ER last night made me mad! - page 5

:rolleyes: did you guys hear nusre sam ask abby if she could take her shift the next day, and dr. weaver said let somebody else do it, "we don't need our residents to be seen slinging bedpans."... Read More

  1. by   SharkLPN
    Not to mention that newbie nurse in the Tweetie shirt on one of the episodes. After one too many 'yuckies' she witnessed, she twittered "This is NOT what I went to nursing school for!" and stormed off, never to be seen again.

    Umm. Did this character never have a clinical rotation?

    I'll join in the grousing over nurses protrayal on ER. Even the her highness Carol was a twit many times. Remember, that character ODed in the pilot. Why do we only have to focus on one nurse (who is usually dating one of the ER docs), and that particular nurse has major issues?

    Guess it doesn't make a good enough story....
  2. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    After reading some of these posts, I'm glad that I have never seen an episode of ER.
  3. by   Chaya
    I guess the reason ER's portrayal (or lack thereof) of nurses peeves me so much is that I really do believe the media is an incredibly powerful force in shaping the opinions and behaviors of our society as a whole. Furthermore it happens in such a subtle way; people are unable to pinpoint how they came to have a certain impression of a subject, be it women, nurses, George Bush. They just "knew of a nurse that..." or "heard somewhere". It isn't a very big step to "everbody knows that nurses...(fill in the blank)"
    There was a similar thread recently discussing some of the stuff on MTV, etc.
  4. by   Chaya
    Quote from NursesRmofun
    I may be one of the few, I don't know...but I never liked ER because I felt in was a totally inaccurate betrayal of the way the ERs and hospitals in general work! It seems like a big soap opera to me. Sure, there are some juicey things happening in some real hospitals...affairs, etc. But not anywhere close to this stuff...only in the writers imaginations. And the drama is played out very briefly in real life...after all, it's only an ER! Short stays. Short interactions with patients then pass them on to OR, a floor/unit, or home. I like to watch "Trauma in the ER," for those of you who have seen it. It's great. It's real!
    Haven't seen it. Do nurses exist on this show?
  5. by   ktwlpn
    Quote from rn4booboo
    And as for the biblicalness of perenial care- I am not only a nurse but was a patient for 3 months, any time perenial care was performed I was not thinking that the nurse was an angel- I was biding my time that she got the h-e- double hockey sticks out of my room so I could regather my dignity.
    "biblicalness" he he...Is that a real word or did you make it up? I like it....
  6. by   teeituptom
    Quote from Hellllllo Nurse
    After reading some of these posts, I'm glad that I have never seen an episode of ER.


    you really havent missed anything

    do better on Days of our Lives
  7. by   jkaee
    Quote from teeituptom
    you really havent missed anything

    do better on Days of our Lives


    Speaking of Days, what the heck is up with Marlena?? Now, that show has really gone off the deep end!

    Ok, everyone may resume the original topic..... :chuckle
  8. by   mattsmom81
    It used to bug me too how nurses were portrayed on these shows. But now I look at them like I would Jay Leno's and other shows...a entertaining joke/bash fest. Sad but true...too many people DO believe everything they hear and form opinions based on TV shows. I take the opportunity every chance I get to dispell myths personally. When out in general company people find I'm a nurse invariably I will get "So is it REALLY like ER in your hospital?" That's my opportunity and I take it...probably bore them to death too..if I'm not careful...the public has a short attention span for serious stuff...LOL!!

    So true ER has become like the soap General Hospital. If we could get back to a CSI type show based on the fascinating things nurses and medical people run into and do, that would be good. ER started out more like that but has really backslid.

    I'd like to see a medical show like that, wouldn't ya'll? Maybe we should design a pilot and try to sell it.....
  9. by   HU_nurse
    Quote from NursesRmofun
    I may be one of the few, I don't know...but I never liked ER because I felt in was a totally inaccurate betrayal of the way the ERs and hospitals in general work! It seems like a big soap opera to me. Sure, there are some juicey things happening in some real hospitals...affairs, etc. But not anywhere close to this stuff...only in the writers imaginations. And the drama is played out very briefly in real life...after all, it's only an ER! Short stays. Short interactions with patients then pass them on to OR, a floor/unit, or home. I like to watch "Trauma in the ER," for those of you who have seen it. It's great. It's real!
    Yea, that's what I watch, "trauma in the ER." there was a good one on there last nite where the nurse was struggling with the many adversaties of being an ER nurse. At one point the DR. said to her: "whose running this floor, me or you." But the nurse handled the situation well. That show is more realistic and the nurses get a lot more credit for what they do. I love it! So stop watching ER and turn to Trauma in the ER!
  10. by   Q.
    I stopped watching ER about 2 years ago due to asinine comments like the one the OP mentioned.

    Yes, it's a TV show and yes, we all know it's fiction and not fact-based. Yes, we all know what the "truth" is. The problem is the public does NOT.
    A 2000 JWT study of kids grade 2-10 found that they got their impressions of nursing from ER. Impressions were: a girl's job; a "technical field" equivalent to shop class in school.

    Kasier found that 1 in 3 adults who watched ER based their medical decision and opinions on it.

    So yes, it's a TV show but unfortunately, that's what portrays nursing in our society today.

    Visit www.nursingadvocacy.org. They have a letter writing campaign.
  11. by   teeituptom
    Wheres Marcus Welby MD when we need him
  12. by   bellehill
    Personally I love to watch ER, I know it is just entertainment and that is all I expect. I do see a lot of people who base their medical decision on what they saw on TV, but I also have a lot of patients make decisions based on what "Uncle John" had done or request meds because their cousin was on "it" when he had surgery. The general public has no idea what nurses do daily, I don't think they want to know.

    I don't watch a show like ER expecting to see what an ER is like, I expect to watch an hour long drama. Trauma Life in the ER is a much better portrrayal of a true ER. When is the last time a network program showed something that was 100% accurate? The truth won't sell commercial slots!
  13. by   florry
    Quote from Monist
    Helping someone onto a bedpan who can't get out of bed to use the toilet is perhaps the greatest honor you will ever have in this world. The rest (money, credentials, power) is all just smoke and mirrors. Cleaning someone up who has soiled themselves is the greatest act of kindness you will ever do. Shows like ER aren't real, so who cares how they portray anything?

    When you see the truth, you will see that God has played a big joke on those who must elevate themselves to the status of emporer or die trying. If you can't see the incredible honor, dignity and power in being the person who provides perineal care to an incontinent patient--then you're in hell.

    The Monist
    Thank you for this words! You have an attitude to nursing that mirrors an etic fundament relateted to the human being who need help with the most private act: to clean them selves and to empty the bladder- all because of illness/handicap. I have worked with severe ill patients in intensive care; IV, bagging and medication and so on are only technic, To care is an art.

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