Nurses urge TV dramas: Get real - Newark Star Ledger - page 4

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   SitcomNurse
    [QUOTE=Suesquatch;2015118]The worst for that is House, but I'm still hopelessly addicted.[/QUOT
    Oh, House House House!!!! I love that Dramedy!!! I would love to have a doc like House in my facility. Fixin everything in a hour, makin the world a better place, so morally upstanding, as long as youre not questioning his ethics..... ahhh...
    Even if we couldnt save everyone, at least we would know deifinitvely why they died!!!

    Ah, House. Yep.. Thats my man alright.

    umpiron: :blushkiss :caduceus: :heartbeat
  2. by   DutchgirlRN
    I love the episodes where the pt goes AMA and the doctor goes to their home, in the slum somewhere, to try to get them to come back to the hospital. Yeah, that would happen!

    I truely know it's fantasy when I see the nurses sitting down having lunch and together at that! I suppose the doc's are covering the pt's?

    It's scary that the general public would buy into this utter nonsense. :stone
  3. by   canoehead
    The hospital dramas are real life, just like Desperate Housewives is real suburbia. Total fantasy.

    I actually think that useing nurses as main characters would be a little more intriguing for a layman audience. It might seem more relevant to their lives. Plus what a great tool to recruit nurses, if they were shown as they are, and students would get a taste of the profession while being entertained.
  4. by   nurseangel47
    I believe that the general public already has bought into such nonsense as these tv shows portray. Most folks have no clue what we nurses have to persevere through to make it out the end of another difficult shift. Oh, if only the docs in real life WERE as helpful as the docs on these shows! We might actually be able to complete an entire shift worth of documenting before the next shift arrives! LOL! My fav scenario is when the docs park their behinds at the bedside of an impossible to diagnose pt., spend the night with them to be sure no new symptoms appear, then continue working the next morning into the think tank of mystery symptoms and what do we do next? LOL! Read, HOUSE, here. I, too, am hopelessly addicted to that particular medical drama. I think it's the lead character's wry humor and lack of personable characteristics that make me attracted. He is so in need of a love affair it ain't funny! LOL! Seriously, he seems helplessly beyond any psych doc's shrink-ability!
  5. by   Rabid Badger
    Quote from nurseangel47
    I believe that the general public already has bought into such nonsense as these tv shows portray. Most folks have no clue what we nurses have to persevere through to make it out the end of another difficult shift. Oh, if only the docs in real life WERE as helpful as the docs on these shows! We might actually be able to complete an entire shift worth of documenting before the next shift arrives! LOL! My fav scenario is when the docs park their behinds at the bedside of an impossible to diagnose pt., spend the night with them to be sure no new symptoms appear, then continue working the next morning into the think tank of mystery symptoms and what do we do next? LOL! Read, HOUSE, here. I, too, am hopelessly addicted to that particular medical drama. I think it's the lead character's wry humor and lack of personable characteristics that make me attracted. He is so in need of a love affair it ain't funny! LOL! Seriously, he seems helplessly beyond any psych doc's shrink-ability!
    OK I'm a little late on the scene here, but I have to disagree with some of this sentiment. Let me explain.

    I agree that tv dramas are hopelessly out of touch with the reality of health care roles and grossly underestimate the role of nurses. It's irritating.

    However, I do NOT want my medical service to be helping with bedpans and making beds. Med service is an equal partner in our team, much as PT/OT/nursing/home care/aides. They have a specific role, and if they took time out of their responsibilities to do bowel care, someone is going to tank. I don't want to find my doc wiping my one patient's butt while I have another in respiratory distress and I need an ICU consult.

    They have a job to do, and it does not include bedpans and bedmaking. Frankly, I, as a nurse, rarely bedpan/commode my patients, nor do I empty foleys, answer call bells, make beds or wash patients. That is the job of my health care aides. If I were responsible for carrying out these tasks in addition to managing the care of my 5-6 multisystem seriously ill patients, nothing would get done and someone would code. I am extremely thankful for my aides and my docs, but I would never expect them to start doing my job or doing each other's job. It minimizes the efficiency of our team.

