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Scrubbing In with MTV

Published October 24, 2013 11:02 AM by Catlin Nalley
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In today's entertainment industry no person, place, or profession is safe from the reality television craze. And now, thanks to MTV, nursing is no exception.

Tonight, the network that brought us The Real World and Jersey Shore will premier Scrubbing In a show that follows the lives of a group of travel nurses working in Orange County, Calif.

"Relocating from across the country, these nurses have left their hometowns and lives behind for short-term hospital contracts, with the added benefit of exploring a new city," according to MTV. "For Tyrice, Chris and Fernando, this isn't their first tour and they're considered experts of the program. For first-timers Adrian, Chelsey, Michelle, Crystal, Nikki and Heather, this is a new journey they're embarking on together, looking for a change from their previous nursing jobs."

And if the trailer is any indication these young professionals work hard and play even harder. 

The "reality" in reality television should often be taken with a grain of salt, but where do you draw the line between entertainment and misrepresentation?

A Change.org petition was started urging MTV to cancel the show because it "does not and cannot depict the lives of professional nurses and it is an insult to the nursing profession as a whole."

What do you think? Does Scrubbing In undermine the integrity of the profession? Will you tune in tonight or boycott the show altogether?

posted by Catlin Nalley

8 comments

What can I say about scrubbing in........... Its a reality show so from the beginning I didn't take it to seriously. Sex, drugs, and violence sell so of course the majority of the show would be about that. Its unfortunate that they don't focus on the hospital and the role of the nurse more. Because of social media nursing is already portrayed in a negative manner and this show just adds insult to injury. There are some ignorant people out there and they might believe what the show is promoting. (stupid, crazy, half naked, money grubbing, alcoholic, idiots) Its just plain sad. :(

Amanda, Nursing - Student, Pace University December 7, 2013 10:17 PM
elmsford NY

The MTV show "Scrubbing In" is in my opinion offensive to the individuals that risk their lives day in and day out in order to ensure that their patients are given the best care needed. The MTV show makes a mockery of the nursing profession and gives the audience a false perception about what nurses really do. I believe nurses deserve respect for everything they do and this show does not portray it's nurses with respect. The show should be taken off the air immediately.

Yokairy December 5, 2013 9:14 PM

The MTV show “Scrubbing In” is causing others to view nurses in a negative way. They are not portraying the truths about what nurses do and how they are with their patients. As a student who will soon be joining this health field it offends me that MTV would allow for this show to even take place. How are people going to take what I do and who I am seriously when shows such as these interfere with the respectable and honorable image nurses deserve? Anything that could possibly hinder the views and beliefs of any occupation shouldn’t be allowed, it is just embarrassing and unnecessary.

Alejandra December 5, 2013 9:08 AM
Pleasantville NY

The show scrubbing in was very disappointing as an aspiring nurse to watch. I felt as though they portrayed nurses in the complete wrong way. In the show we viewed in class, they barley had any scenes where they were in the hospital setting. And when they were in the hospital trying to do their jobs as nurses, I was critiquing them in a negative way. One woman actually said “It sucks” or something around those lines to a patient and was being completely inappropriate. Scrubbing in should be taken off the air because majority of the scenes shows the “nurses” partying and drinking. What especially upset me was how they would spend all night drinking the night before a morning shift. How unprofessional. A petition actually got over 30,000 signatures towards the cancellation of this show. The American Nurses Association also stated that the show gives “negative images that reinforce sexist and inaccurate nurse stereotypes.” The show has also been moved from 10pm to 12am so viewership will be decreased and parts of the show will be edited out.

Jilian Hodgkins, , Student Nurse Pace University December 3, 2013 7:46 PM
Pleasantville NY

The show scrubbing in was very disappointing as an aspiring nurse to watch. I felt as though they portrayed nurses in the complete wrong way. In the show we viewed in class, they barley had any scenes where they were in the hospital setting. And when they were in the hospital trying to do their jobs as nurses, I was critiquing them in a negative way. One woman actually said “It sucks” or something around those lines to a patient and was being completely inappropriate. Scrubbing in should be taken off the air because majority of the scenes shows the “nurses” partying and drinking. What especially upset me was how they would spend all night drinking the night before a morning shift. How unprofessional. A petition actually got over 30,000 signatures towards the cancellation of this show. The American Nurses Association also stated that the show gives “negative images that reinforce sexist and inaccurate nurse stereotypes.” The show has also been moved from 10pm to 12am so viewership will be decreased and parts of the show will be edited out.

Juillian , , Studen Nurse Pace University December 3, 2013 7:44 PM
Pleasantville NY

Last summer I saw that there was going to be a new TV show on MTV called “Scrubbing In.” I heard that it was supposed to depict the struggles that nurses go through every day. I was immediately excited and thought it would be nice to have a new TV show to watch after my studies. When it aired in late October I was extremely disappointed. I am currently a nursing student at Pace University’s Leinhard School of Nursing. I feel that the professors of my nursing classes have given me an accurate picture of what professional nursing is. I have learned that nursing is not just a science but an art. The science part of nursing is what we learn in terms of medicine and the newest technology but the art part of nursing is just as important. As nurses we need to be there for our patients when they need at the most, when they are ill. We need to advocate for our patients, teach our patients, and remember that our patients are human beings. The depiction of professional nurses on the show “Scrubbing In” is everything but what nurses really are. The show gives the profession that I, as well as many others, chose a bad name. I feel this show will affect the way many viewers view nurses and what they do for their patients. I feel that as a student nurse it is defiling my title as a nurse before I become a practicing RN. I also feel that the show is giving teenagers a false preview of what they think they are going to do if they choose to go to nursing school. As an aspiring nurse I choose not to support this show and support anyone who is trying to get this show taken off the air.

Katia , , Student Nurse Pace University November 30, 2013 4:21 PM
Pleasantville NY

The MTV reality show Scrubbing In insults all aspiring and current nurses within their specific field of work. It does not emphasize the amount of work a nurse must go through each day with their patients, but rather focuses on their social and personal lives. I understand that this show is predominantly for entertainment, but the people putting this show together should be sensitive to the profession there focusing on and their work. This is the first show where they focus on nurses and its in a negative light, which is unfortunate for any young aspiring nurses that may change their perception due to a show.

Jasmine November 28, 2013 3:50 PM
Plesantetville NY

As a young nurse watching the preview about “Scrubbing in” shows absolutely an insult to the profession and unreal “Nursing life.” By airing the show it could affect our future nursing jobs as well as our relationships with our patients. This show should be taken off the air. I will boycott the show and will support other nurses and future nurses opinion in taking the show off the air.

Algerta November 20, 2013 10:35 PM
Bronx NY

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