Spain’s General Council for Nursing has called for a ban on “short” and “sexy” nurse costumes popular with celebrities.
As thousands take to the streets in a range of weird and wonderful costumes this Halloween, the council has warned revelers against nurse outfits, arguing that the “sexualised, trivial and frivolous” nurse costumes “attack the dignity of the profession”.
The costume, worn by A-listers Paris Hilton and Cardi B, caused offense and “denigrated” nurses, says the council, which represents the 330,000 nurses across Spain.
The institution called on major commercial retailers to stop producing the costumes, arguing that “sexualized” nurse costumes conveyed a “confusing” and “offensive” message that attacked the dignity of medical professionals.
To maximize the chances of a “more egalitarian and equal society,” revelers should opt for a different costume.
Spain’s General Council for Nursing has called for a ban on “short” and “sexy” nurse costumes popular with celebrities. Paris Hilton is pictured dressed as a nurse
The costume, worn by A-listers Paris Hilton and Cardi B, caused offense and “denigrated” nurses, says the council, which represents the 330,000 nurses across Spain. Cardi B is pictured dressed as a sexy nurse
The council also criticized the use of nurse costumes for their paradoxical nature, as nurses are medical professionals who heal people while Halloween is a day associated with death.
Vice President of the General Nursing Council, Raquel Rodríguez, said: “We report it not only on Halloween, but also because it is used at parties, bachelorette parties, private parties and carnivals.”
“We urge all fathers and mothers not to dress their sons and daughters in nurse costumes that insult the profession, as these practices are normalized over time and maintained until they continue to be used in adulthood.”
“We also call on the education sector to teach our students of all ages the respect and dignity of a profession that cares and protects the health of the population throughout their lives.”
Florentino Pérez Raya, President of the General Nursing Council, said: “We nurses do not like having to watch with confusion and indignation every year the wave of “sexy nurse”, “murderer” or “zombie” costumes that hit the public Violating the image of a profession whose commitment not only requires first-class academic and university qualifications, but is also recognized as a bastion of high-quality healthcare.”
This comes after experts told DailyMail.com that your costume could pose several risks, including fire hazards, skin problems and dangerous chemicals.
While costumes made from certain materials can easily catch fire, makeup can cause acne breakouts, skin irritation, and eye infections. And while glitter is trendy, it can cause skin rashes and has been linked to serious illnesses.
The council also criticized the use of nurse costumes for their paradoxical nature, as nurses are medical professionals who heal people while Halloween is a day associated with death. Chloe Ferry can be seen dressed as a sexy nurse
The institution called on major commercial retailers to stop producing the costumes, arguing that “sexualized” nurse costumes conveyed a “confusing” and “offensive” message that violated the dignity of medical professionals. Love Island’s Demi Jones is pictured as a sexy nurse
Fire safety experts warn that children’s Halloween costumes could be made from materials that could cause them to burst into flames.
According to the City of Phoenix Fire Department, the most flammable costume materials are cotton, linen and silk.
Many costumes are made from a mix of fabrics such as polyester, nylon, metallic, cotton and viscose.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) requires all costumes, wigs and masks to be made from flame-retardant materials such as nylon and polyester.
However, according to the CPSC, these materials can still burn, although they are easier to extinguish.
While these materials are all used in fast fashion items today, costumes typically use a unique combination of multiple flammable fabrics for different elements of a look.
The added coatings – for example metallic layers or decorations – make them even more risky.
In 2021, the Surrey Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) in the United Kingdom tested the flammability of children’s Halloween t-shirts, capes and witch hats.
A video released by the department shows two child-sized mannequins wearing Halloween T-shirts with pumpkins and monsters quickly catching fire, leaving the mannequins blackened and burned.
In the video, Trading Standards Supervisor Ian Smith advised parents: “Remember to check wigs and masks, and if you want to make a costume, check the material you use.” Teach children to accommodate clothing to wear with your costume to provide additional protection in the worst case scenario.”
John Smith, director of the Fire Risk Assessment Network in the UK, told DailyMail.com: “When it comes to children’s Halloween costumes, there are certain materials that may pose a higher risk of flammability.”
“One of the main culprits are synthetic fabrics such as polyester and nylon, which are commonly used in costume making.” “These materials are highly flammable and can ignite quickly when exposed to an open flame or heat source.”
Mr Smith also said excessive decorative elements such as sequins and glitter can contain flammable materials and coatings that can easily catch fire.
“If possible, choose costumes made from natural fibers such as cotton or wool. “These materials are less likely to catch fire compared to plastics,” he said.
“Avoid baggy and flowing costumes: Flowing capes, skirts or sleeves can come into contact with open fires, candles or pumpkins. Choose costumes that fit well and avoid dangling accessories.”