TV & Nursing - page 3

Hey everyone! I'm a nurse wannabe, attending school next fall. I'm curious what you "real, live" nurses think of such programs on tv as ER, Real Life Trauma, Maternity Ward, etc. Are these... Read More

  1. by   MollyMo
    i saw a movie the other night where a trauma was brought in. they were "intubating" the patient. problem was they heard bilateral breath sounds before they stuck the tube in the guy's mouth. and i love how they shock flatline and wonder why nothing happened. and they always do compressions on the abdomen instead of the sternum. i've got my vcr set to tape er. :d
  2. by   Mama Val
    I can't wait for 10 PM
    ER is one of my favorite guilty pleasures
    CSI is the other
    and I am doubley blessed tonight

    I watch these shows so much that my husband yells at me
    "don't you get enough of this"
    I also love the forensic shows that are on also
  3. by   deespoohbear
    Originally posted by Nurse Ratched
    I'm betting they're never short-staffed when the Baby Story people come a-filming .

    You can bet the farm on that one!! Plus all the other shows!
  4. by   deespoohbear
    Mama Val- I really like those foresenic shows too!! FBI Files, The New Detectives, American Justice, Investigative Reports (especially the Cold Case Files). My hubby just rolls his eyes at me. Several times I have seen the same case on different shows. Interesting to see how each of the shows portray the cases.


    My now almost 13 year old son was watching "Paramedics" a couple of years ago and decided that he wanted to be a paramedic. Then he saw an episode which involved a lot of blood. He asked me "Mommy, if I become a paramedic will I see a lot of blood?" :roll Couldn't help laughing at the kid, he was serious. When I told him yes, he said he would have to get back to me whether he really wanted to be a paramedic. Still waiting for the answer.
  5. by   mark_LD_RN
    I like to watch ERand some of the other medical shows, but find them very unrealistic and portray so many things and procedures incorrectly. and as far as baby stort they need to pull that of the air, you will never find that well staffed L&D any where, and they make every birth out to be a disater if it were not for modern medicine and the super doc!
  6. by   l.rae
    originally posted by kmchugh
    yep. and don't forget, when the patient's monitor flatlines, we nurses run from the room screaming "doctor!!!"

    kevin mchugh

    or.....when pt. has a code brown..the dr's run from the room screaming..''nurse"
  7. by   ICUBecky
    las vegasRN- i also liked the fact that when the kid
    (in john Q) had a BP of like 40/10, he was still responsive. i had to laugh.

    anyways, i loved ER until George Clooney left. i stopped watching shortly after. i didn't care about all the medical mishaps, i just liked looking at him!! honestly, i don't watch medical shows that much. remind me too much of work.

    becky
  8. by   VivaLasViejas
    I'll never forget one of the "ER" episodes from its first season.....they were doing CPR on this guy WHO WAS STILL CONSCIOUS AND TALKING. I'd just started nursing school at the time, and even as ignorant as I was then, I still knew you don't perform compressions on a live patient!!! Hilarious!!! That was about the time my family stopped watching it with me though....they didn't like it when I'd yell at the TV "HEY!! That's not how it's done!!". The show's medical stuff is much more accurate than it used to be, but they still do things that drive me batty, like leaving an unconscious, unrestrained pt alone in a bed w/o side rails or running into the next cubicle with blood, barf etc. all over them from the last pt. they dealt with. (Wouldn't infection control have a field day with THAT??!)
  9. by   bagladyrn
    Had a primip come in for an ELECTIVE c/section the other day, who told me "I knew I could insist on a c-section because I saw that on the Baby Story" Not sure whose neck I wanted to wring!
  10. by   NICU_Nurse
    I am so glad I'm not the only one who yelled at John Q!!!!!!!! My husband thought I would love that movie, and instead I found it soooooooo unrealistic I could barely watch it!!! I'm usually a big crier, but I got so frustrated, and when that kid talked with the tube in, I was SHOUTING and my husband told me to go get on the computer and let him watch it!! rofl I have said this before, but I think it speaks volumes: They filmed life in the ER and Code Blue, as well as some Maternity Ward specials at my hospital and our sister hospital down the street. Some of the staff asked the crew why they didn't focus more on the nurses and were told it was because TLC did a poll and viewers said they weren't interested in what the nurses did, only the doctors. Well, I never. I can almost guarantee that if they did a real show on nurses, thousands and thousands of people would be watching it, not the least of which would be every single nursing student in the United States of America! Not to mention all the licensed nurses, watching, at the very least, to see how well they're represented. If that's not ratings, I don't know what is, especially with all of the shortage coverage going on in the news. I never knew my career was so uninteresting!
  11. by   studentOH
    Originally posted by deespoohbear
    Mama Val- I really like those foresenic shows too!! FBI Files, The New Detectives, American Justice, Investigative Reports (especially the Cold Case Files). My hubby just rolls his eyes at me. Several times I have seen the same case on different shows. Interesting to see how each of the shows portray the cases.


    My now almost 13 year old son was watching "Paramedics" a couple of years ago and decided that he wanted to be a paramedic. Then he saw an episode which involved a lot of blood. He asked me "Mommy, if I become a paramedic will I see a lot of blood?" :roll Couldn't help laughing at the kid, he was serious. When I told him yes, he said he would have to get back to me whether he really wanted to be a paramedic. Still waiting for the answer.
    HAHAAHAHA, I was actually in a class with a girl that wondered if she was going to actually have to make beds and feed people as part of her CNA class....can't wait 'til she gets to NURSING clinicals!!

    Can't watch they hospital shows, they're ridiculous.

    Brian
  12. by   kimmicoobug
    Had to comment on one episode of Maternity Ward that I watched. This nurse was instructing the parents how to give injections to their infant and had the father return demonstrate it for her. He injected his son and then put the needle, uncapped, in the crib with his son. The nurse was standing right there, shouldn't she have said that it goes in the sharps container and the last place it should be is in the infant's crib. But, I still love that show and will keep watching. Totally agree with A Baby Story. The moms go into labor looking perfect, get an epidural at 4 cm (and the nurses or doctor ask them at that point if they want it with a big smile on their faces) and then have a C-section. It is just disgusting....
  13. by   Genista
    Yeah- I loved ER until I became a real Nurse! LOL!
    Those TV shows kill me. I want a TV show with with REAL nurses doing what we REALLY do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But will that ever happen????Probably not!

    I can't stand ER or "scrubs" or those type of shows anymore.It angers me when people have no idea of what we nurses are thinking and doing behind the scenes. TV makes it look like some fun play-acting game. I would love for an RN to make and write and direct one of those hospital shows and show how we nurses see it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Last edit by Genista on Sep 29, '02

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