged in various ways. From sexy to saint like, from motherly to tough, but most importantly they all have one thing in common, the fact that they all are women.

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These 21 Powerful Photos Reveal How We Think About Nurses.

These 21 Powerful Photos Reveal How We Think About Nurses.

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1895

1895

An ad from 1890's depicting nurse dressed as nun. Here she is a saintly figure lending her help to the ill.

1900s

1900s

Pretty, sexy nurse and the bullying, angry nurse stereotypes were forming at this time.

1900s

1900s

This postcard suggests that a pretty nurse will appeal to police (who is apparently a male here) and thus keep children safer.

1913

1913

In this poster, the nurse can be seen feeding the poor. This clearly evokes an idea of the Virgin Mary.

1913

1913

This picture shows one of the earlier portrayal of the nurse as "someone you desire". She is certainly lost in the religious looking clothes and wears something more like a maid's uniform.

1915

1915

Here nurse can be seen rescuing a soldier. Nurse's status as a near-religious figure and a guardian is very apparent.

1918

1918

This illustration depicts the nurse as a parental figure rather than an object of desire.

1935

1935

Nurses ditched the flowing, robe-like garments by now and went for more fitted uniforms.

1940s

1940s

This picture shows how women worked together and learned from one another.

1950s

1950s

Here a nurse is praying for her patient's recovery.

1950s

1950s

This is a 1950s postcard where a head nurse, in scrubs, can be seen holding clear authority. It's a significant step forward as Nurses got acknowledgment of their skills.

1950s

1950s

Yet, there were also some sizable steps back.

1953

1953

Nurses made great content for pulp novels. Here, an in-home nurse is being shown the target of advances, but remains a sexy character.

1960s

1960s

Nurses were particularly famous in 1960s, perhaps because of the fantasy of providing "service" to male patients. Although its too clear that no one can walk through a hospital all day in shoes like that!

1970s

1970s

Here nurse is just being pretty. This is actually an ad for medical equipment and this beautiful nurse is being used to sell it.

1980s

1980s

The stereotype of the ruthless nurse who enjoys giving pain to male patients is clearly an opposite to the delicate, accommodating sexy nurse. This certainly has its roots from the beginning of the century.

1881/1981

1881/1981

Here is a reprint to celebrate the Red Cross's 100th anniversary. You can see the modern graphic in the background. Both the 19th and 20th century nurses are highly feminine and nurturing figures here.

2000s

2000s

By 2000s, nurses were definitely ready to drop the gender divide and encourage men to take up the profession.

2000s

2000s

But like its said old habits die hard, the pin-up nurse remained famous. Be it movies, novels, or any other form of media, nurses were still being portrayed as sexy.

2009

2009

Realistic portrayal of a nurse by TV's Nurse Jackie was praised by people. The show really helped to see nurses in a much practical setup rather than stereotypes.

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