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I was disgusted and disappointed at the portrayal of...

July 31, 1988

I was disgusted and disappointed at the portrayal of registered nurses in NBC's airing of "Nightingales." I am deeply concerned that nursing was chosen as the "backdrop" for this movie when the nation is facing a critical shortage of registered nurses. Why would anyone think of nursing as a career choice after watching this program? Personally, I am very tired of the inaccurate portrayal of nurses by the media as a group of uneducated, emotionally unstable, sex-crazed women who follow physicians around like puppy dogs. I hope that if the writers, producers and cast of this program are ever in need of nursing care (and eventually they will), they will be fortunate to be able to expect so much more. If there are any of us left.

Kathy O'Brien, Long Beach

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