There are almost 3 million nurses in the U.S. Every last one of them works hard at work worth doing, but ICU nurses’ jobs are especially difficult. They’re entrusted with the protection of critically ill and injured patients who require around-the-clock care.
It’s not an easy gig. That means most nurses who work in the intensive care unit need to unwind when they get home from work. Critical care nurses need to shed those scrubs, pop open some wine, and tune into a medical drama in the evening.
Read on for a list of the top 5 best things on Netflix for an ICU nurse to tune into!
Top 5 Netflix Shows for ICU Nurses
This list will cover all the best Netflix hospital shows and Netflix medical dramas. It’ll also suggest a few addicting shows to get your mind off your industry. After a long, hard day at the hospital, sometimes that’s welcome!
Grey’s Anatomy is a classic hospital show. It’s loved by millions of Americans, whether they work in the medical field or not.
It’s won tons of awards, including an Emmy, a People’s Choice award, and a Grammy nomination. It’s consistently met with favor by critics. You can usually find Grey’s on many critics’ top-ten lists of the best television shows at the end of the year.
Grey’s Anatomy first premiered in 2005. It follows the professional and personal lives of a hospital staff in Seattle. It includes doctors, surgeons, physician’s assistants, and interns.
It’s currently in its fifteenth season. All fourteen prior seasons are ready to be binged on Netflix!
It’s particularly celebrated because of its color-blind cast. Many modern American television shows have been accused of whitewashing. This includes a failure to represent human diversity in a cast, including women and LGBT characters as well as racial groups.
Call the Midwife
Call the Midwife is the perfect solution for those who want to watch something generally related to the medical field, but not in the modern, relatable sense. If you get home from work and the last thing you want to see is another version of the same place you just left, Call the Midwife may be for you.
It’s a period drama set in the 1950s/1960s in East London. The show was created around Jennifer Worth’s memoirs. She worked within an Anglican nursing order in the community of St. John the Divine.
Although the show is based on Worth’s memoirs, it’s been expanded past them to create new material. It follows a group of midwives during a crucial time in world history. You get to see how they deal with the post-war baby boom, the threat of nuclear war, and the introduction of birth contraceptives.
The Night Shift
If you or someone close to you is a veteran, you’ll love The Night Shift. It follows a group of Emergency Room doctors in Texas who all work the high-stakes night shift together. Many of the doctors have connections to the U.S. military.
One doctor has to deal with PTSD while on the job. Many veterans can relate to his struggles adapting to post-war life while dealing with PTSD.
Another doctor used to be an army medic. He struggles to adapt his army medic skillset to a whole new set of challenges as an Emergency Room doctor.
Another doctor is actually still active as an army medic, but deals with a different set of challenges on the home front: his homosexuality. He won’t come out as homosexual due to his fear of being treated differently. This is an all-too-relatable concern for many Americans today.
Everyone loves harrowing tales about drugs. There’s just something about these stories that capture the American attention. For instance, 10.3 million people tuned into the series finale of Breaking Bad, a story about a man who starts cooking meth to pay for his hospital bills.
Nurse Jackie runs in the same vein. It’s a very different story, but still deals with themes of drug abuse.
Nurse Jackie follows the life of Jackie Peyton, a nurse at All Saint’s Hospital in New York City. Jackie is a great nurse, except for one thing: she’s addicted to drugs.
If you want to a drama/comedy that takes place in an alternate version of your own world, Nurse Jackie is your bet. She’ll keep you on the edge of your seat as you speculate how she’ll get herself out of this one.
Luckily, all seven seasons are on Netflix for you to enjoy. Pretty soon your TV will be hot from the binge-watch, and you’ll be laughing your way to work in the morning.
This show has nothing to do with the medical field, but it made the list because it’s so very addicting. It follows a group of teen socialites in New York City. They’re navigating the world of relationships, drugs, alcohol, school, parents, and everything else under the sun a teen deals with.
This is a great pick for those who get home from the hospital and don’t want to think about the hospital again until your next shift. Sometimes, you just need to check out of your own reality for a little while. Engrossing social drama shows like Gossip Girl can help.
This is partly due to the fact that we can’t all relate to the woes of the characters of this show. They’re members of the wealthy elite, which is always fascinating to lower and upper-middle-class Americans. It’s fun to immerse yourself in a new world in which you can’t identify yourself.
A Hard Day’s Work
Calling all ICU nurses getting off of work right now! Now you’ve read up on the list of must-sees for everyone in your profession.
Maybe you love watching dramatic (or relatable!) interpretations of your industry. Maybe you just want to relax to a show that has nothing to do with it. Either way, we’ve got your picks.
Grab some popcorn, pour a glass of wine, and get watching!
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