Unrealistic steriotypes of medicine on TV - page 6

I'm doing my pre-reqs for Nursing school, and I'm taking English Comp. My instructor gave several possible themes for our second essay, and I chose "Unrealistic steriotypes of medicine on TV" since... Read More

  1. by   ibnrn
    I absolutely loathe "House" for many reasons, but the biggest is how he has chronic leg pain and they keep drumming it in that he's an "addict" because he needs pain medication. He's supposed to grin and bear the pain he suffers. That's all we need, with the myths about pain control which are rampant in our society. Also the episode where he does prenatal surgery was ludicrous.
    And I hate how the doctors fight and argue with one another in all the medical shows and have all kinds of conflicts. In my experience, most of them are supportive and will close ranks and defend each other in a heartbeat (oh that nurses would do that!).
    One of the more hilarious happenin's was on Seinfeld, when George had a red robin foley catheter taped to his nose as an NG tube!
    But...I have a guilty pleasure...I LOVE Scrubs. Especially Dr's Cox and Kelso, and the running argument between the internists and surgeons as to who's the best practitioner. Now, I have seen that happen! :spin:
  2. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    The only reason i watch "Scrubs" is to get my Zach Braff fix.
  3. by   teeituptom
    Quote from chnc1024
    I'm doing my pre-reqs for Nursing school, and I'm taking English Comp. My instructor gave several possible themes for our second essay, and I chose "Unrealistic steriotypes of medicine on TV" since I felt I could benifit from the information. My problem is, since I've never worked in the medical feild I'm having a hard time getting started. So, if anyone would post some examples of things you have seen on tv that drove you crazy, or made you want to throw things; it would help me greatly!

    Have a Great Day!
    Chancie
    If its on TV then its unrealistic

    therefore why watch it

    waste of time totally and completely
  4. by   Diploma'82
    Don't remember the show but the order to give 50 cc's of demerol made me cringe. I hate no side rails. Talking while on a vent sends me off! I don't watch them much either.
  5. by   rnparrot
    Quote from RNcDreams
    I agree with all of the above....

    -Your hair does not remain frizz free and perfectly styled after 14 hours of work
    -Doctors do not take specimens to the lab and run tests themselves
    -Codes are sloppy and the room is generally full of bystanders--docs do not do CPR...


    and just to reiterate.... You can't shock a flat line!!!
    quick question...you don't shock a flat line?? what do you do....when DO you shock?
  6. by   NotReady4PrimeTime
    Asystole and pulseless electrical activity are not shockable rhythms. Supraventricular tachycardia, atrial flutter, atrial fibrillation, pulseless ventricular tachycardia, ventricular fibrillation... those you can shock. The first three are given small doses of electricity - cardioversion - and the other two are treted with larger shocks - defibrillation. Of course, all this is happening in conjunction with high-quality CPR and drugs. ACLS information can be found here: http://www.madsci.com/manu/indxacls.htm You might not ever need it, but it wouldn't hurt to at least be familiar with it.
  7. by   doe9181
    It really irks me that there are never any nurses on the shows. Or when there is a nurse, she is usually negatively displayed. Like the nurse on Grey's Anatomy who gave George syphilis and also when Christina barked at a nurse to give a patient a bedpan. I hate that they display nurses in a negative fashion. Unfortunately I still watch the show because it's entertaining. I wish they would have a nurse-only show that would show the nurses perspective. Maybe follow some new grads through their first year and then compare it to more seasoned nurses. Also on soap operas, who are those nurses kidding? They full face of makeup, the long flowing perfectly styled hair, and the cleavage? Give me a break! I also love scrubs. It's really entertaining and it helped me get through my first year as a nurse. (I don't know how, I think the shows theme song alone could of been my theme song.)
  8. by   caroladybelle
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    The only reason i watch "Scrubs" is to get my Zach Braff fix.
    Same here.
  9. by   buggal1989
    Quote from Zookeeper3
    When ER first came out, my husband grabbed the clicker and shut it off. "You're NOT at work!" he lambasted as I screamed "you DON'T SHOCK a flat line" and then talked about it through a good portion of the show.

    Now I change the channel and have not watched a single hospital show, it drives me NUTS:trout:, the hubby too. I'm officially cut off!

    Me too, I am banned by the hubbie from screaming out a nasal cannula does NOT make a ventilator sound and other such screams - - - I couldn't stand the way they gave injections in the ELBOW and in 1 second flat the patient was COMPLETLY ON THE CEILING. I WANTED that drug SO BAD some days for some patients that REALLY, REALLY deserved it!!! How about you?

    Of course he is not allowed to scream out that's a RUSSIAN/GERMANS/etc tank and their fighting the RUSSIANS/GERMANS/etc. NO MORE army movies for him!

  10. by   buggal1989
    Quote from jlsRN
    The only show I watch is SCRUBBS which is obviously a comedy. I've been getting it though Netflix and will watch a bunch of them in a row. I guess a comedy doesn't have to be accurate, but these last episode had Elliot intubating a pt with no one else in the room, with an ambubag not hooked up to O2, with no nurse assisting with anything. Also, Carla is supposedly the charge nurse of one unit, but she appears in any unit where the doctors are having an issue such as peds, surgery, icu, etc. Also, I just watched a show where they walk into the janitor's breakroom and they are all white guys, no women, no minorities. They must be trying to go opposite of the stereotype there for comedic effect.
    AGES ago there was a show called ER (NO NOT the one that's popular NOW!). But the nurse in charge was pleasantly plump and her hubbie sang a song about "Love Handles" and was from the start a comedy - it poled funny at ALL hospital workers and the same nutso patients pts we see enter OUR ER's. Does anyone else remember this show? It was a BLAST!
  11. by   donsterRN
    Quote from buggal1989
    Me too, I am banned by the hubbie from screaming out a nasal cannula does NOT make a ventilator sound and other such screams - - - I couldn't stand the way they gave injections in the ELBOW and in 1 second flat the patient was COMPLETLY ON THE CEILING. I WANTED that drug SO BAD some days for some patients that REALLY, REALLY deserved it!!! How about you?

    Of course he is not allowed to scream out that's a RUSSIAN/GERMANS/etc tank and their fighting the RUSSIANS/GERMANS/etc. NO MORE army movies for him!

    HA! Welcome to MY world...!!!

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