Here is another article that talks about the effect on nursing by the way viewers see us on television, only this time the article is coming from England and talks about both English and American TV shows.
To me it is amazing that anyone would believe that what you see on the tube has anything to do with real life, but I guess for some people who don’t have the intimate knowledge and daily experience of the medical arena it could seem to be truth. I don’t know.
When I watch cop shows, I know that they never catch the perpetrator in 45 minutes. When I watch legal shows, I know that a trial and verdict does not happen in an hour. But I don’t guess that viewers understand the way hospitals and clinics work well enough to be discriminating.
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Young people ‘put off’ nursing by TV dramas
18 November, 2009
Young people may be discouraged from carers in nursing by watching TV hospital dramas full of staff acting unprofessionally, the head of a widely criticised hospital has said.
Antony Sumara is the new chief executive of Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Hospital Trust, where a report found “appalling” standards of care earlier this year.
Mr Sumara said shows such as Casualty were entertaining but off-putting for potential nurses, as they show staff breaching patient confidentially by discussing cases within earshot of the patient or downloading confidential files.
On the BBC website’s Scrubbing Up column, he wrote: “What impression of a career in the NHS is set in the minds of young people aspiring to be the future generation of nurses, doctors or chief executives when they watch programmes filled with unprofessionalism and poor conduct?”
Mr Sumara called on programme-makers to create “a true picture of hospital life”.
He said: “Nurses and doctors have a difficult enough job at the best of times without having to live up to inappropriate role models but perhaps a group of individuals working hard together to save lives and improve the health of its patients in a caring and conscientious manner is just not good TV?”
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