Do TV Nurses Represent You?

“Healing, helping, fixing—fantastic! That’s why you’re a nurse. When I was a little girl, I took a butter knife and opened up a dead bunny. That’s why I’m a doctor!”

dialogue from the pilot of Nurse Jackie

This scene between the title character of Showtime’s Nurse Jackie and her physician sidekick is a rare example of Hollywood capturing what nurses are all about. Unfortunately, the media, and popular entertainment in particular, more often portray the nursing role erroneously—when they portray it at all.