Chinese nurses asked to wear air hostess outfits as uniforms in hospital

Twelve nurses from the Lianshui Huaian Hospital of Chinese Medicine now wear the outfits while treating their patients

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A Chinese hospital has apparently asked nursing staff to wear air hostess uniforms at work.

Twelve nurses from the Lianshui Huaian Hospital of Chinese Medicine in China's Jiangsu province have undergone training from air hostesses and wear the outfits when treating their patients, the Yangtse Evening Post has reported.

The training programme was voluntary, according to the Want China Times, and nurses were trained by staff from China Eastern Airlines.

The uniform is adjusted to include a longer skirt and nurses who participated in the training programme receive a higher salary, a spokesperson for the hospital said. This increased salary is apparently because they take on an increased workload.

Bu Haijuan, the head of the hospital's nursing unit, said the outfits were designed to improve bedside manner.

"Nurses learn all sorts of technical skills at college but customer service can be easily overlooked," Ms Bu said. "But flight attendants are specifically trained to have a good attitude and manners.

"Cooks can wear white uniforms. Butchers can wear white uniforms. There is no regulation saying that nurses have to wear white," she added.

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