Grey’s Anatomy Checklist for Monitoring Media Images of Nurses and Nursing. Are nurse characters seen in leading or supportive roles? Are nurse characters shown taking an active part in the proceedings, or are they shown primarily in the background (e.g., handing instruments, carrying trays, pushing wheelchairs)?
Nurse Character Name: ______________________________
Prominence in the Plot (20 points)
Are nurse characters seen in leading or supportive roles?
Are nurse characters shown taking an active part in the proceedings, or are they shown primarily in the background (e.g., handing instruments, carrying trays, pushing wheelchairs)?
To what extent are nurse characters shown in professional roles, engaged in nursing practice?
Do nurse characters or other characters provide the actual nursing care?
In scenes with nonnursing professionals (e.g., physicians, hospital administrators), who does most of the talking?
Demographics (10 points)
Does the portrayal show that men, as well as women, may aspire to a career in nursing?
Are nurse characters shown to be of varying ages?
Are some nurse characters single and others married?
Personality Traits (10 points)
Are nurse characters portrayed as:
If other health care providers are included in the program, what differences are seen in their personality traits as compared with nurse characters?
When nurse characters exhibit personality traits A through H listed above, do such portrayals show them to be abnormal in some way?
Primary Values (10 points)
Do nurse characters exhibit values for:
Service to others, humanism
If other health care providers are included in the program, what differences are seen in their primary values as compared with nurse characters?
When nurse characters exhibit the primary values of scholarship and achievement, do such portrayals show them to be abnormal in some way?
Sex Objects (5 points)
Are nurse characters portrayed as sex objects?
Are nurse characters referred to in sexually demeaning terms?
Are nurse characters presented as appealing because of their physical attractiveness or “cuteness” as opposed to their intellectual capacity, professional commitment, or skill?
Role of the Nurse (5 points)
Is the profession of nursing shown to be an attractive and fulfilling long-term career?
Is the work of the nurse characters shown to be creative and exciting?
Career Orientation (5 points)
How important is the career of nursing to the nurse character portrayed?
How does this compare with other professionals depicted in the program?
Professional Competence (15 points)
Do nurse characters exhibit autonomous judgment in professional matters?
Is there a gratuitous message that a nurse’s role in health care is a supportive rather than central one?
Do nurse characters positively influence patient/family welfare?
Are nurse characters shown harming or acting to the detriment of patients?
How does the professional competence of nurse characters compare with the professional competence of other health care providers?
When nurse characters exhibit professional competence, are they shown to be abnormal in some way?
Education (10 points)
Who actually teaches the nursing students?
Who appears to be in charge of nursing education?
Is there evidence that the practice of nursing requires special knowledge and skills?
What is actually taught to nursing students?
Administration (10 points)
Are any roles filled by nurse administrators or managers, or are all nurses characters shown as staff nurses or students?
Is there evidence of an administrative hierarchy in nursing, or are nurses shown answering to physicians or hospital administrators?
Are nurse characters shown turning to other nurses for assistance, or are they depicted as relying on a physician or other character (generally male) for guidance, strength, or rescuing?
Overall, is this a positive or negative portrayal of nursing? Why or why not?
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