Fox TV's House

  1. Hey, do any of you watch "House" on Fox and if so, did you see this week's episode? I've watched it in the past and have overlooked the obvious flaws against reality (e.g. the little doctor underlings giving meds, drawing labs and sitting vigil at the bedside), however this week's episode drew the line for me. The scene is, "Dr. House" is at the bedside of a patient, he gives an IM of something, the pt immediately responds and gets out of bed (a feat which had previously eluded him), the med wears off and the pt falls. "Dr. House" then says "This is why God invented nurses", pokes his head out the doorway and yells "Clean up on aisle 5!" I'll never watch the show again. Who's with me?
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  3. by   TexasPediRN
    Lol..I love this show..although I did want to jump through the screen and strangle him when he said "this is why god invented nurses"..

    maybe we should all write to the producers and tell them that they need to praise nurses instead of belittle them...maybe we wouldnt have such a nursing shortage then!
  4. by   Still Riding
    This is the second week in a row that they made comments about nurses not in a positve light.
  5. by   KrisRNwannabe
    I watch it every week. I assumed someone would start a thread about it sooner or later. Personally, i laughed when he said clean up on aisle 5. I watch the show for what it is...a drama. if I wanted to watch shows about hospitals that were totally accurate, i would watch discovery health channel. If i got ticked everytime some made a crack against my profession i would be an unhappy person. doesn't bother me what people think. imagine if you were an attorney? you'd be permanently ticked.
  6. by   nurse4theplanet
    I LOVE House...but have not been able to watch lately. The comment seems humorous to me...esp. considering the character. "Dr. House" has said much worse comments to his patients and peers than this! Like someone else said, its just a drama...a show...fiction. Don't let it up set you. In the real world if a doc said this, he would get a piece of my mind. If you find the attitude of the show as a whole to be demeaning towards nurses, then that may call for a letter to the producer. However, as far as I have seen, you rarely even see a nurse around...its not really the plot if you know what I am saying.
  7. by   Sheri257
    The thing is ... House is a jerk to everybody on the show, including his colleagues and the head of the hospital, so I'm not sure why anyone would be surprized that he's a jerk to nurses too.

    That's the character. Does anyone really expect House to suddenly become polite to anyone?

    I don't know why everybody takes this stuff so seriously. It's TV. I guess nurses are thin skinned because any little thing seems to set people off.

  8. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Wonder if there's any doctors out there that are a little less than thrilled about how this show is protraying a doctor?
  9. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    I don't know why everybody takes this stuff so seriously. It's TV. I guess nurses are thin skinned because any little thing seems to set people off.
    It might not be serious to you, but it might be to someone else.
  10. by   sirI
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    Wonder if there's any doctors out there that are a little less than thrilled about how this show is protraying a doctor?
  11. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    I wasn't asking it to be funny, i was asking it in all seriousness.
  12. by   nursedawn67
    I've never seen the show....but here is my 2 cents....Doctor's for years have treated nurses like dirt. And people should see nurses in a new light that we can do the simplest of task that even a doctor could not. I have heard all the "nurse" jokes there are, but in reality when I talk to people and they hear I'm a nurse they are impressed.
  13. by   DutchgirlRN
    I watched the show last night for the first time. I was shocked when Dr. House gave that patient an injection. It was something for Myesthia Gravis. (sp?) I thought the show was ok. In general I don't like medical shows because they are so phoney. Like another poster mentioned......since when do doctors sit at the patients bedside and like on ER go to the patient's home to check on them or talk them into having some kind of surgery. Oh how totally unrealistic. I do enjoy watching the medical shows on LTC.
  14. by   NotReady4PrimeTime
    Yes, House is fiction and all of us on this board know that what happens in Greg House's world is not real. But the vast majority of people who watch shows like this, Grey's Anatomy, ER and Scrubs have no idea that this isn't the way the real world works. They're oblivious to the nuances of medicine and nursing, the extreme unlikeliness that a hospital actually runs without nurses, that many doctors wouldn't have a hot clue how to run an IV med, that there isn't a chance in this world that they'd be providing personal care (or even cleaning up their own messes!), that nurses are in fact the ones handling the paddles while the doctor stands at the foot of the bed "running the code", providing the emotional support to patient and family and keeping all things on track. They don't know that in real life they'd be very fortunate to see a doctor for five minutes twice a day while in hospital. What they see on TV becomes reality to them and the images of nurse-as-physician's-handmaiden, nurse-as-sex-object, nurse-as-invisible are perpetuated. The impact on young people's career choices is obvious when one looks at the shortage of nurses today. If this was your only exposure to nursing, would you want to be one?

    The Center for Nursing Advocacy is campaigning to have nursing more accurately portrayed in the media. They have a number of letter-writing campaigns on the go all the time. If you feel strongly that there's a problem with how nursing is viewed by the world, maybe you could help! They've been successful in having the Skechers print ads, the Pennzoil print ads, the Physician's Formual print ads, the Herbal Essence TV spots and the TAG Body Spray TV spots pulled. They also got Dr. Phil to apologize for his show on "cute nurses out to seduce and marry doctors because that's their ticket out of having to work as a nurse". TV drama is always on the hot seat. I've written a number of letters in response to issues just such as we're discussing; there's a certain satisfaction in speaking one's mind.

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