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ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

Will New Documentary Series Authentically Portray Nurses?

Published June 24, 2010 12:03 PM by Stacey Miller
Thursday night marks the premiere of ABC News' eight-part television series, Boston Med, where camera crews follow doctors, nurses and their patients at three Boston hospitals.

If you caught last summer's series Hopkins, where cameras went inside Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, you can probably expect more of the same from Boston Med, which takes place in Children's Hospital Boston, Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital.

But more of the same, in this case, isn't such a bad thing. Scenes captured in Hopkins were heartbreaking, inspiring and hard to shake —  especially an episode where the medical staff failed to communicate clearly the status of a young drowning victim to the family. 

One nurse I talked to dismissed Hopkins, saying too much of the show focused on doctors. One subject of Boston Med, Mass General ED nurse Amanda Grabowski, RN, hopes this documentary "provides an authentic portrait of what nurses do daily," she told the Boston Globe.

I'm sure most nurses will hope so too.

Boston Med premieres on ABC tonight at 10 p.m.


OK Caught the first show on HULU. It's good, and it's real, but it was all about the doctors and patients, not the nurses. Who knows what the next shows will be?

Pat Vee June 28, 2010 7:04 AM

Whoops. I thought Boston Med was new mindless drama series. I really enjoyed Hopkins 24/7, so I'll be sure to tune in this week.

Pat Vee June 27, 2010 6:11 PM

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