There's been a lot of...well, not "furor," mostly just talk... about Showtime's series Nurse Jackie. Blah blah blah, not a good example of a nurse, blah blah blah detrimental to the public image of nursing...blah blah blah.
I've only seen the first episode (I don't have Showtime, and am waiting to Netflix the whole season to watch all at once), but I can't say anything bad about it.
However, I've become a huge fan of the show because of its effects on patients and their families in the ED.
Yesterday, a very difficult patient was about to go upstairs to her room. For her whole stay, she had been complaining and needy and angry. Just before she was to be transported, she started demanding her Valium. The admitting doc hadn't put in any orders yet. I told her so, adding, "I can't get the pills out of the machine without an order from the doctor."
She smiled. "Oh, I understand. You guys have a Pyxis! Don't worry about it," she said knowingly, "I watch Nurse Jackie!"