There are several '''nurse stereotypes'''
Examples of stereotypes
The image of a nurse as a angel—selfless alturistic reliever of suffering—is based on the origin of nursing in the religious orders In modern times Florence Nightingale was the epitome of the nurse as an angel
- More sinisterly nurses who have killed patients under their care have been called "Angels of Mercy"
The handmaiden stereotype
is that of a person with little intelligence
knowledge judgement or autonomy who exists only to assist the physician
The idea of the purpose of nursing as service to medicine
instead of to patients was promoted by physicians in the 19th and 20th centuries
The nymphomaniac or "naughty nurse" has origns in male sexual fantasies Nurses frequently have visual and physical contact with the entire body including the sexual organs in the course of providing nursing care
The battleaxe is a malevolent authority
figure exemplified by the fictional charachter Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
or Annie Wilkes in the novel and film Mercy
In many ways this is the opposite of the angel
Men in nursing are often stereotyped as homosexual because of the concept
of nursing as "women's work" in recent history