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Did anyone watch the premier of Nurses on Global TV in Canada last night? 

While it wasn’t great I thought I was OK. I thought the way they dealt with Grace learning that the patient she was caring for and comforting was the perpetrator of the car attack was good.

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I watched it and it held my interest .. I hope they really delve into all the issues that are going on in nursing and not into another medical soap

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Watched it last night. Thought it was good for a start.  Love to see the development of background character stories especially why Naz is being called princess.

Thought Wolf would crack a Sinead O'Connor joke when he found out head nurse's name.

Grace calling her "boyfriend" at the end and it turns out that its Sav from Degrassi (!!!!)  and he's getting married so Grace is the other gal.

Yep I will be watching.

 

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I did watch on Monday and I enjoyed it. It's a show that's really right up my alley, and I'm always a sucker for Canadian medical shows. 

It'll be fun to watch. I'm not looking for anything too serious anyway, so it looks like this show is going to be entertaining enough.

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Anyone catch last night episode?  I was expecting Grace got fired because of the Doctor she is seeing, not what actually happened.  But I am glad it shut up the other nurse who was being all mean girl to her.

The girl with CF and her smoking really pissed me off.   I can understand her anger but smoking to kill her lungs sooner was overly selfish.

Didn't much care for Naz's storyline. If the case was that she was very wealthy, I want to know why she didn't become a doctor instead of a nurse?

I did like the ex football player's background story.  

 

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Well, I guess I should be glad that Wolf isn't a drug addict, like so many other shows go for. I guess him having leukemia is a decent enough twist on an old trope. But yeah, smoking CF girl was annoying me to no end. Girl, get off the smokes! 

Naz's reveal was really weird. So, she never learned how to make a bed, she pawned off those responsibilities to others in school and...ok? I can't say that I cared for it.

Other main chick who's not Naz or Grace is awful. I really don't care about her; I don't even remember her name! And she's dating Wolf, right? It's hard to really tell because most of the time, they don't seem like a couple. 

Grace's reveal was...alright. I'm not a huge fan of Grace because she's clearly the lead and has a very distinct storyline. I was fully expecting some other reveal in how she was trying to be a doctor first and then had to go into nursing after the incident in the OR. She just seemed to be acting like a doctor a lot of the time. 

Keon's story was alright. But is he really on his way to hook up with Maryse from Shadowhunters? Similarly to Grace hooking up with the doctor dude. I figure once two characters get stuck on the same rotation with the exact same doctors that it's likely a hook-up/relationship set-up. With both of them working with the same doctors two episodes in a row now, it's also just very obvious what they're going to do.

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15 hours ago, Lady Calypso said:

Naz's reveal was really weird. So, she never learned how to make a bed, she pawned off those responsibilities to others in school and...ok? I can't say that I cared for it.

Yeah, half the kids going off to college/university these days don't know how to make beds! Hell, even nurses need to learn hospital corners; it's not like they're born with the innate ability. 

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On 1/15/2020 at 12:34 AM, auchic said:

Hell, even nurses need to learn hospital corners; it's not like they're born with the innate ability. 

Also nurses aren't usually making beds anymore.  If the show wants to be current they need to make sure they emphasize that nowadays there are usually very clearly defined duties that registered nurses do as opposed to practical nurses and nursing assistants (who have different titles depending on province and/or hospital).

 

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Caught epsiode 3 after I watched The Good Doctor. So my Monday nights are now medical overload!

P.S. - I did not learn these people's character names. I had to IMDB them.

Colour me surprised that Ashley (snakry mean nurse) isn't Wolf's gf but just his roommate and a former Christian because she turned gay and doesn't pray anymore?!?!  WTH!?!?  I can see her becoming an alcoholic. She cannot take the stress of the job.

Nazneen's mom was a Bollywood star and she was a bollywood star as well? I'm guessing they are going with a similar storyline as Keon.  I'm guessing something happened on set with her brother which she then wanted to pursue nursing.

The merge with all 3 hospitals and bringing in Dr. Douche to terrorize Grace is going to push her over the edge. 

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1 minute ago, greekmom said:

Colour me surprised that Ashley (snakry mean nurse) isn't Wolf's gf but just his roommate and a former Christian because she turned gay and doesn't pray anymore?!?!  WTH!?!?  I can see her becoming an alcoholic. She cannot take the stress of the job.

Yeah, I had thought Ashley was Wolf's gf because I thought I remembered her first scene being in Wolf's bed? Or maybe they were just roommates and not sleeping in the same bed. 

As for her storyline...alrighty, then. It doesn't excuse her shitty personality for the first two episodes. I felt a bit bad for her losing her first patient, but...not so sure I'm all thrilled about her storyline with her new girlfriend. But we'll see, I guess. The series is still very early on so there's room for her to grow.

