Nurses urge TV dramas: Get real - Newark Star Ledger - page 2

nurses urge tv dramas: get real newark star ledger, nj - 23 minutes ago "when's the last time you saw a real physician do that," said summers, director of the center for nursing advocacy, a... Read More

  1. by   UM Review RN
    One of the reasons I thought my surgeon was so terrific was that when I saw him at the office, he made copies of all my paperwork. The office staff joked with him as if he did that sort of thing every day.

    I had a friend who was also a nursing student visiting when he decided to pull my chest tubes, and he was thoughtful enough to premedicate me himself and explain the procedure step by step to my fascinated buddy.
  2. by   SaraO'Hara
    Quote from nan1996
    In all my 20 or so years in nursing I have never seen a doctor do any thing other than procedures they do or listen to a patient's chest. Unbelievable. I would love a drama about us, but I wonder if the real world would believe it.

    Nan
    There was, in the late 70s / early 80s, a British show called Angels. It actually centered on the nurses
  3. by   Roy Fokker
    Quote from maryloufu
    Whoa! A surgeon helped me make a bed!
    Kinda blows the mind, don't it? :chuckle
  4. by   SmileyCNAII
    I work in the ER and I actually witnessed a doctor answering the unit telephone!!!
  5. by   AliRae
    Quote from CNANancy2006
    I work in the ER and I actually witnessed a doctor answering the unit telephone!!!
    One of our attendings will sit at the desk to chart when hes on overnight. (I think he just gets lonely in his office and wants the company!) I was working the other night, and watched him answer the phone every time it rang for about an hour. Yay for him!
  6. by   RNsRWe
    And all these tv shows just make it harder for the patient to accept what we DO do as nurses...after all, on tv, it's the DOCTORS who do all this stuff!:uhoh21:

    How about the other day when I told a patient I was going to d/c his foley, and he asked why the doctor wasn't going to do it. Told him the doctors never do it, it's within a nurse's practice, and I did it all the time, no problem. He was still skeptical, after all, he was sure a doctor had put it IN for him. Ummm....that was another RN, who happened to be wearing a white lab jacket at the time (I remember it). I told him this, but he was still skeptical. So I told him I could go put on MY white lab coat, if it made him more comfortable, but I was just as good without it. He was insistent that I needed a "special tool" that the doctor had, so I presented him with the 20cc syringe...ROFL...."YES, that's the one he ("HE"??) used!!".

    I took it out, life went on as before. I wonder if his doctor will be drawing his labs later
  7. by   JohnBearPA
    Quote from SaraO'Hara
    There was, in the late 70s / early 80s, a British show called Angels. It actually centered on the nurses
    There's a show on BBCA called "No Angels". Not sure how widely BBCA is available, but i got it in both PA and now in FL on DirecTV.

    The show is about three nurses, and the british equivalent of a CNA. Kinda' centers on their sexual escapades, but accurately protrays most Docs as arrogant, self-centered creatures that some of them are in real life. LOL Also accurately portrays how these self-centered docs treat the nursing staff. It's on Thursday nights at 9 or 10, I believe.
  8. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    get real? On TV? Yea sure.
    It is tv afterall . . . .

    Interns actually do have to do alot of stuff docs don't . . . start IV's, draw labs, all kinds of procedures that nurses usually do . . .

    One of our docs routinely cleans up the room after a delivery and takes the placenta out of the room . . . .

    steph
  9. by   RNsRWe
    Quote from maryloufu
    One of my patients was a doctor's wife. When she was in the shower he helped me make her bed. Whoa! A surgeon helped me make a bed! He also ate a hospital tray for lunch so he would have time to eat with her. I have heard he is a good doctor and now I am convinced.
    Hmmm....I wonder if the same treatment would have occured if she'd been a welfare mom of six? /Sarcasm
  10. by   Logos
    Hmmm.....I wonder why the heck you would have six kids if you can't afford them? I love kids- but I can only afford three so I stopped having them./Sarcasm
  11. by   RNsRWe
    Quote from maryloufu
    One of my patients was a doctor's wife. When she was in the shower he helped me make her bed. Whoa! A surgeon helped me make a bed! He also ate a hospital tray for lunch so he would have time to eat with her. I have heard he is a good doctor and now I am convinced.
    Hey, I just re-read this....do you mean the patient's HUSBAND was the one who helped you with the bed and ate with her? If so, how on earth does this make him a good doctor, or have anything to do with how doctors help their patients in the realm of nursing care? If the doctor you're referring to is her husband, well, he darned well SHOULD have been there, wouldn't convince me of his medical skills in the least.

    We recently had a doctor's mother as a patient. You should have SEEN the staff (and plenty of doctors) practically tripping over each other to get her this and that and check on her condition. Sure wasn't because she was just an average patient. :uhoh21:
  12. by   UM Review RN
    Quote from Logos
    Hmmm.....I wonder why the heck you would have six kids if you can't afford them? I love kids- but I can only afford three so I stopped having them./Sarcasm

    Maybe because the couple had an excellent income till a devastating illness, tragedy, or catastophe took it away?

    Or maybe because she married a "comfortably" well-off guy who abused her to the point that Welfare became a viable choice?

    Maybe she had a great job and could afford the children on her own salary, until the dot.com crash.

    Please don't paint all Welfare moms of large families with the same brush; there but for the grace of God....


    Sorry, OP, I know it's off-topic, but that kind of sarcasm against people who are essentially helpless really gripes me. It's like kicking a cripple.
  13. by   RNsRWe
    Quote from Angie O'Plasty, RN
    Maybe because the couple had an excellent income till a devastating illness, tragedy, or catastophe took it away?

    Or maybe because she married a "comfortably" well-off guy who abused her to the point that Welfare became a viable choice?

    Maybe she had a great job and could afford the children on her own salary, until the dot.com crash.

    Please don't paint all Welfare moms of large families with the same brush; there but for the grace of God....


    Sorry, OP, I know it's off-topic, but that kind of sarcasm against people who are essentially helpless really gripes me. It's like kicking a cripple.

    You know, I was trying to decide whether to keep sitting on my hands or type my reaction to Logo's post, since it took what I said and twisted it 180 degrees, completely and totally missing the point entirely.

    Thanks for coming back with what I probably should have.

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