Nurses outraged over MTV’s new show
A new MTV show that follows a group of nurses sparked backlash from professionals across the state who say the show is “offensive” to the profession and perpetuates negative stereotypes.
“Scrubbing In,” which premiered Thursday, follows a group of nurses who leave their homes to work at a hospital in Orange County, Calif. and adapt to a new city.
In a statement released Friday, the Wisconsin Nurses Association said the program reinforces sexist and negative stereotypes concerning nurses. The program “may potentially damage the high regard” the nursing profession currently has for its viewers and patients, the statement said.
“There wasn’t a lot of respect for the educational preparation and intelligence of how nurses are compared to what they were focusing on which was more physical,” Gina Dennick-Champion, executive director of WNA, said. “The content of the show was pretty offensive and I felt it was in the best interests of nurses to file a complaint.”
Karen Daley, president of the American Nurses Association, said in a statement she was disappointed with the depiction of nurses on the new show. The negative portrayals of nurses could prove damaging to recruitment efforts, which could eventaully lead to a shortage in the future.
Joan Herwick, spokesperson for ANA, added the the show portrays negative stereotypes by displaying the image of “naughty nurses.”
See the trailer (just over a minute):