Oh Nurse! 5 Greatest Nurses on The Television Screen

August 23, 2015

You might think that being a nurse simply requires a degree but it is more than that. Academically speaking, some of these characters even have a Masters degree in Nursing. It is a profession which requires passion, patience and empathy. These are the people who help you onto your hospital bed and checks your vital signs. They are the people who hold your hand when the going gets tough.


Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) Doctor Who

Rory Williams

He may be known by the majority of Whovians as The Last Centurion but what many tend to forget is before he joined The Eleventh Doctor and Amy in the TARDIS, he was a nurse. Despite a change of profession from Nurse to Companion, he is still the professional as he still carries around some of his medical supplies in his pockets just in case someone gets hurt during one of their adventures. Along with his wife Amy Pond, he was sent back in time to the year 1946 by a Weeping Angel where we bet he is still using his nursing skills to the best extent.  

Carla Espinosa (Judy Reyes) Scrubs

Carla Espinosa

A tough nurse with a soft side. These are the words that perfectly describe Scrubs’ Carla Espinosa.  According to Judy Reyes, who portrays the character, she took inspiration from her sister who is a real life nurse. During the series, she develops a relationship with Christopher Turk and marries him in the show’s third season. She is known to have a strong mind and will. Proof of this is her being one of the very few people who dares stand up against the intimidating Doctor Cox. By doing so, she has earned his strong respect. She is the only person in the whole hospital whose opinion he actually considers. Carla Espinosa puts family first before her nursing duties which is evident by her absence in the show’s ninth and final season, where she has quit nursing and is now a full time mother to her and Turk’s two daughters.

Jackie Peyton (Edie Falco) Nurse Jackie

edie falco

Nurses often say that Jackie Peyton is the closest you will get to the real thing in the real world– without the vicodin, of course. One may even go as so far as to call her the nurse version of House, the lead character from House M.D. As a trauma nurse in All Saints’ Hospital, NYC, she seeks for new ways to be able to help out her patients as quickly and efficiently as possible. She seeks balance between her personal and professional life and the only way she thinks she can achieve this is by popping a few pills.

Carol Hathaway- (Julianna Marguiles) ER

Carol Hathaway

In order to excel even further in her career as a nurse, Carol Hathaway studied hard and gained her Master’s degree. She originally intended to go back to school to become a doctor but decided to go for the Master’s degree as she saw her profession’s worth. She is the nurse manager of Chicago’s County Hospital. It was her character that gave the audience a peak on the reality of a nursing career as she faced different, actual issues such as insurance policies. In the first season, Carol was supposed to be killed off but due to the audience’s response, was kept until Season 8.

Major Margaret J “Hot Lips” Houlihan (Loretta Swift) M*A*S*H

Major Margaret

She may be blonde but she sure ain’t dumb. Major Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan is one tough chick as she deals and treats the men she is stationed with during the Korean War. Initially a stickler for the rules, she learns to ignore some of said rules and may have even bent a few herself. She is an experience surgical nurse and these skills were very much in need in the midst of an ongoing war. Despite her toughness, she really cares for the people around her and is not afraid to speak her mind wherever she is.


The next time you open your computer, why not watch an episode or two of these show? We bet you will agree with us for including these five in our list.