Meanwhile, Grace is a shitty human being with sleeping with a taken man and not caring about it. But with Dr. Sexual Harasser seeming to come into the fold soon, I guess we'll see how that plays out.

Naz's storyline, once again, just made me go "ok, and?" I need to see a bit more. I did like her scene with her mother. That could interest me more.

Not a whole lot of Wolf or Keon this time around.

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I’d like to see more of Naz’s Story. What drew her to nursing?

I’d like to know what hospital has councillors for their staff available 24/7 for their staff to talk to after being hit by a patient!

 

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On 1/21/2020 at 12:30 PM, Lady Calypso said:

Meanwhile, Grace is a shitty human being with sleeping with a taken man and not caring about it. But with Dr. Sexual Harasser seeming to come into the fold soon, I guess we'll see how that plays out.

If I had to put a wager on storylines I am hedging that Grace met Lawyer before he got engaged and he had to get engaged to said girl due to cultural issues. 

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On 1/17/2020 at 8:44 AM, PennyPlain said:

If the show wants to be current they need to make sure they emphasize that nowadays there are usually very clearly defined duties that registered nurses do as opposed to practical nurses and nursing assistants (who have different titles depending on province and/or hospital).

Good point. Do we know if they are RNs or LPNs (or I guess RPN, since the show is set in Toronto)? 

I really liked the last episode. It was great learning more about Naz. She's trying so hard to be enthusiastic about everything; is that due to growing up as a celebrity's kid? 

It's too bad they made Ashley so unlikable in the first couple episodes, because her plotline could be a good one. But I just don't care about her.

Not enough of the guys. And damn Grace, you're just barely holding on, aren't ya?

Ashley's patient who died was played by Sheila McCarthy, who has been in a million things, and the throat doctor was played by Zachary Bennett, who played Felix on Road to Avonlea

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Okay. This show is set in Canada. I would think that a hospital employee would have a drug plan.  And sure it’s not perfect but buying street level drugs for his illness?  Please explain what I’ve missed out regarding this.

And the hazing crap by the senior nurse - give me a break. Nurses I know in hospitals have some fun but is this juvenile nonsense for real?

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6 hours ago, kb3 said:

This show is set in Canada. I would think that a hospital employee would have a drug plan. And sure it’s not perfect but buying street level drugs for his illness?

Maybe there's a probation period? Or it's not 100% coverage? It's still absolutely stupid, but if it's just a one-time emergency thing, that might make it a little less stupid?

Ashley is growing on me.

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On 2/4/2020 at 8:38 PM, kb3 said:

Okay. This show is set in Canada. I would think that a hospital employee would have a drug plan.  And sure it’s not perfect but buying street level drugs for his illness?  Please explain what I’ve missed out regarding this.

And the hazing crap by the senior nurse - give me a break. Nurses I know in hospitals have some fun but is this juvenile nonsense for real?

Only full time employees would get a drug plan. And benefits may not kick in until after the probationary period which is about 6 months if I remember correctly.

I have been nursing for over 30 years and have never seen hazing done. But maybe I am just naive.

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On 2/5/2020 at 9:48 PM, Pepper the Cat said:

Only full time employees would get a drug plan. And benefits may not kick in until after the probationary period which is about 6 months if I remember correctly.

That sounds about right. Either way, at least this plot is...interesting, in a way. And since Wolf was picking up so many additional shifts, it makes sense that he probably wouldn't have the luxury of the benefits yet. Plus, it's possible that the drugs that Wolf has to take aren't fully covered, even if he DID have full benefits. I don't mind it yet. It's at least a twist on the same old boring tropes that shows like to pull. But since Wolf hasn't done anything illegal (yet?), I'll give him the benefit of the doubt. 

It does add an interesting dilemma: Wolf needs these drugs but can't afford them anymore. So how far is he willing to go to get them? 

I just caught up with the last episode. Now, I like that Grace stepped in to protect Naz but wouldn't it be better if she just told Naz about what Dr. Hamilton did to her? That would probably cause less drama that will come once Naz starts getting pissed off at Grace overstepping, all because she wouldn't understand otherwise. It worked out for now, but Grace is really better off letting Naz know, just like how Ashley knows. 

Ashley's gotten better. I still don't know why they had her so unlikeable for the first two episodes. She's a lot better now.

Keon's great, but I still don't know about his relationship with Dr. Maryse from Shadowhunters. 

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I was pleasantly surprised by this show. I thought that all the exciting stuff was with doctors because on other shows they do all the big decisions but this show manages to make what the nurses do interesting.

