Negative stereotypes of nurses really do hurt patients.
Nurses don't get the respect and therefore we don't get the money to help us educate nurse educators and new nurses to take on the roles that nurses really do in real life. In the long run, the nursing shortage is going to impact more and more lives. And the quality of care will affect too many.
If only we could convince viewers to watch the drama and NOT believe everything they see about nurses on TV and in the movies. The writers of these shows are not nurses and even if they have a nurse as a consult, real life doesn't always make for the best entertainment. They have an agenda to meet as well. How many male roles and how many female roles to develop? Which ones are the strongest to attract the best actors? In the end, the program has little to do with any of the careers portrayed.
For example, Castle is one of my favorite shows. But how many police departments would let an author do all of the things Richard Castle does on that show?
So if you really want to watch Nurse Jackie, it's not bad story line and the acting is good....but it degrades nurses to death!