Scrubbing In

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Nurses fight, curse, booze after-hours in reality series.

Parents say

age 18+
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Kids say

age 18+
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Positive Messages

The series shows how stressful nursing is, but the real focus is on how nurses de-stress after-hours, which includes lots of partying and arguing.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The nurses take their jobs seriously but like to have fun and get wild when not on duty. Most of the men and women featured are super fit, made-up, and/or more beautiful than the average person.


Contains lots of arguing; a few nurses threaten to slap each other. Patients suffer from seizures and other illnesses; IVs and other injections are shown being administered. One man discusses the death of his brother due to injury.


Strong sexual innuendo as well as references to fake breasts and sex toys. Women are shown in bikinis and getting undressed; men are shown shirtless. Nudity is blurred. Folks are shown dancing provocatively at clubs. Relationships are discussed.


Words like "piss" and "bitch" audible; curses like "s--t" and "f--k" bleeped.


Visible logos include Apple, Yves Saint Laurent, and Honda CRVs; Southwest Airlines jets and Hummers are also shown, but the logos aren't.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

When the nurses are not on duty, drinking (cocktails, beer, wine) is frequent and often excessive. Some of the nurses discuss being arrested for DUIs and the consequences of their actions.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Scrubbing In features travel nurses on assignment in a Southern California hospital. Brief hospital scenes show patients having seizures or being close to death, but the show's real focus is on the nurses' after-hour activities, which include lots of partying, excessive drinking, cursing, and catty arguing. There's a lot of skimpy clothes, undressing (nudity is blurred), and sexual innuendo.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byredsawxrn October 30, 2013

Inappropriate for kids under 18

Not appropriate for anyone under 18 in my opinion. It shows nurses working but it doesn't emphasize how hard they work for 12 hours. It shows how hard they... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bytvlover97 October 27, 2013

load of crap

ok so my girlfriend made me watch this with her, because she likes MTV. after seeing the commercial for this, I didn't think it would be good, BUT IT WAS T... Continue reading

What's the story?

SCRUBBING IN is a reality series featuring a group of registered nurses taking a short-term travel assignment to work at a Southern California hospital. Registered nurses Heather Ambrose, Michelle Battisti, Chelsey Ferri, Nikki Cirrincione, and Crystal Burrell travel from Pittsburg to work at Western Medical Center in the California city of Santa Ana. Joining the group are travel nurses Fernando Rodriguez, Chris Meyers, and Tyrice Munson. Rounding out the gang is Adrian Martin, a rookie nurse and SoCal native who took an interest in the profession after the death of his brother. It's a stressful job, but when they're not in scrubs and working with patients, they like to party hard.

Is it any good?

Scrubbing In looks at the difficult and stressful world of traveling nurses, who are called on to work at different hospitals across the country and who work hard to help patients while coping with endlessly stressful circumstances. But the significance of their work is overshadowed by the regular drinking, flirting, partying, and arguing featured here. Meanwhile, much of their focus seems to be more on being in California for a vacation-like experience rather than on actually making a contribution to the hospital that has brought them in.

Scrubbing In may be voyeuristically entertaining to some, but others may find themselves a bit disturbed about seeing people who are supposed to be trained in helping the sick and injured acting so wild and, in some cases, engaging in self-destructive behaviors, even if it is on their own time. Ultimately, this show is a missed opportunity to underscore the service that nurses perform every day and to highlight how young professionals are still choosing careers that make a significant difference in people's lives.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the way nurses and the nursing profession are being featured here. How real is their behavior? Do you think they act as wild or dramatic when they're not on camera? Why do you think this show's focus is more on what they do when they're not working instead of showing what their jobs are really like?

  • What do these nurses stand to gain or lose by appearing on this show?

  • What are some of the challenges that come with being a nurse? What training does a nurse have to have to be able to practice? What kinds of things are nurses responsible for in a hospital? Could a hospital function without their help?

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