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Reality hospital drama 'Hopkins'

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ABC will air a six part series titled ‘Hopkins‘ about the lives of the people who work at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. The show kicks off on June 26th at 10e/9c. Hospital dramas on TV are nothing new as fans of ER and Grey’s Anatomy can atest, but what should make this show interesting is that it is real.

I’m not a fan of the reality tv shows, but I think this show could be really good. The show is produced by ABC News, so Hopkins should feel more like an extended 20/20 segment than an episode of The Bachelorette.

It’s almost amazing that a show like this can be made in this era of very tight and strict confidentiality laws guarding patient records. Not to mention that a hospital would be willing to have camera crews documenting everything and opening themselves up to scrutiny. We may never see a show like this again.

What’s your thoughts on this show? Do you plan to watch?

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  1. Ashley says:

    I can’t wait for this show. I think it’s going to be a hit and hopefully will open the eyes of young people and get then interersted in the medical field.

  2. Bret says:

    Thanks for the comment Ashley. I hadn’t thought about the show helping drive interest in a career in healthcare. Hopefully that will happen and maybe they’ll help bring some attention to the nursing shortage as well.

  3. Jay says:

    I work at Hopkins and watched Hopkins 24/7. This hospital respects and appreciates all its’ employees, from the electricians, to the food service people, to the people who transport patients, to the nurses. The old show was fantastic, and is supposed to be shown on Sunday nights on Discovery at 10pm. We strive to be the best. I would think that nurses would be very important in the show. Of course, the show has a limited amount of time for showing the relationships between doctors and patients, and the difficult decisions that have to be made. It may be that they can’t highlight the nurses b/c of time.

  4. Bret says:

    Thanks for your comment Jay. Its great to hear from an employee at Hopkins. I have no doubt that many who watch the program will come away with great respect for Hopkins as it is an elite organization. Of course as a blog dedicated to the travel nursing field we’re hoping to see the nurses get some much deserved attention. Regardless, it will be very interesting to watch.

    Thanks also for the tip on the original documentary Hopkins 24/7, which aired in 2000. I’ll have to try to catch that as well.

  5. emili says:

    That was a nice read

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