A Tribute to Nurses: ‘Ladies in White’ by Pete Dowan


The world has seen the physical image of nurses in white uniforms and how it changed dramatically through time.

Before the plain, brightly coloured and patterned scrubs, the starched white uniform and peculiar cap first gave way as the professional standard for nurses. It may get dirty, stained, soiled by blood and body fluids, but it has a lot to do with people’s perception of professionalism.

Professionalism is a whole package, it does not only involve the clothing alone but also the presentation of one’s self to the patient. And for someone who remembers and appreciates the service rendered by nurses, it can move mountains. Just like the story of this man — Pete Dowan.

Pete is a disabled singer and songwriter from Canada. He has written a number of songs and has kindly offered one of them, “Ladies In White,” as tribute to nurses. According to him, the song was inspired by those ladies who attended him (who wore white), but applies to male nurses as well.


The video is definitely a good tribute to present day Nightingales out there. A “thank you” from all of those whose lives have been touched by nurses.


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Gil Wayne graduated in 2008 with a bachelor of science in nursing. He earned his license to practice as a registered nurse during the same year. His drive for educating people stemmed from working as a community health nurse. He conducted first aid training and health seminars and workshops for teachers, community members, and local groups. Wanting to reach a bigger audience in teaching, he is now a writer and contributor for Nurseslabs since 2012 while working part-time as a nurse instructor. His goal is to expand his horizon in nursing-related topics. He wants to guide the next generation of nurses to achieve their goals and empower the nursing profession.

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