Disrespectful TV

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Kudos to the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists and their president, Carol Manchester, for objecting to the farcical presentation in the MTV show "Scrubbing In" of what transpires on and off hours for those in the nursing profession ("Nurses Group Wants to Scrub 'Scrubbing In,' " Home & Garden, Nov. 9).

I worked at UPMC South Side for 38 years, where I saw firsthand the high-stress situations that nurses deal with on a daily basis. When the doctors are at their offices or in surgery, nurses are the first line of protection for the patient when crises arise.

What I didn't see happen, I heard about from my wife (also an employee of UPMC South Side), who worked as a licensed practical nurse and as a registered nurse (intensive care and recovery room) during her 30-year-plus career.

The situations that nurses face are enough to wear anyone down in an eight-hour shift, not to mention the 12- to 14-hour shifts that some intensive care nurses may still be working.

After work, there was little energy left for life's mundane chores, let alone a social life.

The NACSN is right to demand a true representation. Some years ago, the comedy "Scrubs" was given plenty of leeway because it was a comedy. There is nothing funny about real-life nursing and the demands of that profession.

Any organization claiming to represent their "true" story should do so with due diligence in consulting those in the profession and by showing respect for those who make the practice of medicine a continuing process.


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