Heart Attack Grill (20/20 ABC show)

  1. Thought for sure I would see an uproar about this restaurant in Az featured on ACB's 20/20. The waitresses wear slutty porn-type 'nurses' outfits and roll their bloated patrons to their car in a w/c after they gorge themselves on unhealthy foods. It was featured on 20/20s Gimme a Break last pm. John Stossel says Gimme a Break about nurses being upset over the image. IMO the person who was defending the "real nurses" did a very poor job.

    Anyone else see it??
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  2. 102 Comments

  3. by   mekrn
    No, but ewwwwwwwwwwww!!!!!!! Give ME a break!
  4. by   EricJRN
    I'll admit that it might not do great things for our image, but I feel like we have a lot bigger fish to fry (no pun intended). Ratios/workloads, burnout, you name it. There are enough things to worry about without getting too upset over this one.
  5. by   HARRN2b
    I actually saw this. The customers eat these huge greasy meals and the nurse wheels them out to their car in a wheelchair. She has on the slutty short shirt that is supposed to portray a nurse uniform. There is a sign outside that says "hiring hot nurses". The one waitress they interviewed said she was going to nursing school.

    Oh, and the guy who owns the restarant is the doctor, so he wears scrubs and a steth around his neck, and everyone calls him "doctor".
  6. by   mom and nurse
    Quote from kriso
    Thought for sure I would see an uproar about this restaurant in Az featured on ACB's 20/20. The waitresses wear slutty porn-type 'nurses' outfits and roll their bloated patrons to their car in a w/c after they gorge themselves on unhealthy foods. It was featured on 20/20s Gimme a Break last pm. John Stossel says Gimme a Break about nurses being upset over the image. IMO the person who was defending the "real nurses" did a very poor job.

    Anyone else see it??
    Here's another recent allnurses thread about this. It's under the title "Oh my....." from earlier this month....

    http://allnurses.com/forums/f8/oh-my...t+attack+grill

    Also another about a letter writing campaign about this...

    http://allnurses.com/forums/f100/nur...t+attack+grill
    Last edit by mom and nurse on Nov 18, '06
  7. by   Ruby Vee
    [font="comic sans ms"]i saw it, and i must admit, i thought i'd see of flurry of commentary in here as well.

    the nurse representative was not especially articulate when questioned, and could have done a better job. but her points were valid. only nurses with licenses should call themselves nurses. and the "naughty nurse" image is demeaning to nurses. one of the reasons there is a nursing shortage is the way nursing is portrayed in the media, so i can see her point.

    it's all too common for some people to say something offensive, and then when you're offended proclaim "i was only kidding! you need to get a sense of humor!" women have been verbally abused that way for generations. i have a sense of humor, and it's still offensive.

    unfortunately, nurses are going to get more bad press for being offended by this.
  8. by   Multicollinearity
    I saw this on 20/20. I think the show obscured the real legal issue. The state attorney general issued a cease and desist order for the restaurant to stop misrepresenting non-nurses as nurses. This was after notification from the BON. I thought 20/20 tried to make it sound like the state was cracking down on bad taste or disprespect towards nurses. They were not. Bad taste and disrespect isn't illegal. Misrepresentation of being a licensed professionals is illegal. I read the notice from the attorney general to the restaurant. It was just 'stop misrepresenting your employees as nurses'.

    I think the restaurant owner is free to be the idiot he clearly is. He just can't misrepresent his employees as "nurses" while he's being an idiot.
    Last edit by Multicollinearity on Nov 18, '06
  9. by   BSNtobe2009
    Maybe it's just me, I saw the same show, and the first thing I thought of was the girls were one step away from a strip club...nothing about nurses entered into my mind. It may be because their uniforms don't resemble anything nurses have ever worn. I think the same thing about girls that work at Hooters.
  10. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    JS would say "give me a break" about the nurses being in an uproar, but not about people gorging themselves on food???


    Duh, John, duuuuuh!!!
  11. by   anc33
    I am personally not that offended. Its not like nursing is the only occupation to receive this kind of attention. After all, we have naughty librarians, police officers, housewives, teachers and so on. We also objectify men in the same way. Hot construction workers, police, firemen, etc.

    I have heard Sandy Summers from the Center for Nursing Advocacy speak and, honestly, I am not that impressed. I guess I would rather focus on something that improves our current working conditions. I have faith the majority of us is intelligent enough to distinguish between the fantasy and reality of nursing.
  12. by   EDValerieRN
    I hope those cute 'lil nurses know CPR with those big nasty old pervs coming in and eating all that junk.....
  13. by   kukukajoo
    I wonder if they use trans fats
  14. by   Ruby Vee
    [font="comic sans ms"]a british poll shows that 54% of british men fantasize about "the naughty nurse." they also fantasize about maids and flight attendants -- traditionally female, service-oriented jobs without the pay or prestige that come with more traditionally male jobs. the poll suggests that a prevalent association of nursing with sexuality may promote sexual violence in the workplace, discourage potential nurses from entering the worplace, encourage an attitude of disrespect toward nurses and weaken nurses' claims for adequate resources. this lack of respect together with the education required to be a nurse and the difficulty of the profession may contribute to the nursing shortage. after all, i paid for and sweat through four years of college so i could star in men's fantasies -- didn't you?


    http://www.nursingadvocacy.org/news/...4_fantasy.html

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