“I almost fell out of my chair when I saw ‘Nurse Jackie.’ What are my patients going to think when they see that [show]?” said Barbara Crane, president of the National Federation of Nurses. (NY Daily News)
The New York State Nurses Association this week requested that Showtime add a disclaimer to the end of its new show, Nurse Jackie in hopes of protecting the image of real life nurses. According to The New York Daily News, NYSNA Chief Executive Officer Tina Gerardi’s letter to Showtime stated:
“It is our responsibility as the state nurses’ association to speak out on behalf of our profession, which often is misunderstood and marginalized by the media.”
Showtime has denied the request on the grounds that the show is clearly intended for entertainment and not meant to be a documentary about nurses. The star of the show, Edie Falco states that Nurse Jackie is not about nurses but rather, about a nurse.