The Mindy Project: Make amends--portray nurses as autonomous professionals who improve health
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The Mindy Project: Make amends--portray nurses as autonomous professionals who improve health

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      The Truth About Nursing

The Mindy Project's one recurring nurse character, Morgan Tookers, is a goofy ex-convict, well-intentioned but ignorant, very odd, and a little scary, who has shown virtually no health expertise. Yet in real life, nurses are autonomous professionals with years of college science education who save lives and improve outcomes every day.

The December 4, 2012 episode included a grossly inaccurate attack on midwives, as New Agey men “stealing” patients from Mindy's OB-GYN practice. Mindy gets the patients back by telling them that midwives have no significant health training or skill and that only physicians can provide real health care to pregnant women. The show’s physician characters also caricature the midwives as seductive “charlatans” and “quacks” who are hostile to all “Western medicine,” including drugs and vaccines. Yet research shows that nurse midwives provide care that is as good as or better than that provided by physicians.

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    • julie thomas HAMILTON, CANADA
      • 9 days ago

      The nurse is a ex con with numerous offences. He is shown to be off the street instead of a college/university graduate making a better life for himself. It is insulting to be portrayed as uneducated, and untrustworthy

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    • Derek Rogozin STATEN ISLAND, NY
      • 4 months ago

      I am working on becoming a male nurse and if this show makes people like me out to be goofy then no one will ever take me seriously once I become an RN or NP.

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    • Miriam Vidal HUMBLE, TX
      • 5 months ago

      I believe this show replaced a show called Emily Owens M.D. (which was a great show). Emily Owens was cancelled. Now I am attached to this show! This show has more to it than just doctors and nurses like Emily Owens M.D. did. The Mindy Project is humorous! That's the point! Not to mention it has handsome actors and a great story line! When we see Dr. Castillano and Mindy together, happy, and married, THEN the can put a "The End" ;)

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    • june garrett CROSSVILLE, TN
      • 5 months ago

      I served in healthcare over 25 years and have found shady characters not a part of staffing in OB care staff. Physicians DO utilize midwives and incorporate their services as a CHOICE in care at this special time in a family's life. They are vital in offering a variety of services that is all about choices!

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    • Dana Daddario CHEEKTOWAGA, NY
      • 6 months ago

      Nursing School is very challenging. Not everyone can do it, therefore I don't appreciate nurses being look down upon in any way. Nurses do way more than people think. Doctors are rarely with their patients. Nurses are with 4-6 patients for 12 hours a day. We are the eyes and ears for the doctors. Nurses tell the doctors what has been happening with the patient the never see. We suggest treatment options to the doctors. Often nurses catch doctors mistakes regarding medication errors. We explain things to the patient the doctor cannot or doesn't have time for. Nursing requires a lot of skill and it should be portrayed that way in shows. Furthermore, most doctors are aware of the knowledge nurses have and look to them for advice and input. We are a health care TEAM. Doctors and nurses work together to communicate the patients needs, please show this on the show, or at least stop looking down upon nurses. Who was at your bedside while you were in the hospital, giving you medications, making sure you were comfortable, drawing your blood, monitoring your labs, assessing your vitals every shift? I guarantee you it wasn't the Doctor.

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