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doctors firing nurses??? :( what the heck was on er tonight? carter gets to decide how much money to spend on security measures, and then is going to fire three senior nurses to pay for it???... Read More

  1. by   canoehead
    Wow, I missed that. Well, we know where all the drug seekers are going to land once word gets around.
  2. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I gave up on ER a LOOOOOOONG time ago. For entertainment value, I guess it's ok but I am only gonna suspend belief so much. I can watch CSI cause I know NOTHING about crime scene processing. Not such a leap for me to suspend belief there. Anywho...to each his/her poison.
  3. by   frankie
    canoehead, let's be realistic about this. it is tv. a chief resident would never be allowed to fire RNs. and if the chief resident was like carter - rich, a contributor to the hosptial, he would NEVER become involved in the day to day operations of the staff - he would sit on the finance committee of the board of trustees. remember - this is entertainment for the masses. do not get your resume together yet - frankie
  4. by   kids
    Originally posted by OBNURSEHEATHER
    <applauds pebbles>

    I think the show did the best job it could communicating all that the general audience could handle.

    Heather
    DITTO

    *sigh* some people are much better at communicating my thoughts than I am.
  5. by   ?burntout
    I have a question: Do ya'll think this is getting to the end of "ER"?
  6. by   anitame
    I hope not burntout! I have laughed out loud at the absolute absurdity of ER more times than I can count. I've also been ticked off a time or two about the portrayal of nurses BUT it's my ONLY television addiction and I love it! I just can't help it.
  7. by   ?burntout
    Originally posted by anitame
    I hope not burntout! I have laughed out loud at the absolute absurdity of ER more times than I can count. I've also been ticked off a time or two about the portrayal of nurses BUT it's my ONLY television addiction and I love it! I just can't help it.
    I have NO clue to what I will do with my Thursday nights when (GULP) this happens!
  8. by   globalRN
    Originally posted by canoehead
    No biggie- those are the ones I almost posted too.

    I think that people watch ER and believe it is how a hospital really runs. We all know nurses are much more than pill pushers and doctor's maids- but the general public doesn't. If the only point that gets across is that the nurses are responsible for day to day running of the unit and major decisions I would be extremely pleased.

    If we allow the public to go on seeing nurses as they are portrayed on ER we will not be seen as professionals, able to make judgements about staffing, workload, and hospital resources- because that's not what they "see" nurses doing in the media.
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    Yes, OBNurseHeather it 'is entertainment' but it is not good for nursing's public image! And that is why it is important to respond to this. Time, the show's writers get a reality check.
    ER@nbc.com
    Last edit by globalRN on Oct 11, '02
  9. by   CMERN
    Nurses public Image....hmm. Maybe E.R. is far fetched at times.But doen't the nurse catch the Crap quiet often?.Maybe the ''PUBLIC" needs to see that being a nurse IS NOT all glamour, goodlooking doctors,and their patients who ador them.
    YEP! the public NEED to see that,.. we get sh*t on quiet often(literally):chuckle: That we work hard, under insane stress levels and YES hopefully soon E.R. will get all that on an episode HUH?
    Last edit by CMERN on Oct 11, '02
  10. by   P_RN
    I didn't see a whole lot of nurses anywhere. It seemed Abby was the one sought out. Malik asked ONE question and was told "not now Malik."

    I took Carrie's comment as rhetorical. She will have to include the number of employees she "wants/needs" in her budget request. Personnel would probably find slots for the nurses laid off.

    Yes I think it's about at the end of a run, a good run though.
  11. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by globalRN
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    Yes, OBNurseHeather it 'is entertainment' but it is not good for nursing's public image! And that is why it is important to respond to this. Time, the show's writers get a reality check.
    ER@nbc.com
    Just like the entertainment industry will never understand the plight of nursing, we will never completely understand the entertainment industry and the ratings game.

    Show me ONE SHOW, that portrays ANY profession accurately. If they showed it how it was, th general public would either be bored, or wonder why we put up with all the crap we do.

    I think nursing has bigger issues to deal with then the Thursday night line-up of NBC.

    I prefer to work on the public image of nursing one patient at a time. I don't look to do it in the media, I just don't think it will ever happen.

    Heather
  12. by   canoehead
    Having a nurse catch a potentially fatal error wouldn't kill them.

    Nor would nursing and docs collaborating on unit decisions.

    It is a fictional show, but real life patients get their only impressions of hospitals, and nurse/doc relationships from it. Hasn't anyone ever said to you "the doctor said I could" or "we'll see what the doctor says" when dealing with a simple hospital policy like no smoking?

    This supposed to be a behind the scenes look at an ER- we could all benefit from strong capable nurses in the media- on a prime time TV show.
  13. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by canoehead
    Having a nurse catch a potentially fatal error wouldn't kill them.
    Why does it kill you that they don't show this?

    Heather

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