Nurse Jackie is a television series that is set in a hospital environment. Within the hospital there is an interdisciplinary approach which focuses more on the work the nurses perform. Jackie is the main character who we follow and is an emergency department (ED) nurse. Jackie is a hard working nurse who is experiencing severe back pack pain thus causing her to use narcotics to control the pain. That said, this paper will explore how nursing and Jackie’s character is portrayed in the show as well as how Jackie can be seen as a leader (Austin, 2009).
The health care workers in the show Nurse Jackie, are portrayed as as hard working professionals who hold a high regard for patient care. The nurses follow an established dress code which requires clean and preferably wrinkle free scrubs, as well as, a stethoscope. Since the nurses work in the ED they have had to develop strong relationships with the doctors to ensure that everyone can be trusted (Austin, 2009; Brixius, Wallem, & Dunsky, 2009; Hudis, 2009). For the most part the nurses know that the doctors hold the ultimate control, but with increasing trust the nurses can be empowered to exercise a broader scope of practice. When interacting with the patients, the nurses act in a professional manner and employ appropriate interpersonal skills and non-verbal signs. Finally, these nurses have meaningful roles because they are portrayed as individuals who provide a high level of bedside care and are willing to accommodate most of their patient’s needs (Austin, 2009; Brixius et al., 2009; Hudis, 2009).
The portrayals outlines above are mostly true for Nurse Jackie. Jackie ensures that she is dressed in an appropriate attire and according to the dress code to ensure that she is professional looking (Brixius et al., 2009; Sullivan, 2012). This clean look allows for Jackie to create a positive image of the nursing profession. Jackie has also created relationships with multiple doctors (Austin, 2009; Hudis, 2009, Sullivan, 2012). This allows for trust to be built, which ultimately aids in patient care because Jackie will be able to voice her opinion in the care plan and ensure the best possible care is given. When there is an issue with a doctor, Jackie is not afraid to speak her mind (Austin, 2009; Sullivan, 2012). For example, when Dr. Cooper would not listen to Jackie about her assessment and the patient ended up dying, she was not hesitant in telling Dr. Cooper that he needs to listen to her assessments to ensure patient safety, as well as, health (Austin, 2009). Finally, Jackie is visible with her patients and skillfully provides them with the needed care. This is evident through the dedicated execution of her duties while experiencing severe back pain and the multiple interactions with her patients (Austin, 2009; Brixius et al., 2009; Hudis, 2009; Sullivan, 2012).
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