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The Truth about Nursing releases best and worst nurse portrayals of the decade

It seems with every passing year more television shows portray nurses in a different light, as talk shows and different healthcare associations express varying opinions on nurses in the hospital system. If you tune into Showtime, Nurse Jackie will blow you away while popping pain medication. However, if you visit the American Medical Association you might read a negative comment on advanced practice nurses.

Responding to the varying shows in the media that portray nurses, The Truth about Nursing released a list showcasing the ten best and worst media portrayals of nurses between 2000 and 2009.

Making the top of the best portrayals are Showtime’s Nurse Jackie and NBC’s Mercy, two television shows that premiered in 2009 depicting nurses who fought for patients and used new and effective ways to help patients lead better lives. Also making the best list is Angels in America, a film on HBO in 2003 that focused on AIDS care nurses.

Those that made the worst list include shows ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and FOX’s House, where nurses do not play a significant part in the dramas, and receive ridicule from the main characters. The ‘naughty nurse’ also made the worst list, which includes comments from Kelly Ripa in 2007 and Virgin Mobile for ads in 2008.


Do you agree with The Truth about Nursing’s list? Are there any shows or media portrayals you feel should be added or taken off? What do you think will happen in the next decade?


Source: The Truth about Nursing


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Sarah Kearns About the Author: Sarah is an Editorial Assistant in the patient safety group at HCPro, Inc. She contributes to two monthly newsletters; Briefings on the Joint Commission and Briefings on Patient Safety, and manages four e-zines; Accreditation Connection, AHAP Staff Challenge, Nurse Manager Weekly, and Healthcare Training Weekly. She also helps research new products for the patient safety and nursing market. She graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2008 where she earned her bachelor's degree in English.

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