Travel Nursing Blogs has been following the lead-up to the premiere of MTV’s new reality show which is centered on a group of travel nurses working in an Orange County, California hospital. (Click here to check out the trailer and here for more information on the show.)
As we have followed the show, we’ve certainly noticed a great deal of controversy regarding the premiere. We have heard all sorts of opinions as travel nurses anticipate the “Scrubbing In” premiere. We have heard from travel nurses who are really excited to check out the show as well as those who are very nervous as to how the profession will be portrayed and thus perceived by the public.
The nervous camp has taken action and actually begun a petition at Change.org asking MTV to cancel “Scrubbing In.” As of this posting, the petition had more than 1,300 signatures. The petition’s summary reads: “This show does not and cannot depict the lives of professional nurses and it is an insult to the nursing profession as a whole. We ask that MTV please consider cancelling the premeire [sic] of this grossly inaccurate dramatization.”
Reading this I was reminded of similarly negative anticipation of other MTV shows such as “Jersey Shore” and “Buckwild.” In both of those cases, groups to be portrayed in the shows — as travel nurses will be by “Scrubbing In” — were upset before they even saw the premiere. In the end, it seemed that most people understood that Snooki and The Situation did not represent all Italian Americans or people from New Jersey, for example. But the portrayal was still upsetting to others.
While there is a lot of passion as travel nurses anticipate the “Scrubbing In” premiere, I can’t help but think that no matter which side you fall on, at least one silver lining is that it’s a good chance to have an open dialogue about travel nursing — an industry and group of nurses that is unsung in many ways. Wouldn’t it be great if more people could learn about the industrious, adaptable, amazing nurses who work on travel assignments?
One last interesting note: Aya Healthcare recently re-released its original travel nursing reality show, “13 Weeks,” according to this press release.
Will you watch “Scrubbing In” and/or Aya’s original show “13 Weeks”?