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Date of Graduation

Fall 2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)


School of Nursing


Erika Metzler-Sawin

Betsy Herron

Julie Strunk


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.

Included in

Nursing Commons



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