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Sharon Nam Dobbs is a registered nurse who is committed to education and professional growth. Educated in Canada, she received a diploma in nursing in 2003 from George Brown College; a BSN in 2005 from Ryerson University; and an MSN from University of Toronto in 2007. She has worked in community nursing, geriatric nursing, nursing education, general internal medicine, neurology, and bariatrics. She has worked in Canada and the U.S. and currently works as a bariatric nurse at Toronto Western Hospital.
When my union forwarded a link to a petition to cancel a new reality show, "Scrubbing In" that was described as being "highly offensive," and which depicts nurses in unprofessional, inappropriate activities, I automatically signed the petition, and forwarded to family and friends on my Facebook page to also sign. I thought that anything that got my union so riled should be taken seriously.
Receiving a notification from my adult son that he hated the trailer and thought it was "an abomination and an insult" to my honor, I was more than a little curious about the trailer itself. I watched it and was horrified at the portrayal of the nurses in the show.
We have advanced into a "reality" age in which we have an unquenchable thirst of the most outlandish of "daily" activities. We live in awe of the most degrading of human activities. We watch in glee as people dispute about their innumerable sex partners, about the paternity of their children, and about any number of topics. We watch child prodigies perform as seasoned chefs, and hunger for fights amongst mothers of child beauty queens. We have become a depraved society in which nothing is sacred, and everything is fair game.
But, one wonders, what does that have to do with nursing? Reality TV doesn't necessarily depict real life, does it? While that may be true, reality TV gives the impression that what they portray actually happens.
Now, in a profession in which nurses fight daily for respect and to be taken seriously, in which so many television shows have negative portrayals of nurses, and in which nurses must constantly (and almost unsuccessfully) be proving themselves to their patients, the families and friends of patients, and even to their own colleagues in other disciplines, why would any nurse embrace a television program that basically prove the misconception that exist about nurses?