Update, 9.4.13: Nurse Nation has been re-titled Scrubbing In and will premiere Oct. 24. Click here for our latest post on the show.
A new reality show, Nurse Nation, on MTV, will turn the cameras on travel nurses!
According to MTV, “Nurse Nation is a new docu-series that follows nine twenty-something travel nurses all assigned to work at a new hospital in a brand new city for 13 weeks. Some of them have been doing this for years, while others are on their first tour. Cameras will be there every step of the way as they take on the unique challenges and intense pressures of working in the medical profession as they face life or death decisions every day. But it’s not ‘all work and no play.’ On days off, they take advantage of all that their host city has to offer, meet new people and potential new loves while often trying to keep previous relationships and friendships alive. It’s the ultimate ‘work-hard/play-hard’ lifestyle.”
The air-date has not yet been confirmed and MTV lists the series as simply “coming soon.”
The network, once very music video-centric, plays a variety of reality television shows. Many of these shows isolate a group by region, profession, etc., and simply let the cameras roll. Some of the more well-known shows such as The Real World, Buckwild, and Jersey Shore have been maligned for various reasons including unruly cast members and unfavorable portrayals of certain groups. For example, in the case of Jersey Shore, many Italian Americans as well as people from New Jersey were offended and upset by the ways in which they felt Jersey Shore portrayed them. Another example of issues surrounding an MTV reality show occurred when a young member of the cast of the show Buckwild died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning (MTV quickly cancelled the series out of respect for grieving friends and family).
With all of the drama and tabloid headlines that come with so many reality shows, you have to wonder if this same fate will befall Nurse Nation and its cast members. Some in the field are concerned that Nurse Nation on MTV could misrepresent the travel nursing industry and perhaps give travel nurses a bad rap. One the other hand, some think it will be great exposure for the industry and will shine a positive light on all of the important work travel nurses do on a daily basis.
Will you watch Nurse Nation on MTV? What are your thoughts on the show? Let us know in the comments!