What smells?? ER! - page 6

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   hoolahan
    Well, I stopped watching ER after they killed off Lucy. I just hated that, it was so awful. Then making Carter a drug addict, tho cetainly understandable, it hurt me to watch the change in such a wonderful sensitive doctor.

    Now Scrubs...that is the show for me! Hilarious!

    I am finding more and more I don't want to watch serious medical shows. I want to escape from that. But I do love CSI! It's got the medical facts, but doesn't have anything to do with hospitals or nursing.

    I think there are too many medical dramas and lawyer shows on TV right now.

    I don't even want to think about when Friends ends.....that will be awful!!
  2. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I agree w/Heather. We have the right to agree or to agree to disagree, and if anyone is interested in gagging opposing opinions, only wanting to be stroked the right way, perhaps they should not start threads, or participate in threads likely to incite opinion-expression. I have had many disagree w/me on various issues here and never considered it "rude" when their disagreement was registered in an intelligent, relevant and polite way. Instead of getting upset and taking it personally, I re-read these posts 2 or even 3 times to see why they disagree and find merit in what they say. Critical thinking demands unemotional evaluation of what others (and ourselves) are saying w/o taking it personally all the time. Or in other words, "growing a thicker skin"!

    I STILL say, when one finds a program offensive one only need use the "off" button and perhaps take positive action the way suggested here. I don't go into fits over Baby Story and all the other silly labor/delivery portrayals on TV ( My speciality); I simply choose not to watch.
  3. by   Aussienurse2
    I just want to know how cheap these metal detectors are!? Only three nurses? No wonder people think we are whining about our pay packets! How about getting rid of a few docs? That would be a little closer to the mark is my guess?
  4. by   Youda
    Originally posted by Aussienurse2
    I just want to know how cheap these metal detectors are!? Only three nurses? No wonder people think we are whining about our pay packets! How about getting rid of a few docs? That would be a little closer to the mark is my guess?
    That's sure right, Aussie! Most of the ER's I've been in, it goes like this: patient walks in, nurse puts him in a room, does assessment, nurse orders the lab and tests the docs will want, nurse does the vital signs, nurse cleans the vomit off the floor, nurse helps patient get undressed for the doctor. Doctor stands in the hall and reads everything the nurse wrote, doctor walks in asks a few questions, scribbles in the chart and hands chart to nurse. Nurse explains meds to patient, nurse helps patient get dressed, nurse . . .
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    apparantly, nurses and metal detectors are considered "cheap" with metal detectors being worth slightly more. (just kidding)!
  6. by   Youda
    I just can't resist researching worthless facts.

    According to "Security Planet" a premium walk-through metal detector costs about $5,000.
    http://www.securityplanet.com/cs5000.htm

    Let's see now . . . if one nurse makes about $35,000 a year (low wages there, but let's just say that), then total wages for 3 nurses would be $105,000 for the year. If you bought 4 walk through metal detectors = $20,000, then the ER just saved themselves $85,000/year and got 4 metal detectors thrown into the bargain. Sounds like the suits on ER are more "real to life" than we all thought!
  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Youda, you rock.
  8. by   Flo1216
    Thanks, Heather. People really do get all bent out of shape about the accuracy of medical TV. I for one don't care. I still love them:>D
  9. by   Estella
    Hi everybody,
    I guess I'm still new enough to remember when I watched medical TV and it made me want to be there! Now that I'm on the front line in a Coronary Care unit, it's so much better!
    If you want a laugh: for my BSN leadership course the instructor taped ER and showed us segments of doctors barking out orders and scenes from a lawyer's office to show us "leadership in action...." I thought of the many codes I've been in when my charge nurse has taken over control of the code from residents who aren't as secure in emergent situations. To me, that is true leadership in action.
    My husband loves watching "Diagnosis Murder." He hates having me in the room while he watches it because of my comments. I've found I prefer watching "Emergency Vets" and "Forensic Files." It gives me something to learn that is different from most situations at work. (In other words, I don't complain about the scripts as much!)
  10. by   MollyMo
    Originally posted by shannonRN
    what about the part where abby gave the guy 400mg of demerol instead of 150mg? that showed her on the front line..didn't it? she took initiative and knocked that guy on his a$$.

    I obviously missed this episode. 400 mg of demerol!?!
  11. by   LasVegasRN
    As ridiculous as these TV shows are, they are purely for entertainment value.

    I have to thank "Emergency One!" for inspiring me to enter this field to begin with. I'm quite sure that paramedics had a great laugh over Randolph Mantooth and that guy that played DeSoto in addition to the firemen who were portrayed as cooking elegant meals every day at the firestation.

    Same goes for "Quincy" and.... what was the name of that show with Purnell Roberts? Anyway, these shows glamorized the health field. I'm sure there are quite a few of us that felt a spark of interest as kids when we saw these shows. Would I have felt that same spark if they accurately portrayed nursing as it is today? No way. But, when we have that initial spark, and run with it, and invest time in it and grow to embrace it despite it's up's and down's, that is the pay off.
  12. by   NRSKarenRN
    Think Carter ordered EIGHT metal detectors if memory serves correct. Cought that 400mg of Demeol for person suspected of being drug addict. Does show the extreme's some persons will go too when SEVERE pain is interfering in their life.

    Have always believed: Pain is WHATEVER the patient says it is. They did try to send this guy to pain clinc but appt month away.

    Guess I'm one of the few persons can get same day servie Mon-Fri from PCP and with consults 1-2 days. Longevity does have some perks (along with having trained 2/3 docs I work with and saved their butts.).
  13. by   MollyMo
    Purnell Roberts was "Trapper John, MD".

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