Nurses

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Medical procedural has strong language, bloody injuries.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 3 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

A nurse's job is hard and often under-appreciated. Working in a hospital requires teamwork. 

Positive Role Models

The new nurses are eager to help, but often try too hard and make novice mistakes. Doctors and others with experience sometimes make fun of them. Doctors and nurses are both male and female, and from all walks of life. They all struggle with their own demons. 

Violence

There’s occasional yelling, often during a medical crisis. Violent events are described, and details are offered about the injuries patients have sustained. People sometimes collapse; occasionally they die. Bloody wounds, including severed limbs, are visible, too. 

Sex

There’s some occasional innuendo, ranging from showing people in bed and in their underwear, to inappropriate comments made by patients and staff. 

Language

Words like "ass," "bitch," "damn," and "hell" are often used. 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drugs are administered as part of patient treatment. There are references to drinking, and some subtle comments about alcoholism and addiction. 

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. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byKittyCatLover123 February 13, 2021

Good, CSM forgot somethings though.

This is an amazing hospital/medical show. But, here are things to look out for.

Violence: Bloody injuries shown, everything you would expect for a medical show... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byJuliz2007 January 28, 2021

Good, for mature teens

I think it is a good show for anyone who like medical drama's and is mature enough to handle sex, same sex kissing, drinking, and swearing on tv. Definiet... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byTeen15YearsOld January 20, 2021

Good, CSM forgot somethings though.

It is a good show, there is a few things though that CSM forgot though, same-sex kissing, mature themes, kissing in general, and people drink in bars sometim... Continue reading

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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