Am I Only one who is irritated by doctors and medical shows? - page 3

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I am not even a nurse yet, but my short time in the hospital as aide made me see how much nurses do and how smart they are about patient care and how little doctors are even around and sometimes honestly they seem to just not get... Read More


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    I don't even like shows like The Doctors and just can't tolerate Dr Oz with his following every new "brand new study says" stuff. And give me a break, he's an expert in ever area of medicine? People, just go to your personal physician please lol
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    Quote from AbbyVincent
    Yet somehow medical shows continue to portray the situation unfairly. I actually got into a small disagreement with someone about the show scrubs. They said all in all it was one of the better ones, but one of the nurses makes a comment about never going to college (then she couldn't have been a nurse) and their is a particularly irritating scene where a doctor fires a nurse. you also see the doctors sending the nurses to new assignments?
    Actually, don't diploma nurses not go to any college? Correct me if I'm wrong.

    It used to rankle me about the tv shows, but not so much anymore. I go to work everyday and help unsure residents nearly every day and feel like a valued member of the healthcare team--the attendings know me well and listen to my concerns and suggestions.

    I've watched Scrubs and House in the past, but only keep up with Grey's. I guess it does rankle me a bit how the surgical chief seems to have control of the whole hospital (no CEO?) and that patient in the ER episode where they let her die and no one knew anything about her (i.e. where was the nurse? I'm sure that a patient with inhaled smoke, a pneumo, etc etc wouldn't be left unattended??)

    Le sigh. I guess it does rankle me when I think about it. I guess it's just giving the public what they want--their unrealistic beliefs of what nurses do.
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    Quote from beckyboo1
    I don't even like shows like The Doctors and just can't tolerate Dr Oz with his following every new "brand new study says" stuff. And give me a break, he's an expert in ever area of medicine? People, just go to your personal physician please lol
    I believe he is a cardiac surgeon and was very surprised that he was still practicing since he is a big shot tv star. A lot of the stuff he recommends has been discredited-like some of the weight loss stuff he talks about.
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    Quote from AbbyVincent
    I am not even a nurse yet, but my short time in the hospital as aide made me see how much nurses do and how smart they are about patient care and how little doctors are even around and sometimes honestly they seem to just not get what is actually going on. Sometimes they actually seem pretty clueless...
    Yet somehow medical shows continue to portray the situation unfairly. I actually got into a small disagreement with someone about the show scrubs. They said all in all it was one of the better ones, but one of the nurses makes a comment about never going to college (then she couldn't have been a nurse) and their is a particularly irritating scene where a doctor fires a nurse. you also see the doctors sending the nurses to new assignments?
    Any way i know it is just tv, but it upsets me because so many people are just ignorant
    to what nursing is all about.
    I know I was. I wanted to be a doctor mostly because I wanted to challenge gender sterio types, but one stay in the hospital changed my perspective took a 180. the nurses are the ones taking care of the patients!
    Any way I don't want to bash doctors but I think maybe we need a new outlook on the way we view the healthcare team.
    It actually is possible to be a nurse without ever having gone to college. There are still diploma programs around- as few and far between as they may be.

    ER is the only medical show I will watch... I'm actually watching it right now... I can tolerate the mistakes because I started watching this show when I was like 13 so I like the characters more than the medical aspect of it. But there are things that are just so unrealistic it's ridiculous... like the other day I was watching an episode where an ER Attending pages Abby (who got kicked out of med school and is working as an OB nurse) and tells her that she's pulling her off OB to work as an ER nurse for the day. HA. Like the MDs have anything to do with assigning/floating nurses....

    I cannot stand Grey's Anatomy. I remember being forced to watch the episode where Grey died when I was out of town with a bunch of friends who watched it... they were getting mad because the whole episode I just kept saying "she's dead, she's dead, she's dead."

    There's a funny list about the inaccuracies in Grey's Anatomy:
    life: "Things I learned on "Grey's Anatomy" that I didn't learn in medical school"
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    Quote from CapeCodMermaid
    It's television. It's meant to be entertaining, not a class on what goes on in real life. I watch every medical show there is....sure I holler at the TV when they give the wrong dose, but it's still just entertainment.
    ^Truth. Most pt's and families are aware we do 95% of their care; however you still run into that run of the mill "the doctor hangs the IV bag" stuff as a PP said. To me, that's just as entertaining as hollering at House, or laughing at Scrubs!
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    I think Nurse Jackie, drug addictions included, is the most accurate medical show I have ever seen. That is not to say it's accurate, just compaired to the crap like House & Grey's it is.
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    Quote from Poochiewoochie

    I believe he is a cardiac surgeon and was very surprised that he was still practicing since he is a big shot tv star. A lot of the stuff he recommends has been discredited-like some of the weight loss stuff he talks about.
    ^ Yeah, but I have incorporated flax seed as a staple in my diet, and will mix sparkling water in my juice to cut down on drinking soda. You can take what is useful, but for the public to take it on and when you appear at the beside and say "Dr. Oz said..." you are going to have a conversation about finding this pt a PCP...
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    Quote from beckyboo1
    I don't even like shows like The Doctors and just can't tolerate Dr Oz with his following every new "brand new study says" stuff. And give me a break, he's an expert in ever area of medicine? People, just go to your personal physician please lol
    ^This!!! LOL...
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    just a couple weeks ago on greys anatomy, dr.yang asked one of the nurses to get her something and the nurse responded "right away doctor!" and scurried away with her head down. iIreally wanted to send a tweet to Shonda Rhimes about that one lol
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    This whole discussion is pretty hypocritical, don't you think? You're upset because nurses are stereotyped and yet you throw out a very bold and similar blanket statement about physicians? I don't mean to play devil's advocate here, but I get tired when I hear nurses say things along these lines for two reasons:

    1) It's time we all stop perpetuating this ongoing battle between doctors and nurses and start to work as an interprofessional, collaborative team. You cannot be critical when comparing the role of a physician to that of a nurse because we have two different jobs that should symbiotically promote the well-being of our patients. Physicians study and train for a very long time to be able to make medical decisions about care and give medical orders. They are not there to spend copious amounts of time with patients at the bedside. Not to say they shouldn't have a good bedside manner, but if they seem "clueless", it may be because they don't have the same interactions that we do as nurses. Rather than criticizing them, try working with them. Use all of the knowledge that you have to fill in the gaps to make it the best experience possible for the patient. Are there rude, irritating and condescending doctors? Of course. Are there rude, irritating condescending nurses (PT's, RRT's, OT's, SW's for that matter)? Of course! The moment we stop stereotyping professions based on a few bad apples is the moment our patients win. Instead, lead by example! Be proud of what you do and do it well, aside from that, nothing else matters.

    2) It's television people! Stop investing your time and efforts into caring about dramas portrayed on TV. If you believe that television shows have a true effect on your nursing identity, then you are not doing a good enough job of taking pride in your work and showing others what you truly do. There is a parallel between this issue and the classic playground "Am not!", "Are too"! argument. Did this ever work? I feel that having a proactive approach to combating stereotypes is far more effective. We need to focus our efforts on showcasing the amazing things we do! Write articles! Do presentations! Bring the media to your events!
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