Tell me that I'm not the only one...

  1. posted this issue on the main board and have gotten poor support. It is quite frustrating. Give me your honest oppinions please...am I stupid?

    I read a thread about a letter writing campaign to "House" about its poor portrayal of nurses.

    I totally see that House, Grey's anatomy, Strong Medicine, ER, etc. are really either gear towards docs or soap opera type dramas that do not accurately portray the true art and science of nursing

    Please tell me WHY we are not trying a lot harder to get a tv show on the main networks (FOX, NBC, ABC, AND CBS) that creates a marketable, responsible drama about life as a nurse...staffing issues, patient issues, co-worker issues, end of life care, advanced directives, euthanasia, drug addicted nurses, romance between coworkers, difference in roles (LPN, RN, CNA), etc.etc. etc.

    I think it is a great thing to push for. A great way to educate the public. Plenty of juicy/controversial topics that could be derived to make it marketable to the "lay" person.

    But my other thread seems to be drawing no support. I don't get it. If I had started a thread bashing House or Grey's anatomy there would be TONS of responses. Am I stupid? Is this a silly idea?
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  3. by   Fonenurse
    I don't think it's a bad idea - just will take a lot to achieve - being a doctor is glamourous, plenty of money and kudos - being a nurse - enemas, excreta and being broke is not... here in the UK we have the Royal College of Nursing that aims to promote nursing, do you have a similar body in the states that run the campaign for you? Having a sympathetic writer on your side would be a good idea too...
  4. by   bethin
    I don't think it's silly at all. In fact, last week I was wondering why there wasn't a show that was about nurses and not doctors. I love Grey's Anatomy, but come on, a nurse who has sex with a doctor while on shift? No self respecting nurse would do such a thing. I realize that it's not reality but it seems alot of medical shows now have non-speaking nurse parts. Nurse walks in on pt. and dr. talking, nurse quietly pushes drug through IV and then leaves the room, all while in white uniform, complete with skirt.

    I don't know which show it was on, but one of the dr's or med students ate off a comatose pt. tray. I thought that there was no way that would happen in real life. Last weekend at work I was feeding a pt. and the dr. walked in and made a comment, saying the food looked good. Then she admitted that she ate off a comatose pt's tray when she was an intern. Guess some of that stuff is true.

    I would definitely like to see a letter writing campaign to the major networks. Let's start!
  5. by   bethin
    Quote from Fonenurse
    I don't think it's a bad idea - just will take a lot to achieve - being a doctor is glamourous, plenty of money and kudos - being a nurse - enemas, excreta and being broke is not... here in the UK we have the Royal College of Nursing that aims to promote nursing, do you have a similar body in the states that run the campaign for you? Having a sympathetic writer on your side would be a good idea too...
    We've got Johnson and Johnson that runs alot of commercials aimed at recruiting and promoting nurses. We could start there.
  6. by   Jessy_RN
    Quote from bethin
    We've got Johnson and Johnson that runs alot of commercials aimed at recruiting and promoting nurses. We could start there.
    Great idea.
  7. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from asoldierswife05
    posted this issue on the main board and have gotten poor support. It is quite frustrating. Give me your honest oppinions please...am I stupid?

    I read a thread about a letter writing campaign to "House" about its poor portrayal of nurses.

    I totally see that House, Grey's anatomy, Strong Medicine, ER, etc. are really either gear towards docs or soap opera type dramas that do not accurately portray the true art and science of nursing

    Please tell me WHY we are not trying a lot harder to get a tv show on the main networks (FOX, NBC, ABC, AND CBS) that creates a marketable, responsible drama about life as a nurse...staffing issues, patient issues, co-worker issues, end of life care, advanced directives, euthanasia, drug addicted nurses, romance between coworkers, difference in roles (LPN, RN, CNA), etc.etc. etc.

    I think it is a great thing to push for. A great way to educate the public. Plenty of juicy/controversial topics that could be derived to make it marketable to the "lay" person.

    But my other thread seems to be drawing no support. I don't get it. If I had started a thread bashing House or Grey's anatomy there would be TONS of responses. Am I stupid? Is this a silly idea?
    Part of my reason is i write enough on my own about things that i have an issue with. I do quite a bit, but i also don't discuss what in particular here, since my real name is attached to those letters.

    I do this alone, though.
  8. by   NRSKarenRN
    ah, but there is unity in numbers!!!

    see center for nursing advocacy section on create and support nurse-friendly media and art

    read the pilot of a proposed nurse-friendly dramatic television series recently commissioned by the center and help us get it produced
  9. by   Grace Oz
    Here in Australia we have a show called; "NURSE TV". It's filmed by nurses, of nurses, in real settings, covering real situations. It's excellent! It's educational, informative, interesting, and... REAL!
  10. by   Grace Oz
    Quote from bethin
    I don't think it's silly at all. In fact, last week I was wondering why there wasn't a show that was about nurses and not doctors. I love Grey's Anatomy, but come on, a nurse who has sex with a doctor while on shift? No self respecting nurse would do such a thing. I realize that it's not reality but it seems alot of medical shows now have non-speaking nurse parts. Nurse walks in on pt. and dr. talking, nurse quietly pushes drug through IV and then leaves the room, all while in white uniform, complete with skirt.

    I don't know which show it was on, but one of the dr's or med students ate off a comatose pt. tray. I thought that there was no way that would happen in real life. Last weekend at work I was feeding a pt. and the dr. walked in and made a comment, saying the food looked good. Then she admitted that she ate off a comatose pt's tray when she was an intern. Guess some of that stuff is true.

    I would definitely like to see a letter writing campaign to the major networks. Let's start!
    Bethin, I'll stand corrected if I've got the wrong person, but ...... wasn't it YOU who posted in another thread that you left an intercom on in the OT and it recorded a Doc and nurse having sex???!!!! If it wasn't you who wrote that story, someone else did, so it obviously does go on!
    As I said, I'll stand corrected if I've got you mixed up with someone else, and humbly apologise if I'm mistaken in identity.
  11. by   Katnip
    I posted on your other thread.

    The reason you don't see nurse tv is that people don't want it. Even when they portray doctors doing nurse work, it's much more glamorous to the public eye than if a nurse did it. After all, "doctors went to school all those years and make the big bucks." That's public perception and networks are going to produce what sells.

    I agree there's strength in numbers. A thousand letters or signatures coming in during a short period is going to get a lot more attention than one random one.

    ~Kat
  12. by   Shannon RN 2be
    I totally agree, I would love to see a show about nurses. I think that they could really develop a lot of different story lines of what a nurse faces daily. I am tired of all the doctor movies that show the doctor always at the bedside, when it is usually the nurses taking care of the patient. I think letter writing is a good idea, I will write a letter.
    Hugs :icon_hug:
    Shannon
  13. by   rn in 3 years
    I have always thought ER did a pretty good job of portraying nurses. First Carol, then Abbey (but now she's a Doc) and Samantha, although Samantha is really getting on my nerves. I think they need to introduce more nusring characters (and not like Eve, she was a you-know-what). All the other shows do a poor job in that area.
  14. by   nurse4theplanet
    Quote from Grace Oz
    Bethin, I'll stand corrected if I've got the wrong person, but ...... wasn't it YOU who posted in another thread that you left an intercom on in the OT and it recorded a Doc and nurse having sex???!!!! If it wasn't you who wrote that story, someone else did, so it obviously does go on!
    As I said, I'll stand corrected if I've got you mixed up with someone else, and humbly apologise if I'm mistaken in identity.
    that was good ol' Bipley that posted that if i remember right...not bethin

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