is fiction and all of us on this board know that what happens in Greg House's world is not real. But the vast majority of people who watch shows like this, Grey's Anatomy
have no idea that this isn't the way the real world works. They're oblivious to the nuances of medicine and nursing, the extreme unlikeliness that a hospital actually runs without nurses, that many doctors wouldn't have a hot clue how to run an IV med, that there isn't a chance in this world that they'd be providing personal care (or even cleaning up their own
messes!), that nurses are in fact the ones handling the paddles while the doctor stands at the foot of the bed "running the code", providing the emotional support to patient and family and keeping all things on track. They don't know that in real life they'd be very fortunate to see a doctor for five minutes twice a day while in hospital. What they see on TV becomes reality to them and the images of nurse-as-physician's-handmaiden, nurse-as-sex-object, nurse-as-invisible are perpetuated. The impact on young people's career choices is obvious when one looks at the shortage of nurses today. If this was your only exposure to nursing, would you want to be one?
The Center for Nursing Advocacy is campaigning to have nursing more accurately portrayed in the media. They have a number of letter-writing campaigns on the go all the time. If you feel strongly that there's a problem with how nursing is viewed by the world, maybe you could help! They've been successful in having the Skechers print ads, the Pennzoil print ads, the Physician's Formual print ads, the Herbal Essence TV spots and the TAG Body Spray TV spots pulled. They also got Dr. Phil to apologize for his show on "cute nurses out to seduce and marry doctors because that's their ticket out of having to work as a nurse". TV drama is always on the hot seat. I've written a number of letters in response to issues just such as we're discussing; there's a certain satisfaction in speaking one's mind.