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 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.
- Parents say
- Kids say
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?
Our editors recommend
For kids who love reality shows
Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.
Streaming options powered by JustWatch