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It's fiction people. Not supposed to be good or bad for anyone. The majority of the people watching understand that it is a soap opera set in a hosptial. Look at the TV shows that are out there. They smeg everyone. To some extent though, just from what I"ve seen on the trailors, well, I"ve caught DR's and Nurses doing the nasty in break room,while they are on duty, I've had to fire nuses for prescription drug problems. I"m going to watch it for entertaiment value, and ifs fun to watch, then I'll watch it. If not, I don't care how positive the show portaits nurses.

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Don't have Showtime...but have seen ads for a new TNT show called "HAWTHORNE" starring Jada Pinkett Smith. Not sure when it starts, but hopefully it will have a positive spin.

I've seen the ads for that when I watch "Saving Grace", which is about a cop who is not exactly a good role model for cops. But I still like the show.

The ads for HAWTHORNE look good.

HAWTHORNE takes place at Richmond Trinity Hospital in Richmond, Va., where the strong-but-caring director of nursing, Christina Hawthorne (Pinkett Smith), continuously fights battles she often knows she won't win. Whether treating the homeless woman in front of the hospital like a human being or trying to talk a suicidal cancer patient off the ledge, Christina must challenge hospital administrators, heartless doctors, apathetic colleagues and a system that sometimes forgets it's there to serve the sick.

Recently widowed and the mother of a smart, willful teenager, Christina juggles her career with her equally important role as a single parent. Between the two, she barely has time for herself and has difficulty keeping things together. But she knows she has to and can't give up on anyone. That's what her passion requires; it's what it takes to be a hero.

http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news.aspx?id=20090312tnt01

steph

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Thanks for the info about the new show Hawthorne. I did some fishing around on it and I read the synopsis of the story and character. Sounds like it's going to be a really decent smart drama. Then I was able to listen to a radio interview with Jada Pinket Smith. She is the executive producer of the new TNT show and was able to write for some of her charge nurse character. Also found out that her mother was an RN and she wanted to see a show produced that portrayed people doing extraodinary things for other people, and that nursing was more than healing a medical problem but also helping to heal the soul. This sounds to me like a decent smart drama worth watching. It will be airing sometime after june this year.

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IMHO: This is not going to be a positive thing for nurses. To use the character of a nurse represented in a pay per view channel to entertain the public with their predicitable so called edgy storylines that all render down to two things: forbidden sorid sex scenes and illegal drug use. Great way to embrace the public's trust in nurses eh? That is basically the premise behind all those pay channels. Polygamy, New Jersey mob families, vampire love, on and on. I told someone to watch for the next big shocker. They will try to fashion some storyline theme involving incest. That's my prediction. It's all junk TV to me. Few see it as I do, and that's what keeps those channels rolling in dough.

Heh...

Well in my nine years of nursing I have seen a) a lot of illicit drug use and b) a lot of sex in med rooms.

It is kind of reality! :D

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I LOVE Dexter on Showtime. I will have to watch out for this show!. Double bonus they named a show after me!!

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Heh...

Well in my nine years of nursing I have seen a) a lot of illicit drug use and b) a lot of sex in med rooms.

It is kind of reality! :D

Ok, well I know of nurses and medical professionals who are into drugs (including one doctor who grows pot in his basement... heh)... but I haven't seen a lot of sex in the hospital (unless you include patients who have tried to get it on in various fashions in the ER). However, I have heard and know of a few promiscuous nurses, and I have no doubt that some of them have gotten it on occasionally while they were at the hospital.

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Can you imagine this...HawthoRNe Meets House...lol!!

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So i just saw a commercial on TNT for their new medical drama..... its about a nursing director .... i wonder how realistic is it going to be in portraying the nurses we all know and their jobs...

I'm definitely interested in seeing if someone finally will portray nurses realistically, especially all the hard work that nurses do...and that RNs don't just say "yes, doctor" all day.

Premieres June 16 at 9/8c.

http://www.tnt.tv/series/hawthorne/display/?contentId=47231

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I am keeping an eye on this one as well.

Tait

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Yes, I'll be watching for that show too. I didn't believe my husband at first when he said that it was about nurses because she is wearing a white "doctor looking" coat in the commercial but then he pointed out the capitalized RN in her name.. and I was like, oooohhhhh, ok, I believe you.

BTW, just curious, how many of you guys wear white coats to work in the hospital? I sure don't!

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