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Green, striped or purple hair ...

I WAS disappointed in the extreme to read letters in the September issue of Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand, criticising the nurse, who appeared on the August cover, for having pink hair.

Working as a nurse does not entail the loss of individuality, and having pink, green or striped hair in no way affects the nurse's practice. In the case of the nurse pictured, she is an experienced and expert nurse, with long experience in the intensive care unit (ICU) and transit care nursing. She has a hard job, often involving shifts of up to 14 hours.

I am sure the patients whose lives she has helped save, look back on her care with gratitude, rather than look back to critique her hairstyle. The letters of criticism say more about the writers, and their attitudes to both women and nurses, than about nursing practice.

Her professionalism is reflected in her practice and in the high esteem she is held by all her colleagues and patients.

I'd be really interested to read what some of those writers put in their professional development recognition programme portfolios, and whether they are as upfront in their portfolios about their narrow-minded attitudes.

I'd also be interested in what other aspects of individuality they find objectionable in either colleagues or patients--being gay, transgender, disabled or of another ethnicity?

Mental note to self: Make appointment with hairdresser urgently to get some purple hair going.

Erin Kennedy, RN, Wellington

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Title Annotation:letters: Tell us what you think
Author:Kennedy, Erin
Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Oct 1, 2015
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