Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Nurse Jackie vs. Hawthorne

I'd really like to know what you nurses and the general public think about all the shows with nurses as the primary character?

The first contender is Nurse Jackie - Nurse Jackie Peyton is far from ordinary. As an ER nurse, she navigates the rough waters of a crumbling healthcare system, doing everything she can to provide her patients with the best care possible. Whether she’s lighting into a smug doctor for failing to heed her advice, or stealing a fat money clip from a man who stabbed a prostitute and giving it to a pregnant widow, or forging the organ donor card of a man who just died, Jackie Peyton is compelled to make sense of the chaos and to level the playing field whenever she can. Right or wrong, it’s Jackie’s brand of justice all made that more manageable by a daily diet of prescription pain medication.

The second contender is HawthoRNe - Pinkett Smith plays Christina Hawthorne, a compassionate and headstrong Chief Nursing Officer heading up a group of dedicated nurses at Richmond Trinity Hospital who spend long days and nights on the hospital’s front lines. Hawthorne is the kind of nurse you want on your side when you or someone you love is in the hospital. She is the kind of nurse who fights for her patients and doesn’t let them slip through the cracks. When necessary, she takes on doctors and administrators who are overworked, distracted or just unable to see the human being behind the hospital chart.

I look forward to watching HawthoRNe tonight and then hearing what others have to say!


Joy said...

I don't have satellite/cable so I can't say!

Anonymous said...

I've already complained X2 to Showtime concerning Nurse Jackie- disgusting show. Why do nurses always have to be portrayed like this?
HawthoRNe? I'll watch a couple more episodes. She was a strong positive women- not a real portrayal of a CNO but much better than Jackie. A couple of the nurses were bimbo types. They may have to go.

Anonymous said...

I agree with anonymous ^

I also liked the male nurse character, despite the fact that they played into the "not smart enough for med school" stereotype. I liked how they showed him reasoning out the decision he was making, and asking another nurse for her opinion about whether he was just being an azz or had a legitimate reason to cause a stink... that seemed real. I also loved the part where the new nurse is totally overwhelmed and cries, LOL, been there done that!

I actually really liked HawthoRNe nut am worried it might get a little boring after a while without some interesting side plots. Mostly I'm happy we have this show to balance the Nurse Jackie show.


Kim said...

HawthoRNe was just OK. It kind of seemed bored like the pp said. In fact, I kind of felt like the main character didn't have any depth because she was so knowledgeable and wise in every situation.