It is a shame that the media such as television and movies find it necessary to portray nurses in ways that can only be described as stereotyped and inaccurate. Having a little time off now has opened up the option of wasting some on watching TV and movies. I was initially excited that there were a few new shows about nurses: Hawthorne RN, Nurse Jackie, to name two recent ones. I watched in dismay to find the nurses portrayed as drug addicted, willing to give a doctor sex in a closet to get a pain med script; providing sexual favors to a patient “because I felt sorry for him”, and breaking every rule in the book to accomplish objectives. Sheesh!
On other shows like House (which I actually enjoy watching because it is fun to try to unravel the diagnosis before they do), the nurses do NOTHING. The doctors are portrayed doing all the nursing functions. The nurses you do see are sitting listlessly at the nurse’s station, or are wandering around looking cute carrying a chart in search of a doctor. Or worse yet, giggling and laughing because they are looking for a doctor to marry.
Then there is Nurse Ratchet…not going there.
Hospice nurses are portrayed as vultures who jump into the husband’s bed while waiting for the wife to die; or even hasten the death so they can take her place. I was a hospice nurse for many years and super resent that one!
Really, Hollywood. Can’t you do better? I would like to see a show like Cops, only called Nurses. That would be pretty cool, but if the theme song is “Bad girls, bad girls” I will throw something at my TV!