Is Nurse Jackie Good for What Ails You?


Season 2 of the Edie Falco series on Showtime kicked off yesterday evening. Two immediate observations in passing: Jackie’s lifestyle is starting to catch up with her (so the show may be unrealistic at times, but it’s not all fantasy) and the episode’s most significant representation of patient advocacy showed Jackie on the phone trying to get a patient insurance coverage (good timing, on the eve of Obama’s signing of the health insurance reform bill).

We posted on “Nurse Jackie” from different angles (skeptical, enthusiastic) back during season one. It’s just entertainment, say many people. Others resent the less than idealized depiction of a nurse. Others find a heroic figure in Jackie despite her bad behavior. Or because of it. And so it goes. But the show does seem to have staying power. Are you watching? Are you a nurse watching, and how does that feel?

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2016-11-21T13:18:39+00:00 March 23rd, 2010|career|4 Comments

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Senior editor/social media strategy, American Journal of Nursing, and editor of AJN Off the Charts.


  1. ninjanurse March 26, 2010 at 7:43 am

    I plan to watch the show some time. It’s got to be less damaging than a show like ‘Nightingales’. Anyone remember that?

  2. jparadisirn March 23, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    No, thank you, Jacob. Off the Charts is an inspiring forum of (sometimes controversial) conversation. Always something to think about…

  3. jm March 23, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    Thanks for sharing this here. We’ve been meaning to link to your new blog! -Jacob, blog editor

  4. jparadisirn March 23, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    I like Nurse Jackie as a T.V. character, although I’d have serious concerns about her if she were my colleague real life.
    Recently, I’ve begun exploring through visual art how media depiction of nurses affects nursing identity and practice. I’m not sure where it will lead. The images and the occaissional thought are posted on Die Krankenschwester (

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