“Scrubbing In”: Travel Nurses on TV?

Scrubbing In“They’re heartbreakers. They’re lifesavers. They’re fun seekers. MTV presents…Scrubbing In.”

You may have seen the trailer featuring this narrative–all for MTV’s new show.

We talked recently about the prevalence of medical dramas throughout the history of American television, but the portrayal of nurses on the small screen is about to take an interesting turn.

MTV’s latest reality series, “Scrubbing In,” follows a group of nine twenty-something travel nurses (six female and three male) doing a 12-week stint at a hospital in Orange County, California. Six of the nurses are new to travel nursing, like many nurses when they first start working for RTG Medical.

The series hasn’t actually debuted yet (its first episode airs on MTV next Thursday, October 24, at 9P.M. Central Time), but it’s already generated plenty of internet buzz among nurses. Continue Reading

Medicine On Screen: Doctors and Nurses On TV and In the Movies

Medicine On Screen Doctors and Nurses On TV and In the MoviesMedical dramas have been part of the American TV landscape in every decade since household televisions  became commonplace.

We had “Medic” (1950s), “The Doctors“/”The Nurses” (1960s), “Medical Center,” “Marcus Welby, M.D.,” and “Emergency!” (1970s), “Trapper John, M.D.” and “St. Elsewhere” (1980s), “Doogie Howser, M.D.” and “Chicago Hope” (1990s), and “House M.D.” and “Scrubs” (2000s).

The trend continues to permeate pop culture today through series like “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Nurse Jackie.” Even MTV is getting in on the trend, with its new show about traveling nurses called “Scrubbing In” that’s premiering at the end of the month.

And then there are the series that spanned decades, like “General Hospital” (it continues to live on after a record-setting 50 years) and “ER.”

So why does this genre endure, and why does the public love medical dramas so much?  Continue Reading

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