A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Nurses is a Canadian medical drama that features lots of harrowing situations, including serious injuries and deaths. Bloody wounds and severed bloody body parts are visible, as are attempts to treat people in frantic situations. There’s some strong language ("bitch," "damn," "ass") some yelling, and descriptions of violent events. On occasion, there’s some strong innuendo, ranging from showing people in bed and in their underwear to inappropriate comments made by patients and staff. It’s a little milder than similar types of dramas produced in the U.S., but will still be too intense for sensitive viewers.
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What's the story?
NURSES is a dramatic series that follows five young nurses working in a Toronto, Canada hospital. Grace Knight (Tiera Skovbye), Ashley Collins (Natasha Calis), Keon Colby (Jordan Johnson-Hinds), Nazneen Khan (Sandy Sidhu), and Wolf Burke (Donald MacLean, Jr.) all want to prove themselves while on the front lines of the their busy downtown hospital. Under the watchful eye of head nurse Sinead O’Rourke (Cathy White), they do what they can to help their patients, and to please doctors like the sharp Dr. Vanessa Banks (Nicola Correia-Damude) and the charming head of ER, Dr. Evan Wallace (Ryan-James Hatanaka). But the newbies are also facing their own personal struggles, and have to figure out how to help themselves while dedicating their careers to treating patients.
Is it any good?
This formulaic procedural offers all of the predictable hospital-related drama one comes to expect from these types of TV series. The nurses, each with their own individual backstories and conflicts, stumble through their first weeks as they work with patients, interact with doctors, and cope with the emotional ups and downs that come with the job.
While it's a bit gentler than most U.S. medical TV shows, there are still lots of harrowing and sad moments that will make sensitive viewers want to turn away. But it successfully highlights the fact that professional nurses, while on the front lines, barely get the recognition (and sometimes the respect) they deserve for the work that they do. If you like this sort of entertainment, Nurses won’t disappoint.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the appeal of medical dramas on TV. Why are they so popular? Do they offer an accurate representation of what working in a hospital or medical field is really like?
What kind of messages does Nurses send about the work nurses do every day on the job? How does their job compare with that of other health care providers, like doctors?
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