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Date of Award
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Department of Nursing
Erika M. Sawin
Due to the media’s portrayal of nurses, the nursing image has been
misconstrued over the past few years. Although nurses tend to be overlooked in the
media, there are television series out there that help promote the profession. This
essay considers how the television series Nurse Jackie is positively changing
society’s view of the modern day nurse. By analyzing some of the main protagonists
in season one of this controversial late night drama, one can see how Nurse Jackie
dispels popular nursing stereotypes and enhances the nursing image. Although
viewers may not grasp this shows impact on nursing, this show is important
because it empowers nurses to change how they are portrayed by society.
Holloway, Shayla M., "Out of the darkness and into the limelight: How Nurse Jackie betters the nursing image" (2017). Senior Honors Projects, 2010-current. 501.