By June 8, 2009 0 Comments

'Nurse Jackie' premier tonight!!!


Well, the wait and anticipation is over… Tonight is the night for the premier of the new dramadey, ‘Nurse Jackie.’ Don’t forget to tune in tonight at 10:30 ET/PT on Showtime.

This is the third post relating to this show and I think this will be it for some time. I’ll check back into it once the show has found its legs and the shock of its title characters lifestyle wears off a bit. Who knows, there may be some great things to take away from a show like this. While the representation of this ER nurse may not reflect that of those in the real world, it will be interesting to see how the producers of the show react to the viewership. The first episode has been available to preview for some time now and there are many opinions out there on the validity of the show, just check out the forum on

So what do you think? Will the new shows like ‘Nurse Jackie’ and ‘HawthoRNe’ help the boost the perception of nurses as well educated healthcare practitioners or will it just extend the stereotypes that Hollywood has put in place for so long? There are mixed reviews regarding ‘Nurse Jackie,’ some like it for the fact that the title character is this no nonsense veteran nurse who obviously is a bit jaded with the system and has seen it all and won’t let anyone get in her way, while others don’t like it for the extra cirriculars she participates in. While shows in the past have portrayed nurses as servants with little or no input with the care for patients, we all know that nurses have a giant role in the care and recovery of patients. Hopefully with these new shows it will translate into showing nurses in a new light that they are hard working, knowledgeable caretakers and that without them the healthcare system would just buckle.

What we need from any movie and TV show today is to bring the profession of nursing in a greater light. We know the reason for this, the nursing shortage. If Hollywood continues to do what it has done for years, then nurses will never gain the recognition it so deserves. Sadly, many who watch television and movies believe what is on-screen actually happens. So why not show them doing what they actually do!? Now there’s a novel idea! With that I think there will be many who want to do what they see – There’s so much more to the job than there has ever been shown on-screen. I hope these new shows take that into consideration… So tune in and see for yourselves. Will you keep watching or maybe write your own script? I know you’ve got stories!

Here’s a story on that also talks about these new shows.

About the Author:

Patrick Fuerstenau here. Born in Kentucky, raised in Germany, landed in Nebraska and still here. I've been involved with Marketing and Advertising for over a decade. It all began with an internship at an ad agency in Omaha, followed by a 9 year stint as a graphic artist at the lone major newspaper in Omaha. A friend of mine told me about an opening at her company and said that it was the best gig she's ever had... So I decided to spread my proverbial wings and see what I could do for them and vice versa. So here I am at Medical Solutions as a Marketing Specialist for a great travel nursing company. This by far has been a major blessing in my life. I love the work I get to do just as much as I love the people who make up this fabulous company. I can see myself here for a long time... As long as they'll have me. Now that we've got the career timeline out of the way... Let me tell you a little about who I am. I am oh so passionate about the game of futbol! I've been playing soccer since the age of 8 and am still playing today. If I couldn't at least kick the ball around, I don't know what I would do with myself. I fear getting old. I also have a strong love for the arts... Music, Visual arts, Film, Design... pretty much anything and everything arty. I'm happy go lucky and am always looking to have a good time. Just ask my manager! And I love writing about travel nursing.

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