Female nurses and doctors pose in bikinis after study says it's unprofessional

A study has been retracted after it was criticised as being sexist for saying female surgeons who posed in bikinis or ‘provocative’ Halloween costumes were unprofessional.

Published in the Journal of Vascular Surgery, it was entitled ‘Prevalence of unprofessional social media content among young vascular surgeons’.

The researchers – six out of seven of whom were male – screened the social media profiles of 480 graduating trainees for any ‘unprofessional conduct’ including looking at their attire, alcohol consumption, and if they made controversial political and religious comments.

The paper said ‘pictures in underwear, provocative Halloween costumes, and provocative posing in bikinis/swimwear’ are inappropriate.

Since the backlash, the journal has retracted the study, saying it was based on ‘highly subjective assessments of professionalism based on antiquated norms’. The authors also apologised for their work.

But before it got taken down, female nurses, doctors and surgeons posed in side-by-side shots of themselves in their scrubs next to images of them having fun in their bikinis.

Using the hasghtag #Medbikini on Instagram, female healthcare professionals showed that you could save lives but also dress in whatever way you wanted.

The tag has more than 20,00 submissions with medical professionals from all over the world joining in.

One of the healthcare providers joining the trend was nurse Mel Fidel from San Diego.

She shared an image of herself in a bikini and wrote in the caption: ‘I am and will always be a local girl from Hawaii. The beach and the ocean is a part of who I am and what I love. In fact, I’m at the beach today in a two-piece and surfing!

‘I also enjoy a glass of red wine and a white claw after a long stressful day at work. But, that doesn’t mean I’m an incompetent nurse.

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“Sexism in medicine is alive & well. But, we won’t let that stop us.” – Dr. Bikini. #medbikini . I am & will always be a local girl from Hawaii. The beach & the ocean is a part of who I am & what I love. In fact, I’m at the beach today in a 2-piece and surfing! I also enjoy a glass of red wine and a white claw after a long stressful day at work. But, that doesn’t mean I’m an incompetent nurse. Nor will I give care any differently because of your color, sex, or religion. I may be late to the game, but I stand in solidarity with all my female medical colleagues to show that we can still wear a bikini confidently, enjoy the things we love, and still save your life! I want my girls to grow up with this same mentality, & be confident in their own skin w/o being ostracized or “policed” as @redbeardrn says. So, to the 3 Surgeons who thought that creating such an absurd article was a genius move. It may have been retracted, but you just lost the respect of thousands of medical professionals around the world, including this one!

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‘Nor will I give care any differently because of your color, sex, or religion. I stand in solidarity with all my female medical colleagues to show that we can still wear a bikini confidently, enjoy the things we love, and still save your life!

‘To the three surgeons who thought that creating such an absurd article was a genius move, it may have been retracted, but you just lost the respect of thousands of medical professionals around the world, including this one!’

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: We CAN do both…and we SHOULD do both! ————————————————————— #medbikini Standing in solidarity with my fellow female medical professionals in regards to the article that was recently published (now retracted😉) in the Journal of Vascular Surgery. : The three male doctors who wrote this article conducted their “research” by creating a fake Instagram account and creeping on women in healthcare to stalk them and deceptively shame them for a subjective assessment they did of unprofessional behaviors. The “unprofessional” content included things like holding/consuming alcohol, wearing swimsuits, and discussing controversial social media content. Also, not once was anything mentioned about men and their behaviors, only women. 🤔really?! Hmm. I would argue that what the “researchers” did is practically the definition of unprofessionalism. : Today….and quite frankly everyday…my goal is to support self love and embracing all the wonderful differences that make us beautiful and unique. That includes your personality, you’re looks, your accomplishments… whatever it is that makes you, YOU! Women, no matter their profession, can have beauty 💄& brains 🧠, we can be fun 💃🏻 🍸 and still be hardworking 👩🏻‍⚕️. What we chose to do outside of our “work life” DOES NOT change that fact that we are highly competent, trained, and committed to our professions. *****NEWSFLASH***** It’s 2020 people! Sexism is cancelled!! Let’s move on to more important topics. Ok✌🏼 : : : Scrub set: @benefit_medical Bikini: @violatethedresscode : : : : : : #sexismiscancelled #selflove #beYOU #instafit #fitfam #fit #womenempowerment #nurse #womensupportingwomen #professional #women #healthcare #nursing #female #womeninhealthcare #fitnessmotivation #fitspo #fitnessmodel #fitness #fitmom #fitnurse #fitnessgirl #nursesofinstagram #bodybuilding #goals #dedication #fitnesslife #brina_lovelaughlift #violatethedresscode

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A pair of twins, both of whom work in healthcare, also joined in on the hashtag.

In one of their images, both are in their scrubs next to a picture of them in swimwear.

They wrote on their post: ‘Female healthcare workers can wear whatever they want! What we wear outside does not change the fact that we are competent, committed to excellence with your care, and we can save your life.

‘End sexism in medicine.’

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