After a British nurse was denied a world record because she didn’t run the London Marathon in a skirt, other nurses took to social media to prove that modern-day nurses don’t wear skirts anymore but scrubs and trousers.
Jessica Anderson who works at the Royal London Hospital wanted to beat the world record and be the fastest woman to complete the marathon dressed as a nurse.
And she did, after finishing in 3.08:22, she technically beat the previous record of 3:08:54 held by Sarah Dudgeon. But not for Guinness World Records (GWR) who told Anderson her time was invalid because she wore trousers instead of a skirt, reported PA.
According to GWR rules, a nurse’s uniform consists of a blue or white dress, a pinafore apron, and a traditional nurse’s cap.
GWR added that Anderson’s scrubs were too similar to the official requirements for a doctor’s uniform.
Anderson told Runner’s World that she was “taken aback” when she read the rejection letter from GWR.
“I get that it’s supposed to be a fun thing but their definition is just so outdated. Some of the nurses I work with do wear dresses but mostly we wear scrubs or a tunic and trousers. I’ve certainly never seen a male nurse wearing a dress to work,” she said.
When she asked them to reconsider, they said no, she added.
“I’m sure Guinness World Records don’t intend to cause offence but it would be nice if they decided to revise their criteria instead of reinforcing old gender stereotypes.”..Continue Reading