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10 Awesome TV Nurses

Hamsa Ramesha | NursingLink

August 02, 2010

Nurse Rose (Lauren Stamile)
Nurse Olivia Harper (Sarah Utterback)
Grey’s Anatomy

Grey’s Anatomy mostly concerns the lives of Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) and her fellow doctors; nurses were left to the sidelines until we met Olivia and Rose. Unfortunately, neither character has a positive story: Olivia earns the title of “Syph Nurse,” after an outbreak of syphilis is discovered at Seattle Grace Hospital. Her character leaves the show after being fired during the Seattle Grace – Mercy West merger.

Nurse Rose has a lengthier storyline, after catching the eye of Dr. Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) during a surgery after his breakup with Meredith. “McRebound” Rose has a brief relationship with “McDreamy” before Derek breaks up with her to return to Meredith. Reacting badly to the breakup, Rose accidently cuts Derek’s hand during a surgery and transfers to another department after apologizing. Drama!

Dell Parker (Chris Lowell)
Private Practice

The character of William “Dell” Parker isn’t just any male nurse. He’s a receptionist at Oceanside Wellness Group, training to be a midwife. That’s right. A midwife. And yes, he wears pink scrubs. Dell is a compassionate nurse, often empathizing with patients. Because of his interest in midwifery, (and the pink scrubs), Dell is often teased by his coworkers, and ends up leaving Oceanside to work for St. Ambrose Hospital. He returns after his list of demands is met, and his coworkers respect him for who he is, and his skills as a nurse. Unfortunately (spoiler alert!) Dell dies at the end of Season 3 from a brain hemorrhage after a car crash.

Whether it’s scandalous affairs between doctors and nurses, unraveling medical mysteries, or witnessing heartbreaking tragedies, medical dramas are always TV gold. Hollywood may glam up life as a health care professional, but they do get one thing right: Nursing is a career of care.

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