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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   cactus wren
    I gave up on ER last year, now watch CSI, much better show IMHO......and the fact I don`t know a thing about forensics sure helps. I gave up on Trauma..life in the ER after a show where a new resident got her panties in a bind after what appeared to be a vetern nurse made a suggeation about a difficult patient . Said something like" How DARE a NURSE tell me how to treat a patient!!!" And, IMHO< the nurse was right.....
    I use my OFF button alot these days.....and come to this addiction....AllNiurses.....:roll
  2. by   NorthernRN
    I agree with Heather - come on folks - it's a TV show. There are SO many other issues that nursing needs to address, ie short staffing, poor pay rates, long shifts w/o breaks. Let's put our energies towards those issues....

  3. by   Robin61970
    Truth be known we can all write letters to whatever station and complain, but what good will it do? They buy the episodes for the season and it has already been written and directed. They have been shot and put together already and will not be changed....chances are the letters won't be really looked at UNLESS there is a drop in numbers. If that happens they may look at them or they may not. It's TV and it's not real......it has an on button and an off button....not to mention a channel changer.......some use it.
  4. by   Lausana
    yikes, guess I should have posted my thought elsewhere else earilier so not to revive this sleeping thread Sorry folks
  5. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by nrsjo
    Is it just me that saw this in the episode?
    Nope. I saw it too nrsjo. Like I said earlier, the show may not represent true reality, but it shows as much as I think the general public is interested in, or can handle REAL NURSES are leaving nursing in ******* droves, why would a bunch of couch potatoes stick around and watch the crap we won't even put up with?

    I would find it interesting to go to the "AllCrimeSceneInvestigators" website and listen to them b*tch about how unrealistically CSI probably portrays that profession. And I bet I could find some lawyers that think "Law & Order" is a farce.

    Heather
  6. by   Pretzlgl
    Here is the email that I sent to NBC. The only thing that truly bothers me is that we need nurses! Portraying nurses positively is so important today.

    --Just writing to express my concern at the flippant way that characters on your show decided that firing 3 nurses would solve their acute budget problem. I realize that this is "entertainment", but in light of the severe nursing shortage, I find it very irresponsible to continue to portray nursing as a second class profession. As a Registered Nurse who constantly works short staffed I find it particularly offensive. While I watch ER as a means of escape from reality, the general public really does not know the difference. Perhaps an episode promoting nursing or portraying the true value that nurses bring to medicine would be beneficial. Thank you for allowing me to express my concerns.--
  7. by   l.rae
    Originally posted by NorthernRN
    I agree with Heather - come on folks - it's a TV show. There are SO many other issues that nursing needs to address, ie short staffing, poor pay rates, long shifts w/o breaks. Let's put our energies towards those issues....

    All of these issues are interconnected..who 's to say that if public oppinion re; nursing were raised , that we could find it easier to address SO many other issues that plague our profession?...come on people....we are all different with different concerns around this issue...we NEED pple adressing the various problems and make differences on many aspects of nursing, not just the ones we deem most important....we shouldn't minimize others efforts to make a difference regardless of where thay choose to place their efforts....isn't THAT one on the ''other issues that nursing needs adressed''...unity, mutual respect,...let's eat chocolate...not each other... .......(ok poor choice of phrase for some of you...get your mind outa the gutter:roll ).......LR
  8. by   Youda
    OK. I'll do it, too. If you'd like to send an email in protest of the 3 nurses getting fired, send it to ER@nbc.com <ER@nbc.com>

    Here's the email I just sent to NBC:

    ER is one of my favorite shows, and I watch it regularly. Unfortunately, a real problem with the show is the lack of nurses. If it were not for the character of Abby, there are no nurses in "ER." This is laughable since nurses are the backbone of any ER.

    I am horrified that you so easily "fire" 3 nurses to buy metal detectors. How about showing what would happen if three nurses were suddenly gone from a typical ER? I can guarantee you that an ER would stop functioning AT ALL if 3 nurses were fired, and the doctors wouldn't be able to function, either.

