Nurse Jackie Backlash - Weigh In!
The first episode of Nurse Jackie
premièred last night on Showtime. If you didn't catch it, you can watch the full (albeit slightly edited) episode here
To sum it up, nurse Jackie is a tough ED nurse at New York City's All Saints Hospital, who, within the first half-hour episode is snorting painkillers, having an affair with the hospital pharmacist (who is also her drug supplier), forging a deceased patient's signature to make him an organ donor, flushing a rapist's severed ear down the toilet, and telling an arrogant new doctor to stay the **** out of her way.
Not surprisingly, a nurse-backlash has begun. Today, the New York Daily News reported nurses from the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) requested Showtime add a disclaimer at the start of each episode. NYSNA describes nurse Jackie as having "no qualms about repeatedly violating the nursing Code of Ethics," and say a disclaimer will distance her character from the nursing profession as a whole.
Showtime officials have denied the request, and sent this response to NYSNA:
"[Nurse Jackie] is a show of fiction, and its purpose, first and foremost, is entertainment. ... We are confident the viewing public will understand that and can differentiate between a work of fiction and a documentary, which this clearly is not."
Note: yesterday, I blogged about how Sandy Summers MSN, MPH, RN, executive director of The Truth About Nursing, urges nurses to give Nurse Jackie a chance, and said there are many ways it positively portrays the nursing profession.
So, what are your thoughts on the show? Please watch the first episode and tell us your thoughts in the comment box below.