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10 Awesome TV Nurses

Hamsa Ramesha | NursingLink

August 02, 2010

Peter Petrelli (Milo Ventimiglia)

One of the few male nurses in television, Peter Petrelli was a hospice nurse in NYC by day, and a superhero with the power to mimic other superheroes’ powers by night. While his day job mattered little on the show, it was still a nice metaphorical tribute to the real, everyday heroes: Nurses.

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Carla Espinosa-Turk (Judy Reyes)

As the head nurse at Sacred Heart Hospital, Carla is the stereotypical dramatic, female busybody always poking her nose in the lives of her friends and family. She doesn’t just boss around her nursing staff, but the doctors and friends too, and unfortunately, her unwanted advice is almost always right. Carla isn’t afraid to stick up for her fellow nurses and often stands up to Dr. Perry Cox (John C. McGinley) who is hopelessly in love with her despite her marriage to Dr. Christopher Turk (Donald Faison).

Veronica Callahan (Taylor Schilling)
Sonia Jimenez (Jaime Lee Kirchner)
Chloe Payne (Michelle Trachtenberg)

Although Mercy only lasted for a single season in 2009, this rare, nursing-centric show had its bright moments. The show followed the lives of three nurses: Veronica Callahan, a nurse who’s also an Iraq war veteran, Sonia Jimenez, her best friend, and Chloe Payne, a new nursing grad.

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