    This country is facing a severe nursing crisis. The networks could help this by a fair and ACCURATE portrayal of the plight of nurses dealing with this shortage and the TRUE reasons for it (management ineptitudes, cost cutting at the expense of patient care and nurses salaries, mandatory overtime, burnout and high stress).

    Your show is entertaining, sometimes laughable, in its departure from a real ER. Try putting the nurses back in the show. There's more of us watching than doctors, if you're looking for ratings!

    Thank you!
  9. by   canoehead
    Thanks folks for the letters. I get that this is not supposed to represent reality, I've been frustrated by so many replies that minimizethe issue. Sure, there are more important issues in nursing, but this one, right now, is what I wanted to post about.

    Imagine if someone posted about their pet and got replies that there are more important things to worry about...it's just rude.
  10. by   globalRN
    Originally posted by Pretzlgl
    Here is the email that I sent to NBC. The only thing that truly bothers me is that we need nurses! Portraying nurses positively is so important today.

    --Just writing to express my concern at the flippant way that characters on your show decided that firing 3 nurses would solve their acute budget problem. I realize that this is "entertainment", but in light of the severe nursing shortage, I find it very irresponsible to continue to portray nursing as a second class profession. As a Registered Nurse who constantly works short staffed I find it particularly offensive. While I watch ER as a means of escape from reality, the general public really does not know the difference. Perhaps an episode promoting nursing or portraying the true value that nurses bring to medicine would be beneficial. Thank you for allowing me to express my concerns.--
    ================================
    We are all entitled to our own opinions.
    Thanks for your post Pretzlgl.
    IMO, the public needs to know more about the reality of nursing
    in order to support nurses and nursings efforts.

    After all, it is the voting public which sways those politicians.
    Last edit by globalRN on Oct 14, '02
  11. by   globalRN
    Originally posted by Youda
    OK. I'll do it, too. If you'd like to send an email in protest of the 3 nurses getting fired, send it to ER@nbc.com <ER@nbc.com>

    Here's the email I just sent to NBC:

    ER is one of my favorite shows, and I watch it regularly. Unfortunately, a real problem with the show is the lack of nurses. If it were not for the character of Abby, there are no nurses in "ER." This is laughable since nurses are the backbone of any ER.

    I am horrified that you so easily "fire" 3 nurses to buy metal detectors. How about showing what would happen if three nurses were suddenly gone from a typical ER? I can guarantee you that an ER would stop functioning AT ALL if 3 nurses were fired, and the doctors wouldn't be able to function, either.

    This country is facing a severe nursing crisis. The networks could help this by a fair and ACCURATE portrayal of the plight of nurses dealing with this shortage and the TRUE reasons for it (management ineptitudes, cost cutting at the expense of patient care and nurses salaries, mandatory overtime, burnout and high stress).

    Your show is entertaining, sometimes laughable, in its departure from a real ER. Try putting the nurses back in the show. There's more of us watching than doctors, if you're looking for ratings!

    Thank you!
    ======================================
    Absolutely right on.
  12. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by canoehead
    Imagine if someone posted about their pet and got replies that there are more important things to worry about...it's just rude.
    Yes, it would be. It would also be rude to tell people that they shouldn't express their opinions on a public bulliten board. Maybe from now, if we don't like hearing opinions contrary to our own, we should start our thread with "Only reply if you think like me......."



    Heather
  13. by   JonRN
    Well said Heather. What would be the point of having these BBs if we all thought alike just like automatons. Myself, I think the varied opinions is what keeps me coming back, don't know about anyone else. As far as the subject at hand, ER is for entertainment. If you enjoy it, watch it. If you don't, change the channel. What about the nurses on soaps? Do you feel this is an accurate representation of nurses? How many of you have written to the soaps re: this? To take it a step farther, how about the nurses in Porn Movies? The public has their perception of nurses, and like many other things, change is slow in coming.
    Last edit by JonRN on Oct 14, '02

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