What smells?? ER! - page 9

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   sharann
    I couldn't resist this....I think Carrie and her significant other may be trying to have a baby....."hormone" shots...

    I watch it, but use it as therapy to yell at how dumb the docs act and how they screw up. My husband won't watch it near me because he says the screaming(mine) scares him!
  2. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by sharann
    I couldn't resist this....I think Carrie and her significant other may be trying to have a baby....."hormone" shots...
    Ohhhh, interesting! I never did buy the using angle. They already did that with Carter, I don't think they're hurting that badly for story lines!

    Heather
  3. by   Robin61970
    I have to say even though I hate Romano......the cactus to Carrie with the card that said...."Your 15 minutes are up" was great!
  4. by   CMERN
    WEllll...MAybe Carries' " hormone" shot will make her "want men EX: Romano...Teee hee... or at least tone down her witchy attitude... nerve racking hefer.
  5. by   canoehead
    Hell, those weren't hormone shots- no way. I want to know what they were...maybe she has some deadly disease. It was a 10cc syringe so what would she use it for ? Of course on ER the size of the syringe may not relate to real life.

    I think they could really do a good job on showing how the lack of nurses affects the ER, if they decided to. I did notice on the last episode some of the docs complaining about having to do nursing jobs- HA!
  6. by   Furball
    Maybe she has hepatitis C and is shooting her interferon at work? I knew a nurse who did that.
  7. by   caroladybelle
    With a 10 cc syringe?????????
  8. by   Furball
    Originally posted by caroladybelle
    With a 10 cc syringe?????????

    OMG no!! Didn't see THAT part......... Another example of ER's unrealism
  9. by   Born Healer
    Canoehead,

    A big thumbs up for you. TV has a huge efect on those watching it. Even though people know in their minds that these shows are for entertainment purposes, there's a part of them that starts to believe that the things they're viewing on TV are true. As nurses we have to be careful about the way the public views the nursing profession. Now that Babyboomers are approaching retirement age the nursing shortage is expected to get worse. In order to recruit more applicants into the Nursing Profession we have to make sure the public views Nursing as a profession that is guided by its own licensing rules that are completely seperate from that of a physician. I have 15 years experience working as an ER/Trauma nurse and I too believe that the show "ER" could make some improvements in the way that they portray nurses. (even though their portrayal is greatly improved from that of shows in the past ----ugh!!!) Believe it or not, some members of the public still believe that people go into "Nursing" because they are not intelligent enough to get into Medical School or that they could not afford Med School--- so, they "settled" for Nursing instead. These myths need to be put to rest, so we do have to monitor the way Nursing is portrayed on TV.
  10. by   canoehead
    Thanks Mary Anne.

    I think both professions have their idiots and their experts, and nursing is portrayed more as a following profession than as leaders. In actual fact we are often the advocates.

    I remember in nursing school discussing how to get an order you wanted from a cranky MD, and one of the techniques suggested by our instructors was to let him think it was his idea. Sad that an approach like that was actually taught in nursing school.
  11. by   w8liftinglady
    Originally posted by canoehead
    Thanks Mary Anne.

    I think both professions have their idiots and their experts, and nursing is portrayed more as a following profession than as leaders. In actual fact we are often the advocates.

    I remember in nursing school discussing how to get an order you wanted from a cranky MD, and one of the techniques suggested by our instructors was to let him think it was his idea. Sad that an approach like that was actually taught in nursing school.
    It's funny you should mention that-because we were taught that,too(along with standing in the doc's presence and making HIM coffee).
    I have a rule for the guys who work with me...no more"I'm sorry""I'm sorry to bother you,doctor""I'm sorry the lab isn't back yet"I mean,I'm all for being polite,but we shouldn't apologize for doing our jobs,and making the docs do theirs.
  12. by   curious
    Hi everyone,

    I just want to give everyone a different perspective. I am considering a medical field, and for a long time thinking of medical school. I was volunteering in free clinics and such, but didn't see too much of nurses there. I didn't even consider nursing at first. Why? You guessed it. I thought that all nurses did was follow doctor's orders. I thought doctors were more involved with the patient in making decisions, from the psychosocial aspect as well.

    Now, I'm not from a medical family. I don't believe TV shows as a general rule, but I think a lot of subliminal influence happens. And of course what I was thinking was absolutely wrong. I did volunteer rotations in ICU, ER and Labor and Delivery and saw how much nurses were responsible for, how much decision making was necessary. The doctor was hardly ever around! And they sure didn't have time to do all of the things you see on TV shows (e.g. spending off hours pulling for a specific patient). It was the nurses who were primarily advocating for the patient.

    I also realized that doctors don;t have complete autonomy. They are also playing their hospital's policy and having to work within insurance guidelines. They don't have say over who gets hired/fired (unless of course private practice).

    Because of these experiences, I am reevaluating what role I want in the healthcare field. I feel lucky that I got a chance to see "real life" first. However, I am concerned that many others who would be considering this field might be swayed due to some of the negative stereotypes of nurses that are perpetuated. I think, actually, it can be equally harmful for potential medical students, because it portrays an incorrect view of what being a doctor is actually like, which can be a recipe for burnout down the road.

    So I'll end this novel by saying that I am very glad that people are speaking out. Media is extremely pervasive, and regardless of whether I decide to pursue nursing I will always speak out when I see them so blatantly misrepresented.

    Thanks for listening.
  13. by   capgirl
    What did y'all think about last night's show?
    Cheers for the nurse's sticking together. I thought Hallay (sp?) was great - she said something like doctors come and go, but the nurses are still here taking care of everyone. Isnt that the truth? It's about time they showed the nurses with some respect. although, the whole reason the ER is in turmoil is over sleeping with Luka.

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