Hair, beautiful hair!
So I keep seeing these beautiful ads for a new show called Trauma or something like that. In one of them there is a very pretty blonde who is some kind of first responder and her face is quite realistic looking. Her brow is furrowed, in an un-botoxed kind of way, and she is yelling to someone who is not visible to us for help. Her beautiful blonde hair is expertly blowing in the wind which is a little where reality stops for me…I mean honestly, who goes to a trauma scene with their hair perfect and flowing around their shoulders? Ew! None of us do that. My hair is usually haphazardly thrown into a ponytail or bun and off I go for the day. It seems to start off well kempt, with good intentions and centered on my head but, inevitably, as the day goes on it becomes more askew. Sort of like in a neglect syndrome kind of way. That was my favorite part of Grey’s Anatomy…the hair. It always looked realistic to me, (unlike the story lines! I remember going to the mall on my break once in my scrubs, obviously, and a store clerk asked me if working in the ER was really like Grey’s Anatomy. “I mean, like, do you guys, like, have sex in the closets and stuff?” **Sigh** Oh, geez, just ring up my jeans please!; but I digress) like their hair was just randomly secured in a ponytail which is often what happens when the alarm goes off at 5:30 am! So here’s a message to all the medical TV writers out there: invest in some ponytail holders if you want to make it realistic! No one wants to take MRSA home in their lovely locks!
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Rebekah Child attended the University of Southern California for her bachelor's in nursing and decided to brave the academic waters and return for her master's in nursing education, graduating in 2003 from Mount St. Mary's. Rebekah has also taught nursing clinical and theory at numerous Southern California nursing schools and has been an emergency nurse since 2002. She is currently one of the clinical educators for an emergency department in Southern California and a student (again!) in the doctoral program at the University of California, Los Angeles.
By Rebekah Child