The media and Hollywood in particular, represent one avenue in which the general public becomes familiar with the role of nurses. How do the media positively or negatively influence the public’s image of nursing?
The public often see nurses through images in the media. Unfortunately, the media and Hollywood, portray negative false image of nurses and doctors to the public. T.V. shows like Nurse Jackie, Grey’s Anatomy, and naughty nurse Halloween costume depicted the dark side of nursing. We have to educate and change the negative image of nurses. The media projects false image about nurses to the public. For example, the T.V. show Nurse Jackie is a medical dark mocking comedy series on television. She is a caring, proficient, and dedicated nurse, but she is also a drug addict, liar, and a thief. She is out of control, out of excuses, and out of tricks in her personal life. She works at an emergency department at All Saints Hospital in New York City. She almost kills a diabetic patient by administering the wrong dosage of insulin while she was impaired. The public does not know that insulin is one of the drugs that require double check by two licensed persons. When Jackie has to check into a rehabilitation center, she lied to her manager stating that she was going to Disneyland. She also lied to her teenage daughter, Grace, telling her that she was working in the rehabilitation center. She stole a staff member’s coffee while she was there. In addition, other T.V. shows like Grey’s anatomy, nurses are handmaids to physicians. Do doctors and nurses work together to provide the best possible outcome for patients? In Grey’s anatomy, all the nursing tasks are performed by physicians and generally portray nurses as incompetent, unprofessional, and not too intelligent. A naughty nurse costume for Halloween is promiscuous and revealing. Low cut shirts and miniskirts transmit poor taste, appear prostitute like, and emphasize the sexual appeal of nurses to the public....
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