Nurses urge TV dramas: Get real - Newark Star Ledger - page 5

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   RNsRWe
    Quote from 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.
    That would be Renee Zelweger, LOL....since I just saw that movie last night! I thought how funny it was that she bops into an ambulance and stuffs a chest tube into a hole in some guy's side and VOILA! he's okey dokey. I also thought how funny it was that she showed up at this modern hospital looking like a cartoon character of a nurse in costume and went for a job interview. And she didn't get it....but got placed in the PHARMACY, lol, where she STAYED WORKING! I imagine a few pharmacists and pharm techs enjoyed that part
  2. by   RNsRWe
    About the "tv as reality" thing....recently a CPR instructor told me that she had a class in which a teenager argued with her about the inappropriate shocking of a pt in asystole. Seems he didn't believe her that shocking only changed a bad rhythm, didn't create one from thin air....after all, he SAW IT DONE ON 'ER' and it WORKED! rofl....yep, he argued with that as his reasoning. Hope he didn't make it through.
  3. by   penn.nursing10
    i'm happy to say that Grey's anatomy this past week showed 2 nurses besides the red head!! Granted, they were only in about 2 scenes but if you didn't notice, there are a few other employees besides the 5 interns, 3 residents, 4 attendings, and chief in the background these days. maybe we're making a little progress!
  4. by   jenna_rn
    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
    Ok. I literally just finished a shift from HELL. It was so busy I thought there would have been a mushroom cloud over the hospital. I had a ER doc insert a foley catheter because we nurses were too busy to do it right away... I could not believe it. We all were so impressed. So, there is hope out there... and I agree no one would watch a drama about us... the most exciting part would be the ER nurses reaming out the new residents for orders like " documet all medications administered" I am sure the resident who wrote that order tonight will NEVER do it again. His face was so red.....
  5. by   lamazeteacher
    There was a series on TV called "Nurses" ages ago, but it didn't "fly". The actors portraying nurses were all in white uniforms and coifed and made up unrealistically, with almost foot long fingernails. They mostly sat at the nurses' station flirting with doctors..... The patients were mostly cranky.....
    must have been written by a nurse..... (just kidding)

    I did help with the Lamaze training of Sally Strothers when she did the labor scene in "All in The Family" (now I'm dating myself. Have any of you even heard of that great sit-com with Archie Bunker and "Meathead"?)

    She's very bright, but someone told her to do hee-haa breathing (not me). One of the writers suggested a line during a contraction, and she looked at him, outraged and said "I can't talk during a contraction!" I was so proud!

    Those writers for "ER" and "Greys Anatomy" and "House" really need a nurse consultant.
  6. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from lamazeteacher
    There was a series on TV called "Nurses" ages ago, but it didn't "fly". The actors portraying nurses were all in white uniforms and coifed and made up unrealistically, with almost foot long fingernails. They mostly sat at the nurses' station flirting with doctors..... The patients were mostly cranky.....
    must have been written by a nurse..... (just kidding)

    I did help with the Lamaze training of Sally Strothers when she did the labor scene in "All in The Family" (now I'm dating myself. Have any of you even heard of that great sit-com with Archie Bunker and "Meathead"?)

    She's very bright, but someone told her to do hee-haa breathing (not me). One of the writers suggested a line during a contraction, and she looked at him, outraged and said "I can't talk during a contraction!" I was so proud!

    Those writers for "ER" and "Greys Anatomy" and "House" really need a nurse consultant.
    I'm old enough to remember "All In The Family" and that scene.

    There ARE nurse consultants on "ER" and "Grey's Anatomy" and "House".

    Still and all . . . these are tv shows and meant for entertainment and I don't take it seriously.

    steph
  7. by   NurseguyFL
    Speaking of shows from long ago, did any of you ever see the movie Three Women in White? That was an old one from long, long, ago...before movies were even made in color! I saw it on one of those classic movie cable channels late one night last year. That was a great movie because it is a very realistic presentation of what the nursing profession was (and, in some ways, still is) like.
  8. by   nursemommy1971
    I was mad when Abby went to medical school. Nurse practitioners are so much cooler. I quit watching ER.

    Sorry to say, at our hospital while there are some terrific first year interns, none of them are saving the world. Then there is no Dr. McDreamy at my hospital either.--H
  9. by   lamazeteacher
    Quote from RNsRWe
    About the "tv as reality" thing....recently a CPR instructor told me that she had a class in which a teenager argued with her about the inappropriate shocking of a pt in asystole. Seems he didn't believe her that shocking only changed a bad rhythm, didn't create one from thin air....after all, he SAW IT DONE ON 'ER' and it WORKED! rofl....yep, he argued with that as his reasoning. Hope he didn't make it through.
    And that's why the AEDs for laypersons won't shock unless the rhythm indicates that it's appropriate. In "Grey's Anatomy" or "ER" last Thursday a doc gave the jolt while touching the patient - can't remember which program. I loved it when the other doc said, (after doc 1 was thrown across the room) "Next time you'll remember to 'clear'".

    Whoever the nurses are who consult on the programs, they should be ashamed of themselves, or it could be that "poetic license" took over and their suggestions went by the wayside. I can't tell you how many times I've been misquoted by reporters, on purpose (to get their point across)! :trout:
  10. by   zsuzan
    Nursing, via the media and therefore public awareness is in trouble. People truly have little understanding of what nurses do and the knowledge we must have to practice. TV, the movies etc. do not make it any easier. We are in a nursing shortage and the media is doing nothing to help the situation.
    I was on an airplane once and had an educated couple say to me in surprise, "You have to go to school? You don't just learn on the job?" I was and still am in shock over their lack of awareness. Has anyone else had a similar experience?
  11. by   Tiwi
    Quote from zsuzan
    I was on an airplane once and had an educated couple say to me in surprise, "You have to go to school? You don't just learn on the job?" I was and still am in shock over their lack of awareness. Has anyone else had a similar experience?
    OMG, you're kidding! Obviously not! We do need to get out there and educate the public...
  12. by   RN BSN 2009
    Quote from zsuzan
    Nursing, via the media and therefore public awareness is in trouble. People truly have little understanding of what nurses do and the knowledge we must have to practice. TV, the movies etc. do not make it any easier. We are in a nursing shortage and the media is doing nothing to help the situation.
    I was on an airplane once and had an educated couple say to me in surprise, "You have to go to school? You don't just learn on the job?" I was and still am in shock over their lack of awareness. Has anyone else had a similar experience?
    yes its true the general public isnt aware of what nurses "do":angel2:
  13. by   UM Review RN
    Just read an article in Good Housekeeping that was very informative regarding women's heart health. In one story, the husband had to do CPR on his wife and was credited for saving her life.

    Thing is, he'd never taken a CPR course. He saw it done on TV.

    Proof enough to me that TV's messages are powerful.

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