I hear what those of your are saying, that the Scrubs
episode wasn't that big of a deal. I grant you the validity of your argument.
However, the ANA has written a formal protest about the episode. So some ARE taking it seriously. Maybe they do slam everyone. But that doesn't mean we have to take it when they slam us.
Media, and words, and images, and etc are powerful. Especially so in our American culture. I did not see the episode. Actually, I don't even watch the show, so I guess I don't really know. And the comparison to All in the Family does ring true to me.
But on the other hand, we are in a battle for our lives- nurse anesthesia and nursing in general. If we are going to continue to exist, and thrive, we really need to change the perception that the common man has of nursing.
I have mixed feeling about all this. But I think I would feel worse if our association did NOT make a big deal out of this, than I would about them possibly making a bigger deal out of this than what it warrants.