Reality Check: Nurses group wants to scrub 'Scrubbing In'

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That did not take long.

After one airing of MTV's new show "Scrubbing In," the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists has called for cancellation of the show.

Sort of "Real World" meets "Grey's Anatomy," the show features a young cast with five Pittsburgh-area nurses from Allegheny General Hospital's ICU. They sign on as travel nurses and soon are off to California, where they meet others in their profession who will work and drink alongside them.

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At the Television Critics Association summer press tour, cast member Crystal Burrell told the Post-Gazette's Rob Owen that producers promised a "healthy balance of inside and outside of work."

The first episode wasn't even close, with mere glimpses of the nurses at work and more concentration on partying and personal conflicts. It's possible, but unlikely, the focus will turn to nursing in future episodes. But this is MTV, which doesn't have "Buckwild" or "Jersey Shore" anymore, and "Catfish" is casting things in the worst possible light.

The "Scrubbing In" pilot had a scene in which one nurse jumps into a shower to surprise another, and you just know whose idea that was.

Hint: not the nurses'.

Heather Ambrose, Nikki Cirrincione, Michelle Battisti and Chelsey Ferri are the other women with local ties portrayed on the show.

NACNS president Carol Manchester has written to MTV, objecting that "Scrubbing In" shows the nurses "in a disrespectful and unfair light for purely salacious purposes. ... At a time when our nation needs nurses more than ever, this program is denigrating and demeaning the members of what has been shown time and again to be one of the most trusted professions in the United States."

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