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Best and worst nursing portrayals of 2010

The Truth About Nursing, a non-profit organization in Baltimore that seeks to increase public understanding of the role nurses play in today’s healthcare, has announced its eighth annual list of the top 10 best and worst media portrayals of nursing in 2010.

At the top of the “best” list is Showtime’s Nurse Jackie, which the organization applauded for the lead character’s virtuosity in using creative and effective ways to improve patient outcomes, despite her own ethical and personal issues.

Theresa Brown, author of The New York Times “Well” blog, CNN article “More nurses mean more patients live,” and the book Critical Care: A New Nurse Faces Death, Life, and Everything in Between, received praise for her influential commentaries on her experiences as a nurse and her perspective on key health issues.

Well-known TV shows such as ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice, and Fox’s House topped the list of worst nurse portrayals. The organization said that Grey’s Anatomy continued to ignore nursing unless it was to insult the practice, and said that the show’s physicians were given a heroic persona as they performed critical tasks that nurses often do in real life.

To view the complete lists, click here.

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Jaclyn Beck About the Author: Jaclyn is an Associate Editor at HCPro, Inc. She manages three monthly newsletters; Strategies for Nurse Managers, Briefings on Infection Control, and Briefings on Hospital Safety, and manages four ezines; AHAP Staff Challenge, Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Hospital Safety Connection, and Nurse Manager Weekly. She graduated from Gordon College in 2007 where she earned her bachelor's degree in Business.

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