The New York State Nurses Association is not very happy with the portrayal of the nursing profession on Showtime’s new series "Nurse Jackie," the New York Daily News reports.
The group is asking that Showtime include a disclaimer at the end of the show.
"We believe that the public’s view of nurses is influenced by TV dramas, and we have yet to see an accurate portrayal of what nurses really do," NYSNA CEO Tina Gerardi wrote in a letter to Showtime.
The group is concerned about the repeated violations of the nursing Code of Ethics depicted in the series, including forging a donor card, stealing money from a patient and throwing away a patient’s dismembered ear.
"I almost fell out of my chair when I saw ‘Nurse Jackie.’ What are my patients going to think when they see that [show]?" said Barbara Crane, president of the National Federation of Nurses.
A showtime spokesperson responded, "This is a show of fiction, and its purpose, first and foremost, is entertainment. We are confident the viewing public will understand that and can differentiate between a work of fiction and a documentary, which this clearly is not."