By Laura Raines, Pulse editor, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nurses have always had a starring role in health care. Television, it seems, has finally caught on. Three new TV series feature nurses as leading characters — “Nurse Jackie,” “HawthoRNe” and “Mercy.”
Reaction has been mixed about how these fictional nurses affect the image of the profession. Immediately after the premiere of Showtime’s drug-addicted, philandering and ethically challenged nurse, Jackie Peyton, the American Nurses Association issued a statement of disapproval, asking nurses to complain to the cable network.
“ANA’s concern is that negative images such as those on ‘Nurse Jackie’ erode the highly valued trust of patients who rely on the expertise of nurses in health care situations,” said ANA president Rebecca M. Patton, MSN, RN, CNOR. “These harmful images also play a role in shaping the values, impressions and ultimately the career choice of young people, and may very well contribute