    And for the people who express frustration with patients who tell them that "thats the doctor's job": when I encounter this sentiment I simply say "You are going to see the doctor once a day for exactly five minutes. Its actually the nurses who will be managing all of your care, and that's how it is done in the real world. Now here is what I am going ot do"

    Done and done. No problems. Pts really respect our nursing team and are in awe of our capabilities :P
  6. by   lamazeteacher
    Last night's House did him in, for me! That was 2-13-07. An illness so rare it's doubtful anyone will see a reference to it again in their lifetime, and an adolescent who flings herself off the balcony of a lobby that looks more like a ritzy hotel. Then she gets up painlessly (if a little tired from the impact). I wish they'd explored the genetic reference to her mother having the disease, too....... And now romance is blooming, as shots were launched at computer dating, and I'm sure they'll have the chief of staff and House involved again. The scenes showing neurosurgery performed by House, drilling into the girl's skull without anaesthesia, to find something that hurts her, to biopsy for his goal of personal pain relief makes this more Sci-Fi than medical drama. Bring on the robots! Or at least the JCHOA (or whatever those initials are of the certification folks who have us quaking half the time). Now there's a subject for House's derision!
  7. by   NurseguyFL
    I can't stand to watch any of these medical shows anymore because they are all too far removed from reality. Every real nurse (and every real doctor) knows that hospital routines are nothing like these shows. I can't even begin to imagine that a typical day in ANY hospital would be like any of the episodes on these shows. They could make the episodes a bit more realistic.

    ER was probably the best one. House, Grey's Anatomy, etc. are just downright silly. I agree with lamazeteacher's comment. The things that contributes the most to the success of these shows are the sex acts and the attractive people who play the lead roles in them.
  8. by   Myxel67
    I actually enjoy most of these programs. I certainly wouldn't want to watch anything remotely like the normal daily goings-on in the hospital where I work. For that I'd just go to work!

  9. by   steelcityrn
    These hospital drama's are not only unrealistic, but to me they are boring. Im just glad educational programs like nova are still being made.
  10. by   NurseguyFL
    I know what you mean, SteelcityRN. Channels like Discovery Health and Nova are where you get to see the real workings of an ER or an OR, or an ICU. Some of the TV series over-glamorize the medical profession to the point where it just seems ridiculous. Physicians and nurses are not all young, pretty people who 'hook-up' with each other all the time to have fun and romance; physicians don't hang around any one patient most of their day; and nurses aren't as absent from the process as these shows would have viewers believe...

    But I guess they need to have the romantic and overdramatic storylines to make it all more interesting to the average viewer.
  11. by   dream'n
    Most TV shows are not based on reality. The suburbs aren't like Deperate Housewives, CSI doesn't accurately portray the job of a CSI, Shark isn't accurate regarding the practice of law, ..... I think the problem is that we live the reality of medicine and find the inaccuracies annoying, while the housewives, CSIs, and lawyers feel the same regarding the shows about them. Give the programs a break, they aren't singling medicine out.
  12. by   Chaya
    Quote from canoehead
    The hospital dramas are real life, just like Desperate Housewives is real suburbia. Total fantasy.

    I actually think that useing nurses as main characters would be a little more intriguing for a layman audience. It might seem more relevant to their lives. Plus what a great tool to recruit nurses, if they were shown as they are, and students would get a taste of the profession while being entertained.

    :yeahthat:

    And I might add that the SINGLE most destructive fallacy these shows perpetuate is that a typical hospital unit functions just fine with maybe two nurses, who only breeze thru twice an hour or so. (TPTB at many facilities I could name seem to buy into that one 100%!)
  13. by   lamazeteacher
    When I couldn't sleep last night, the only thing remotely interesting on TV was generations old "Chicago Hope". Interspersed with Mandy Patinkin singing "The Emperor's New Clothes", like Danny Kaye, to the children's unit, were realistic O.R. scenes with many nurses doing what nurses do, there.

    I enjoyed the movie "Nurse Betty" from a decade or so ago. A psychotic Betty goes into a hospital in uniform, thinking she's entered a TV drama, and gets involved in operations, etc., until the staff finally reaslize, when she keeps referring to people using the names of the characters in the TV drama, that she's got a problem.... I'm having a "senior" hour trying to remember the name of the actress who played Betty, so well. It's amazing how lay people catch on to our lingo, style, etc. and have little repugnance for gore, since they've become conditioned to seeing it on their TVs at home.

    That also helps when I have to train family members to care for wounds, etc. doing Home Health Nursing.

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