Looks like there is something for everyone this television season.
If you like your media RNs drug-addicted and sex-crazed, there is a show for you over at Showtime.
If you prefer to view nursing in a different light, you may want to check out HawthoRNe on TNT.
Jada Pinkett Smith plays a chief nursing officer at the fictional Richmond Trinity Hospital.
She’s smart, tough, caring, takes on the medical establishment, stands up for her staff and fights for the underdog.
And, uh, she does patient care.
In all my decades, I have never known a Chief Nursing Officer to don scrubs and do patient care.
And Christina Hawthorne does it all!
Am I going to watch?
HawthoRNe has personal problems that don’t include drugs or sex. She is widowed, single mother and her teenage daughter is a pain in the ass. She, like her Showtime counterpart, is a strong woman who isn’t afraid to break the rules.
And as so many commenters pointed out in the great discussion following my “Nurse Jackie” post, no television show is going to be perfect in its portrayal of any profession (my hubby used to rail at “LA Law” every week!).
So, you can call me naive, an idiot, a pollyanna, out-of-touch, crazy or whatever name you like…
I’m taking the more idealistic portrayal of nursing offered by “HawthoRNe”.
Let’s see what TNT can do with the drama that surrounds the nursing profession.
And kudos to Pinkett Smith for bringing it on (she’s the executive-producer).
P.S. Now, what are the chances of getting Will Smith on one of the episodes ( you knew I was going there, didn’t you)?…