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Nurse Nation on MTV


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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 br and 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 h and , 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!

Posted in: Travel Nursing

About the Author:

Hi, I'm Sarah Wengert, a creative content writer for the amazing Medical Solutions based in Omaha, Nebraska. While I'm not a travel nurse, I love to travel and I truly appreciate the hard, important work that nurses do. I'm very happy to represent a company that cares so much about its people. Thanks for reading!

15 Comments on "Nurse Nation on MTV"

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  1. Amanda


    I am sickened by this idea! I have been a traveler for 5 years…and I would not do anything but what we do, I love it. We are not all 20 somethings…
    MTV? Really? So they can portray travelers like drunk slutty girls? How exactly are cameras going to follow RNs? I’m pretty sure that may be a HIPAA violation.
    Yes, we move, yes, we make new friends and/or lovers, yes, we try to balance old loves…I just have a really bad feeling about this show! We are going to lose a lot of respect from a lot of people…
    Just one opinion from one traveler…we are going to be grouped in with the trashy gypsy shows, and all because they are called travelers as well.

  2. Sarah Wengert


    Hi Amanda! I totally get where you’re coming from and I think a lot of us are kind of holding our breath and hoping for the best possible portrayal of traveling RNs.

    I did find an encouraging quote in an article that had a few updates about the show and the cast:

    “At the end of the day, we have our [nursing] license on the line,” cast member Chelsey said. “Nursing school is so hard and something all of us hold near and dear, and we will not jeopardize our licenses.” (Read more:

    This article also provided an update that the show will air this fall – so we’ll know before too long how it will pan out. Fingers crossed!

  3. Joke


    That’s a funny quote considering not all of them had California nursing licenses when they started filming.

  4. Excited


    Why would they have had their Cali licenses? They are travelers. You get your license for each state as you travel to it.

  5. Demi


    So disappointed to hear #MTV is airing a new show this fall called #nursenation or? #scrubbingin about travel nurses and their “work hard play hard” life “at its best” as the commercial aired they say “we are going alittle crazy tonight but you would too if you had a day like we did” How dare reality tv take such a genuine career choice and proceed to generalize it into a partying type career in o…ur spare time. It’s insulting. It turns my stomach to even see these nurses creating assumptions for the general public that us nurses need to party to get the pressures if this job off our shoulders. Yes, our jobs can be difficult and sometimes more so than some other occupations, but for goodness sake, you should be ashamed of yourself as a nurse to make any patient feel like they are a hindrance to your life. You may have a hard day, something’s we deal with are heartbreaking, but at the end of the day I GET TO GO HOME! I am not the cancer patient who can’t stop vomiting, or the parents waiting next to their baby’s incubator, or the new widow making arrangements w the morgue, or the young mother w a new diagnosis of breast cancer. My career enables God to remind me of the endless blessings in my life day after day. I am proud of my profession. I wouldn’t desire to do anything else. I pray that MTV isn’t able to do what it is absolutely best at; demeaning and magnifying the shameful generation that is being created today. Nurses please stay aware and stand up for the amazing job we do. Patients please do not ever feel that you do not have the right to your health, your dignity, and your pain (physical, emotional and spiritual)to be managed to the best of us healthcare providers’ ability.

  6. wary


    Excited, you’re a funny one. They aren’t allowed to work in the hospital if they’re not licensed. But what do you expect from travel nurses from a company that was previously called Access Nurses that went out of business and reopened under a new name? I doubt MTV will show the behind the scenes panic that started when the hospital ceo found out. I think the medical profession needs to stay professional and I would have been a lot more comfortable if MTV had hired (aka cast) longtime, experienced nurses from a reputable travel nurse company. I’m concerned about travel nurses being represented by recent hires at a company that rebranded itself after an unresolved Better Business Bureau complaint and failing contracts and financials.

  7. also


    Did anyone stop to think why they couldn’t get their CA licenses? What type of company hires nurses without doing thorough background checks??! These people have access to privileged information, medical records, financials, etc. Background checks are a big reason for delays in state licensing…

  8. Haley


    I am a 21 year old BSN nursing student and I think this show is the most idiotic idea since Jersey Shore. No, I do not want my career portrayed to be a party scene with a bunch of drunk, uneducated sluts. What we do is FAR from party, we save lives. Putting these hoes on the TV and calling it “real nursing” is far from what it really is. I will be attempting to contact MTV on behalf of this.

  9. Sarah Wengert


    We’ve just done another post with some updates on the show, now being called Scrubbing In:

  10. As a Travel Nursing advocate I am very concerned about the portrayal of Travel Nurses via MTV. I guess we shall wait and see….hoping for the best!

  11. Wow


    I’m looking forward to seeing this show, you have not seen the show yet, and you all are already not liking it, wow give yeh is a chance, I know that the nurses have alot to value, there not all hoes, but yes when something happens and you have had a rough day at work then you want to go out have a drink and let loose, I will be watching it and when the show is done if it gives nurses a bad name then I will stand with you all, but if it shows how your lives are really like outside the hospital then there’s nothing to say.

  12. Hanna


    Doesn’t this violate HIPAA?

  13. RNfromCA


    Sign this petition to cancel the premiere of the show

    Numerous nurses have voiced their comments regarding the show in the link above. Thank you for this blog!

  14. RNfromEastCoast


    This is a disgrace to the nursing profession. The producers and all involved need to leave the saving of lives to us in the medical profession and we will leave the nasty media portrayal of reality tv to them. This show needs to be canceled asap and the girls that agreed to filming should be ashamed. I am strongly considering travel nursing and I do not want others to think my reasons for picking this area is because of this garbage.

  15. Nancynrse


    The public needs to be able to trust their healthcare providers…and I can’t see that a show of this nature will do anything but hinder that trust. The life of a nurse is something only other nurses can truly understand. How we deal with what we see and why we do what we do….it’s a brotherhood and sisterhood between us…and I, for one, do not want that portrayed through the eyes of MTV.

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