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yesterday morning when i got home from work, i watched the first 3 episodes. i have showtime, so i watched it on-demand, and watching it on-demand we always get the next weeks episode a week early.

ok i have been an rn for 2 years, interventional cardiology critical care, working in an innercity hosp. in my 2 short years as an rn i have seen and exp. things that i even have a hard time believing. i tell my friends back home, the ones i graduated nursing school with that are rn's, about the nightly circus act i call work and they can't believe what goes on at my hosp.

there is only one person who i can tell the most ourageous story to, and it dosen't phase them, may make make her laugh, and that's my aunt. she's actually my mentor. thank god for her. she's my 2nd mom. but she's been a nurse for about 30+ years. she's an er nurse, but has worked all over, ortho, med surg, neuro, icu/ccu/sicu/micu, neuro rehab, nursing homes, travel, agency, homecare, you name it she's done it. but her home is the er.

she would tell me stories and situations to help me and prepare me for the world of nursing, and incorporate them into when she would help me study as a way to remember things, and i swear if it wasn't for her, i wouldn't be the rn i am today. let me tell you, she is a wealth of knowledge.

we have the same exact personality. i mean we care too much about people in general (hence the reason we are nurses), and people take advantage of that, but we also have that severe scarcasm and strong personality you need to make sure people don't take advantage. we don't back down to md's, we speak our mind even if it's inappropriate at times, which happens more times then one may think (the ohhhh, did i say that out loud...hehehe..), we push for things to be done, we advocate like cazy for pt's when md's are on a power tripp, we make sure someone listens when there is a problem, and we listen to the pt., and the funny thing is, that when we are at work (she works in pa in a level one trauma er and i work in nj on an interventional cardiology/ccu/cticu stepdown unit) we will some times call eachother to unload. i work nights 7p-7:30a she works 11a-11p. but she will call me at 1am when she gets home just to let it out. and i will call her at 3am if i am having a crap night and i know she's usualy still awake.

when i was watching nurse jackie, i totally laughed and thought of all the stories that my aunt, and her friends have tols me over the years, and my own personal experiences.

i mean the student nurse thing was grrreat! hahaha...

some of the remarkes she makes are soo great.

it's dark nursing humor, and to be honest it made me laugh pretty hard at times. yea it's not pc, but when i think about all the stories i have heard since i was about 10 years old, i am 28 now., it just made me think of all the ridiclousness that can happen at work. it takes every wrong, ridiclous, and yet sometimes true and ridiclous situations, and just scrambles them into one...

i can say that yesterday morning i needed a goo laugh after working 2 awful nights in a row (wit one more to go ). this def. made me laugh, and was just pure entertainment to watch. and i can honestly say that after i watched the show that i slept before my 3rd night in a row. i never sleep when i work 3 13-14 hour shifts in a row. imay get about 3 hours of sleep, if that, mostly b/c i do an hour commute to work and and hour commute home. and i work nights. but after 2 years i am used to it.

some may hate the show, some may love it. i just watched it and my mind went numb and i didn't think about all the chaos that went on during my nights at work, and i was able to wind down and laugh.

so i give it a thumbs up. makes me laugh, and hey laughter is the best medicine!

:up:morietta, i just did a basic hd upgrade, and it brings in tnt so i'll be able to at least watch nurse jackie!!!!:yeah:hooah!!! and i'm 66, but i'm definitely not elderly minded.:d heh, must be my second childhood. whatever it is, i love that show.

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i posted waaay back that i-heart-njackie practically 'at hello'.

somehow it didn't occur that it was probably just plain 'ole er kinship-lovin' that for me began an inmmediate and familiar attraction.

totally makes sense though.....

interesting

loved the post morettia!

too funny

too true.

anyhow, just saw episode 4 through sho ondemand tonight ( >week before?) and wanted to say that those unimpressed or infuriated thus far may not want to give up on nj quite yet.

may

not

no big spoilers or life-changers or anything but certainly a perceptable shift in tone/feeling. maybe a deeper exploration of character/setting/meaning at play?

regardless, still funny as hell!!!

check it out...

or

not

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Well, I saw episode 2 last night and my husband and I were rolling. I hated when she threw Zoe under the bus, but guess what? That's what would have happened.

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Just saw Episode 4 online and thought it was very good. I'm glad I gave NJ a second chance---and listened to other posters who enjoyed the show---because I think now I'm hooked.

The characters are likable despite---or maybe because of---their flaws. The situations are credible. I hope the series will be released on DVD because it's a keeper.

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To all the AN posters who have enjoyed NJ so far, THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!! I thought it was just me. I am definetly addicted, I have to be in the hospital next Monday and Tuesday, and you can believe I will be taking my laptop with me so I can stay on track. I guess that's pretty sick, but I admit it!!!

