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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