TV & Nursing - page 5

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   Agnus
    Is it just me or has no one noticed that not one of these shows is about nurses? Very few nurses are even depicted at all in these shows and rarely at that. They are about the Docs and glamorize the Docs.
    On the rare occasion there is a nurse she is relagated maid or clerical tasks or sex object.
    It looks like hospitals are FULL of 24hour Docs and rarely a nurse at all.
    98 percent of codes are sucessful on TV. AND the person goes on to live a normal healthy life with no after effects, say like oh I don't know, brain damage.
    I even see them doing compressions without any type of respitory resusitation an voila the person is suddenly revived and talking.
  2. by   karenG
    oh shame- I thought all american hosptals were like ER!! none of our medical soaps are realistic- who would watch them if they were!! I watch sometimes to see how much they get wrong!

    Karen
  3. by   boufrn
    I am totally hooked on ER, never miss an episode.., but , I worked for a short time in our ER, and I NEVER saw a doc wait in the parking lot for the ambulance to show up !! But the worst thing I ever saw was when nurse "Carol Hathaway" started an iv on an injured girl, in a parking lot, in the dark, in the pouring down rain !!!! It only took her 2 seconds !! I know I must be slow, but can any of you do it in the dark and rain ????? ( an IV that is...) :-)
  4. by   teeituptom
    Howdy yall
    from deep in the heart of texas

    I never watch any of those medical shows. I stick ro scifi and mysteries, and of course the GOLF CHANNEL. Now in my younger days I did watch Marcus Welby MD, and that paramedic series with the 2 dufus medics was that 911, or was it the paramedics, with Nurse Dixie, she was hot, a lot of juvenile fantasies there.




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  5. by   AmiK25
    Did any of you watch Presidio Med last night? I hadn't seen it before and my mom told me it was good, so I watched it. Big mistake!! First of all, there was like one nurse on the show and guess what, her name was "nurse." I mean really, what doctor just calls you nurse? And if one did, how many of you wouldn't jump up and say "My NAME is ....."

    Second, one of the doctors was talking to her burn patient who had a PCA. She actually said, "Yeah, no more waiting for nurses for thirty minutes to bring you pain medication."

    The main thing that really bugged me was that every single thing one of the doctors did (with the exception of surgery or birthing a baby), a nurse would have done in real life. These doctors were sitting with patients for hours and going to schools to visit patients who missed appointments. Give me a break!!
  6. by   kaycee
    Tom, the show with the 2 dufus medics and nurse Dixie McCall was called Emergency. Inventive title huh.
    I watched Presidio Med and the other show on at the same time called MD's. Both suck IMHO.
  7. by   jenac
    OBNURSEHEATHER- I'm with ya! I love ER- realistic or not. I was a fan long before I was a nurse. I still watch it- schedule allowing, and pick it apart at times too. But come on guys- it's TV. Sex and violence are the American way anymore. Look at the most popular shows today. They don't last long without it. Sad to say, but true. Every show out there has some element of sex- be it sexy nurses who never look frazzled or a hot doctor always looking so fine. And violence? Blood squirtiung everywhere, people with some sort of life-threatening event happening. Scrubs is refreshing because it truely is a comedy- meant to be laughed at and not taken seriously. How many of us have had to just laugh at ourselves some days?
    Tv nursing unrealistic? You bet! And I can't think of anything better after a long hard day at work! Enough reality every day.....
  8. by   nurseandmom
    I watched Pesidio Med last night too. Did you notice that nurse you mentioned (the one named nurse) not only worked in the clinic that all the docs seem to work in but apparently in labor and delivery since she was the one who found the suicide in the closet. Like on the old show Emergency! that had nurse Dixie scrubbing in for surgery.

    I do love ER as much for pointing out the mistakes as for the stories and the cute doctors (love that Luca). Sometimes you just gotta laugh. My favorite was the season finale of ER year before last when Mark Green was in the elevator with the murderer transporting him to surgery all by himself (because you know all er doctors do this) and the patient goes in to V-tach, whithout losing consciousness so I guess he had a pulse. Dr Green holds up the defibrilator and shoots it in the air in the elevator! No arcing electricity. In real life he would have had electricity shooting all over the elevator.
  9. by   kmchugh
    originally posted by l.rae
    or.....when pt. has a code brown..the dr's run from the room screaming..''nurse"
    oh, but l.rae, i was talking about what happens on soap operas. you're talking about real life!! a physician? clean poop? i didn't go to school for 8 years, plus five years of residency, to be a caring human being!

    kev
  10. by   kmchugh
    Originally posted by LasVegasRN
    I'm one of those rare people who loved Chicago Hope. Mandy Patinkin was outstanding - in fact, the whole cast when he was a regular on the show was outstanding. ER just didn't enthrall me as much as Chicago Hope.

    Maybe it was because you had Mandy Patinkin, Mark Harmon, Hector (Elizondo?), Adam Arkin.. just all those powerful actors with such magnificent writers did it..
    I have to admit, Mandy Patinkin is one of my favorite actors. He was great in the Princess Bride.

    Kev
  11. by   Mattigan
    St. Elsewhere and China Beach were the best. I watch ER on a hit or miss schedule and it's okay but .... St. Elsewhere even had a problem with strong, nurse role models, as good as it was...
  12. by   l.rae
    M.A.S.H....one of the only shows realistically portrayed nursing...Margaret knew how to put those docs in their place and hold her own....l like Becker's nurse too....l boycott the lame medical shows though.......LR
  13. by   Scavenger'sWife
    [QUOTE]Originally posted by AmiK25
    [B]Did any of you watch Presidio Med last night? I hadn't seen it before and my mom told me it was good, so I watched it. Big mistake!! First of all, there was like one nurse on the show and guess what, her name was "nurse." I mean really, what doctor just calls you nurse? And if one did, how many of you wouldn't jump up and say "My NAME is ....."

    Second, one of the doctors was talking to her burn patient who had a PCA. She actually said, "Yeah, no more waiting for nurses for thirty minutes to bring you pain medication."

    YESSSSSSSSSSS!!! I was actually going to bring this up! I was kinds watching this show last night, and when the doctor made that comment about "No more waiting 30 min for the nurse to bring you pain meds" I nearly threw something at the TV! I YELLED "OMG!" and hit the remote to change to "Law & Order" (which I wish I had watched instead). My Hubby & son nearly died laughing until they saw my face!! I was soooo mad! I am writing to that show! arrrrggghhhh And to top it all off, the doc who made the remark was a female. The show had been promo as a female show w strong female role models. HUH!

    I guess it bugs me all the more because I am on my hospitals pain committee and used to work hospice. *IF* it takes us 30 min to obtain pain meds for a pt, it is USUALLY because the DOCTOR did NOT ORDER ANY!!!! And then when we call the doc, he hems and haws about what to give, how much, etc., and ends up ordering Demerol 12.5 mg (For BONE METS???? Are you
    NUTS???)

    I love "ER" even tho it is not always realistic....it is fun to look at the cutie docs. I like "Scrubs" too because it has a lot of sharp humor that reminds me a little of "M.A.S.H." which was the BEST. Used to also watch "St. Elsewhere", but I was not a nurse back then and can't really say if it was realistic or not.

    Hey Pappy....I remember Marcus Welby too. And how about "Dr. Kildare" and What was the one with Vince Edwards in it?

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