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Sure, Hollywood messes up medicine all the time, but that doesn’t mean that our favorite fictional doctors and nurses aren’t pretty cool (and, okay, often very attractive!). We asked our Facebook fans who they would choose if they had to spend four hours trapped in an elevator with a fictional doctor or nurse. The votes are in (congrats Dr. House!)—check out the responses, from practical to funny to touching, below!
Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie), House: 22 votes
I have to go with House…he would be entertaining and enlightening, and when he became an asshole (and we know he would!), I’d ask for one of his pills and nod off until help came!
Gregory House, because he’s incredibly intelligent, and we think alike. Very much alike, actually. But we’d need a piano and he’d have to use his actual voice (because who doesn’t love an English accent?), then I’d make him sing symptoms for hours. Swoon.
Definitely Dr. House! His sarcasm is the sexiest trait! He says what most nurses wanna say, but he can get away with it!
Capt. Benjamin Franklin “Hawkeye” Pierce (Alan Alda), M*A*S*H: 7 votes
Hawkeye from M*A*S*H. Martini, anyone?
Hawkeye Pierce from M*A*S*H. I know that’s odd considering I’m only 26…but I grew up watching reruns of that show with my dad and he got me the entire series as a gift when I graduated with my nursing degree. That show was the first hint in my life that I wanted to be a nurse. Even in the direst circumstances, humor and caring when mixed with excellence in medical skills can make for the best medicine. Hawkeye is the original, the classic, and it doesn’t get any better!
Dr. Derek Shepherd, aka “Dr. McDreamy” (Patrick Dempsey), Grey’s Anatomy: 6 votes
It would have to be Dr. McDreamy, of course. I’d need him to steady my pulse… 😉
Dr. Doug Ross (George Clooney), ER: 5 votes
Paging to the elevator stat, George Clooney, aka Dr. Doug Ross!
Doug Ross (George Clooney) from ER because he is hot!
Clooney to look at and House to talk to…
Jackie Peyton (Edie Falco), Nurse Jackie: 5 votes
Nurse Jackie. “Quiet and mean, that’s my people.” 😉
Nurse Jackie. She would just be cracking me up the whole time.
Hunter “Patch” Adams (Robin Williams), Patch Adams: 5 votes
Dr. Patch Adams…cuz laughter is the best medicine.
Dr. Patch Adams!! He is the reason I am in healthcare and I fully respect and love all that he stands for!
The Wild Cards
Dr. Elizabeth Corday (Alex Kingston) from ER…I loved how they wrote her character’s approach to medicine and surgery, and applied those same philosophies to her own lifestyle as well. And I think the bonus is that I could tolerate listening to her English accent the entire time we were trapped in that elevator while we were conversing about WHATEVER!
Dr. Beverly Crusher (Gates McFadden) and Data (Brent Spiner) from Star Trek: The Next Generation because they could “beam us out” of there!
Lexie Grey (Chyler Leigh) from Grey’s Anatomy! I have to know why she continues to swoon over Mark Sloan, and if she is still in love with him, then she needs to just tell him now before it is too late!!!
Christina Hawthorne (Jada Pinkett Smith) from HawthoRNe. While the series may not have been super realistic, she was such a fantastic patient advocate and an inspirational role model for this student nurse! She made me want to be an RN so I could be more like her.
Dr. Elliot Reed from Scrubs—Sarah Chalke is HOT!
Dr. Who, because he could use his sonic screwdriver and fix the elevator.
Dr. Peter Benton (Eriq La Salle) from ER. He’s sexy, arrogant and a nice guy at heart. We would have a very nice conversation. He would tell me some of his secrets that no one else knows. Then we would be friends for life. Aahhhhhh. If only….
Who would need a doctor? I would be able to get out of the elevator faster than four hours. Nurses actually do the thinking!!! LOL!
If you had to spend four hours trapped in an elevator with a fictional doctor or nurse, who would you pick and why?