Anne, RNC

It's like some of the things you as an ER nurse REALLY REALLY want to say to patients or families but you know you can't.

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p.s. I'm Australian - we love inappropriate humour down here!

I'm English and we're the same way. Sometimes I feel I have to apologize for it, but that's just the way we are...

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I'm English and we're the same way. Sometimes I feel I have to apologize for it, but that's just the way we are...

I''m American and I'm right with youse!

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I'm English and we're the same way. Sometimes I feel I have to apologize for it, but that's just the way we are...

Slight subject drift...Mollie Sudgen, who played the marvelous Mrs. Slocombe in "Are You Being Served?" passed away July 1. I crack up every time I watch the show and she mentions her, um, cat. animal-smiley-025.gif

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Slight subject drift...Mollie Sudgen, who played the marvelous Mrs. Slocombe in "Are You Being Served?" passed away July 1. I crack up every time I watch the show and she mentions her, um, cat. animal-smiley-025.gif

I didn't know she died! I've been in the US for 16 years and sometimes miss the news. I liked Mr Lucas too. "I'm free". I have to say the Brits :lol2:are the masters of the double entendre, the nudge nudge wink wink!

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I still watch that show, and my favorite character is Mrs Slocombe too, and I'm an American. I didn't know she died either.

Do any of you remember Benny Hill? I used to watch his show also. Funny guy. His favorite quote was, "Stick your finger in your ear and go tinga linga loo."

That is my favorite kind of humor, and the one who comes close to it here in the states in Ellen.:D

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hello georgia nurses,

myself and two classmates are working on a "image of nursing" project. we are working together on trying to improve the publics' image of nursing. for our project we have decided to organize a campaign to show our displeasure with the show nurse jackie. during our research we have discovered that the nysna (new york state nurses association) is working to have a disclaimer added at the beginning of nurse jackie. we are going to join their fight and are asking that you assist us. below is a sample letter that we have sent. our ultimate goal of course would be to have a disclaimer placed on nurse jackie or even better yet have someone work on developing a show that actually depicted the true exciting work that we do as nurses. we are asking for others to also write showtime and to share with us any response you may get.

thank you for your assistance,

3 rn-bsn students from university of west georgia.

sample letter:

stuart zakim

vice president, corporate public relations

showtime networks, inc.

1633 broadway

new york, ny10019

to whom it may concern:

we have watched several episodes of "nurse jackie" and find that her character is not only intriguing to the viewers but horrifying to the nursing profession. her actions make the viewers feel sympathetic, especially when she is defiant in her ethical decisions. her drug addiction and adulteress behavior may have viewers relating to her on a personal level due to the viewers own personal experiences. however, "nurse jackie" does not depict a true representation of the nursing profession. in fact, very few nurses act this way in real life.

as a nurse graduates from an accredited nursing school, he/she is required to recite the nurses creed as part of the graduating ceremony. the last line states "oh lord, let your healing light shine through my hands." there was no healing light that came through nurse jackie's hands as she threw away the ear of a patient or stole money. as amusing as it was to watch, we could only think about how patients were going to view nurses today.

the media has claimed that people are more informed than ever before due to the internet and the television. society counts on the television and media to be correct and deliver information as factual as possible. however, "nurse jackie" is neither factual or honoring towards nurses. again, the nursing profession finds it's self being humiliated and undervalued due to "nurse jackie" and hawthorne. nurses are the hidden hero's in the medical profession. we are the true promoters of wellness and healing in our communities and deserve a true representation of our profession.

we are supporting the nysna organization in requesting that a disclaimer be added to the beginning of every episode of "nurse jackie" stating that the show does not depict the true profession of nursing. we employ you to reconsider your decision and help project a positive image of nursing.

thank you,

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^^ No offence to your cause as I respect everybody's opinion and I can understand where you're coming from, but don't you think the public should see the realities of nursing sometimes? The stress, the extremely challenging, sometimes abusive and violent, difficult patients, negative workplace culture and how this impacts on family life and the decisions people make?

I'm sorry but I don't think seeing perfect little nurses running around with a perky ponytail, never breaking a sweat much less showing anger or frustration or weakness is good for the nursing profession either, and that is how nurses used to be portrayed - sometimes still are.

The media has claimed that people are more informed than ever before due to the internet and the television. Society counts on the television and media to be correct and deliver information as factual as possible.

I don't rely on TV or any other popular culture medium to dictate what is accurate to me and if other people are doing this they need to stop being so naive. A lot of the time TV and movies are fantasy or ironic or satirical. I realise that since the advent of medical shows in the 70s, people have become more proactive and educated about their medical treatment, but to rely on TV as being completely factual isn't doing anyone any favours.

Good luck with your project.

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