I have never heard of nurses hazing in any of the hospitals I've worked in. I'm guessing from the imdb comments that the show is unrealistic but it's low key enough that it's not outrageous as it is on a show like Chicago Med, New Amsterdam or Grey's Anatomy.

The showrunner is Adam Pettle whose previous shows include King, Saving Hope, The Detail and Burden of Proof. The only one of those shows I really liked but it's fairly good credentials.

In the last episode, I liked Keon's story. Okay, I like Keon. I don't know what Grace was thinking to put herself in the surgery. If she does tell her therapist (which she should have weeks ago), she will be less believable now.

I don't know why Wolf isn't on the Trillium Drug Plan for low income people unless it's one of the things the current government has eliminated.

The psychological tests for work should have been given by someone in HR, not the therapist.

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And...Wolf is going through with being a drug dealer for shady janitor dude. I mean....they presented a good enough reason for Wolf to be desperate enough to go through with it. It's still wrong, but I empathize with him completely. How he was taking so many shifts just to get paid enough, but made a mistake that almost killed a patient and that's what led him to finally go through with it? Yes, it's wrong for him to do it and he'll have to pay for the consequences of his actions if and when he gets caught, but...he's in between a rock and a hard place (assuming he's tried everything before resorting to this). 

I just like that it's a twist on typical tropes. It puts Wolf in a grey area. 

I did like Damien's friend, though. I can't blame Damien for yelling at Wolf, either.

Grace is a lot more likeable when not interacting with any of her love interests or sexual harasser. She did well with the two girls. But yeah, she finally dumped her secret boyfriend because he was being a jackass about Hamilton. Unfortunately, I still don't feel a whole lot of sympathy since she was still actively in a relationship with a taken man, but I guess we don't know WHAT his relationship is with his fiancee....but nah, still wrong. Hopefully that's the end of that (even though I do like the actor playing Grace's now ex boyfriend).

Keon and Dr. Maryse (I genuinely don't know the character's actual name so oops) is going to piss me right off, I know it. You just know that they're NOT going to keep it professional and they'll get caught by somebody. 

Ashley is so great now. 

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I agree. I actually like Ashley right now that she took the stick out from up her ass.

Wolf situation I am super confused. It should have taken Wolf to be a nurse 3-4 years I would think.  Wasn't he struggling then to make money to pay for school (what would not have been covered by OSAP)  living and his drugs? I mean at best he would have had 1 part time job during the year and probably a full time job in the summer months. He's making a half decent income. Plus many places your benefits immediately kick in instead of waiting a probationary period. Even if he had to wait, there are ways in Ontario to get drugs if you are struggling such as the Ontario Public drug program.  The nurse that offered her shifts with half the pay was a mean bitch. You either give up your shift and go home or you do your shift and work. 

I liked Grace trying to feel the option of saying something. I do feel bad for her but I hope she is able to save Naz from the humiliation from the douchey doctor.

Keenan and the doctor i can either give or take. 

 

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1 minute ago, greekmom said:

Wolf situation I am super confused. It should have taken Wolf to be a nurse 3-4 years I would think.  Wasn't he struggling then to make money to pay for school (what would not have been covered by OSAP)  living and his drugs? I mean at best he would have had 1 part time job during the year and probably a full time job in the summer months. He's making a half decent income. Plus many places your benefits immediately kick in instead of waiting a probationary period. Even if he had to wait, there are ways in Ontario to get drugs if you are struggling such as the Ontario Public drug program.  The nurse that offered her shifts with half the pay was a mean bitch. You either give up your shift and go home or you do your shift and work. 

Well, Wolf said that he had gotten his medication from a private company, I think? I guess he found a way to purchase cheaper drugs but then they just shut down, so he's back to paying full price, whatever it is. We also don't know how many people, besides Ashley, know about his health situation and what he's been taking. Obviously Ashley knows since they're roommates and she's had conversations about his meds, but who else would know? Would Damien or Sinead know? They probably should, but at least then they could possibly recommend some alternative options for Wolf. 

Keon also made a comment a couple of episodes ago about Wolf's dad. I think he was implying that Wolf's family has money? Maybe upper middle class or could be just plain rich? If I'm remembering that scene correctly. 

Either way, I chalk all of this up to TV drama anyway; it's not supposed to make total sense. But, for a drug dealer storyline, at least it's better than a lot of shows using the trope. Again, I'd rather this then have Wolf be an outright drug addict. 

I forgot to comment on Naz's storyline with the brothers. I'm happy that we're getting little pieces of information on Naz and her family. Learning that she had a twin brother who, I guess, died in a car accident was helpful to continue to understand Naz as a character. She's becoming more fleshed out than someone like Grace (who, surprisingly, doesn't have a whole lot of development besides the sexual assault storyline). But I really like it, as I'm growing to really like Naz. 

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