UK sterotypes in USA - page 2

i was watching an old episode of er which had some shots in london very typical R.P accents etc however it was how nurses were protrayed that intrested me the dress and cap. Does any nhs or private... Read More

  1. by   cariad
    p.s. i forgot to mention, that zooming down the freeway drinking starbucks and talking on the cellphone while overtaking on both sides is very stereotypical of the americans.
    [color=#a0522d]thats why there are so many car crashes where we live, and near misses.
    [color=#a0522d]the uk law about cell phone usage whilst driving should be brought over here.
  2. by   David's Harp
    Quote from ayla2004
    i was watching an old episode of er which had some shots in london very typical R.P accents etc however it was how nurses were protrayed that intrested me the dress and cap. Does any nhs or private hospital in the last ten years still use caps? and why is americans sterotypes all british as posh english.
    I move for mandatory viewing of "The Catherine Tate Show" at all U.S. institutions! Just kidding...

    My fellow citizens have some rather unreasonable stereotypes of all peoples, even of each other. Having made that rather pompous statement, I can only imagine the stereotypes I have that I haven't noticed yet (cringe!)
  3. by   madwife2002
    Where I live everybody drives down the highways on their cell phones at 90 miles an hour, reading a map, zipping in and out of lanes so I guess that is typical for my state.
  4. by   english_nurse
    Quote from cariad
    p.s. i forgot to mention, that zooming down the freeway drinking starbucks and talking on the cellphone while overtaking on both sides is very stereotypical of the americans.
    [color=#a0522d]thats why there are so many car crashes where we live, and near misses.
    [color=#a0522d]the uk law about cell phone usage whilst driving should be brought over here.
    yes, the law has been recently updated, now its 3 points on the licence along with the 60 fine, so the police are having a crackdown at the moment, rightly so.
    i have never seen a nurse in a cap or cape, and i started my nurse training 7 years ago, i imagine they were long gone before i started!
  5. by   cheshirecat
    The hospital I work in (NHS) has a private hospital attached to it. We wear tunics and trousers, they wear dresses, belts and frilly caps. I wore caps/belt when I first qualified - 1985, also had a cape with nice red lining to keep me warm in the winter.

    Much more comfortable and safe in my ill fitting tunic and trousers though.
  6. by   Ginger's Mom
    I have watched a show on BBC America, No Angels. Do the nurses get issued the same uniform like the show?
    The show also shows open wards, which for the most part have been eliminated in the US.
    Last question...... when passing medications the nurses push an open medication cart. I am assuming that this is all made up.
  7. by   ZippyGBR
    Quote from Alexk49
    I have watched a show on BBC America, No Angels. Do the nurses get issued the same uniform like the show?
    generally yes, where uniform is worn it is issued by the employer

    some is good , some is bad some is indifferent ...

    The show also shows open wards, which for the most part have been eliminated in the US.
    generally on the way out if not gone, although 4 - 6 bed bays are still quite common

    new build is often 50 % single rooms and 50 % 4 bed bays - i know our new hospital will be assuming the funding all falls into place.


    Last question...... when passing medications the nurses push an open medication cart. I am assuming that this is all made up.
    some places do still use medicine trollies - particularly assessment units where most of the drugs are given from stock rather than from patient specific packs ( if people are admitted for more than a day or two they will generally have patient specific packs sent up from pharmacy for all their meds )

    a lot of places now use individual lockups on the bedside lockers or fastened to the wall by the bed - as you have the flexibility for patients to self medicate if approrpaite or you don't give the patient the key and use your master key to get in for their drugs ...
  8. by   madwife2002
    I used to push a trolley with meds on it before I left the UK and that was only 15 months ago lol
  9. by   cariad
    no angels now being seen on bbc america was made about 5 years ago, and uniforms on there were common, the dresses that are seen have been used for about 20 years or more, but have now mostly been replaced with tops and trousers, ours were white tops and navy bottoms, and unlike the us, our employers provided them and we all wore the same.
  10. by   RGN1
    Quote from Alexk49
    I have watched a show on BBC America, No Angels. Do the nurses get issued the same uniform like the show?
    The show also shows open wards, which for the most part have been eliminated in the US.
    Last question...... when passing medications the nurses push an open medication cart. I am assuming that this is all made up.
    Oh the uniforms yes us female nurses wear them real tight & short with the zips half down, jump in the nearest linen cupboard with the first junior doc (male or female depending on our slant) to come along as often as possible & spend every moment when we're off shift either in bed or in a drunken stupor!

    On a slightly more serious note the drug trolley is the reality in many if not most NHS hospitals. One nurse does the round for the whole ward each time. We even had to wear a fluorescent tabbard with "Nurse Doing Drug Round - Do Not Disturb" printed in capital letters on the back!! Didn't match my tight uniform image at all :spin: Oh & it did a fat lot of good - no-one seemed to be able to read in that place!!

    Where I work now the drugs for each patient are locked in a wall cupboard in their own rooms (private) & the nurse caring for the patient is responsible for administering meds to his/her patients only.
  11. by   english_nurse
    Quote from madwife2002
    I used to push a trolley with meds on it before I left the UK and that was only 15 months ago lol
    I STILL PUSH ONE
  12. by   english_nurse
    Quote from RGN1
    Oh the uniforms yes us female nurses wear them real tight & short with the zips half down, jump in the nearest linen cupboard with the first junior doc (male or female depending on our slant) to come along as often as possible & spend every moment when we're off shift either in bed or in a drunken stupor!

    On a slightly more serious note the drug trolley is the reality in many if not most NHS hospitals. One nurse does the round for the whole ward each time. We even had to wear a fluorescent tabbard with "Nurse Doing Drug Round - Do Not Disturb" printed in capital letters on the back!! Didn't match my tight uniform image at all :spin: Oh & it did a fat lot of good - no-one seemed to be able to read in that place!!

    Where I work now the drugs for each patient are locked in a wall cupboard in their own rooms (private) & the nurse caring for the patient is responsible for administering meds to his/her patients only.
    only reason my zip is tight is due to too many takeaways and the druken stupor part is about 90% right (only kidding)
    as for the doctor in linen cupboard part, well no comment lol
  13. by   RGN1
    Quote from english_nurse
    only reason my zip is tight is due to too many takeaways and the druken stupor part is about 90% right (only kidding)
    as for the doctor in linen cupboard part, well no comment lol

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