TV & Nursing

  1. 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 show a help or hinderance to the profession?

    Are they realistic?

    Do you think they show a glamorized version of your work?

    I'm very curious as to what you - the experts - think about this topic.

    Michelle

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  3. by   renerian
    I used to like ER till everyone left the show! LOL. I cried when Mark Green died..................a softee. Anyways they are somewhat realistic but you still see things that are way off base........

    renerian
  4. by   LasVegasRN
    And please don't ever go by soap opera's. If we lived in Genoa City, we would pat our patients on the head, look at monitors, lovingly look at doctors (there's only 2 in Genoa City), never turn patients, and we would immediately run and get coffee for Victor Neuman when he walks in. That's it.

    Oh yeah, hold a metal chart and tell the visitors, "the doctor will have to discuss that with you", and if they get emotional, we run and get a cold compress. Don't forget to look worried when the big sweeping music plays in the background.
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I hate them really. Never watch em. They just don't and cannot find a way to portray accurately what we do..ESP shows like A Baby Story...make me wanna yack. If you want to know what nursing is like, shadow some nurses in a real situation. That is the best way I can think of. I wish you luck!
  6. by   bagladyrn
    If I have one more couple tell me "That's not the way they did it on the Baby Story....." (considering violence here) : )
  7. by   JonRN
    The shows on TLC like Trauma ER are realistic because it is real. The rest suck. Even when a patient is thrashing around, no siderails are ever up on the phony shows. Would make a lot of attorneys rich if this actually happened.

    Pappy
  8. by   Nurse Ratched
    I'm betting they're never short-staffed when the Baby Story people come a-filming .
  9. by   kmchugh
    Originally posted by LasVegasRN
    And please don't ever go by soap opera's. If we lived in Genoa City, we would pat our patients on the head, look at monitors, lovingly look at doctors (there's only 2 in Genoa City), never turn patients, and we would immediately run and get coffee for Victor Neuman when he walks in. That's it.

    Oh yeah, hold a metal chart and tell the visitors, "the doctor will have to discuss that with you", and if they get emotional, we run and get a cold compress. Don't forget to look worried when the big sweeping music plays in the background.
    Yep. And don't forget, when the patient's monitor flatlines, we nurses RUN from the room screaming "DOCTOR!!!"

    Kevin McHugh
  10. by   Mama Val
    And we would all be skinny (yeahhhh I wish, now I know its not real ) with perfectly clean never staining body hugging uniforms, and the nurses dresses are always cut above the knee and the support hose come in so many colors (but never kitchen appliance white). And high heels would be oh so comfortable after a 10 hour shift.
    We could just tell the float nurse Suzy "I'm going to lunch now" and walk out with out giving report, be gone for hours having lunch at some resturant that happens to be located in a hotel in case.......well you know. Then again the nurse patient ratio is like 1 to 1 because all you ever see the nurses doing is restocking the medicine cabinet over and over and over again.
    Slap me quick and hand me the remote...
  11. by   Youda
    Yeah, I like it when the woman is up in stirrups grunting and screaming, then all of a sudden they hand her a clean little baby with a nice round head. The kid looks like its ready for college, instead of just born! LOL!

    Or how about the sexy nurse in a short skirt wearing high heels! Necking in the broom closet! Yeah, right!

    And don't you just love it when someone dies on TV and the nurse just stands there, then turns off the EKG monitor?

    Are TV shows realistic? LOL!:roll :chuckle
    Last edit by Youda on Sep 25, '02
  12. by   kaycee
    and do you ever notice nobody ever has any paper work on tv. They carry the charts around but nobody ever writes in them.
  13. by   KarafromPhilly
    I love it when people who are working with NO safety equipment get sprayed with blood (this seems to happen often on ER), and they just frown and wash it off. Where I work, Corporate Health would crawl up your a$$ with a flashlight.
  14. by   CaliNurse
    Oh man what a riot!

    I can't get passed the x-ray hung upside down & backwards !!!!!

    The ER doc shouting out every abbreviation known to man kind

    I want a CBC, H&H, CHEM PANEL, Liver Panel, Enzymes, bun, Crt, o2 sat, tsh, pt, ptt, HIV ( no consent ) screening, ofcourse we will repeat some of the panels.... sodium, potassium,,,, etc etc etc,,, blah, blah blah blah. oh yeah, make it an asap STAT!

    portable CXR -- The guy is coding on the table lets stop it and wheel him down to x-ray and stand him up for the chest film. daah


    TYPE & CROSS for 2 units of packed red cells ( what other color do they come in ??? Purple, Green, Orange, Blue????

    and make it STAT.... everything is STAT in the ER !

    they all sound like Charlie Brown's teacher - Whaa Whaa Whaa Whaa Whaa Whaa, Whaa Whaa.

    And all the ER docs are handsome, all the nurses are skinny with clear skin and shinny hair. They even have enough energy to go work out after working a double shift. Everyone runs around getting everything done.... with out washing their hands. Equipment is so dense you can't get the guerneys in. Feeding pumps, and all the other equipment you never see in the ER.

    I can't watch it without picking it apart.

    I like watching the animal rescue show. I am not sure of the title but it is like "animal ER". Since it is out of my area I can't pick it apart.

    (:>

    Cali
    Last edit by CaliNurse on Sep 26, '02

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