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I have compiled 6 awesome nurse TV shows and movies to celebrate National Nurses Day. During this COVID-19 outbreak, we have seen more and more how much nurses and physicians are doing for their communities and we owe them a debt of gratitude.
Ways to Thank Our Nurses
- Instagram posts with cardboard signs
- Mail them (care of the local hospitals) handmade cards
- Order take out food for the nurses at your local hospital.
Quotes Celebrating Nurses
“When someone is going through a storm, your silent presence is more powerful than a million empty words.”
“Nurse: just another word to describe a person strong enough to tolerate anything and soft enough to understand anyone.”
Nurse TV Shows and Movies
Army Wives (TV-PG)
Denise Sherwood (Catherine Bell) is a great example of a woman who put her career on hold to raise a family and goes back to get certified as a nurse in Season 2.
As of 6 May 2020, the show is available with iMDbTV.
Trivia. The amputee patient’s name is MAC which was Catherine Bell’s character in JAG.
Band of Brothers (TV-MA for violence, language, and sexuality)
In the episode “Bastogne”, T-4 Eugene Roe meets and befriends Renée Lemaire (Lucie Jeanne), a Belgian nurse who volunteered at the local aid station where she helped tend to over 150 seriously wounded patients per day without adequate rest or food.
Trivia. According to Don Addor‘s Noville Outpost of Bastogne – My Last Battle, Lemaire’s “very presence among those wounded men seem to be an inspiration to those whose morale had declined from prolonged suffering”.
Call the Midwives (TV-PG)
This well-loved nurse tv show pays homage to the NHS while following the nurses, midwives, and nuns from Nonnatus House.
Trivia. It takes approximately 7 hours to film every birth and real infants can only film for 15 minutes at a time so the team has worked with thousands of children.
The English Patient (R for sex scenes, violence, and language)
Juliette Binoche earned a Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Hana, a Canadian nurse who cared for Ralph Fiennes‘ injured soldier during World War II.
Trivia. Ralph Fiennes’ burn make-up took five hours to apply every day.
Miracles from Heaven (PG)
While not about any specific nurse, this movie starring Jennifer Garner (based on a true story) is a great testimony to the medical profession in general, especially those at Boston Children Hospital.
Trivia. Dr. Nurko is a real physician at Boston Children Hospital who eases his patients’ treatment by playing games with them
Pearl Harbor (PG-13 for sexuality, violence, and language)
Kate Beckinsale and Jennifer Garner are nurses at Pearl Harbor who demonstrate strength in the middle of the chaos of the Attack on Pearl Harbor.
Trivia. The Hosptial was never bombed by the Japanese. They were under direct instructions not to attack civilians. Michael Bay added the scene to make the attack even more barbaric.
Enjoy and be sure to thank your nurse the next time you see her or him!
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Who is a nurse who has impressed upon you the most with her or his faithfulness and over-the-top acts of compassion and care?
These are some great movies to watch. Looking forward to watch all of these.
Those are some wonderful selection of movies you got there. I’ll definitely check them out sometime.
Love this list, The English Patient is on my watch list for next week, it’s been a few years since I last watched it.
My mom love love loves Call the Midwife
Great list! I would like to watch Call the Midwives. Looks like a good film!
fantastic list. nurses and health care workers are amazing and are what make this country going. it’s hard work that a lot of people don’t realize.
Thank goodness for nurses. We’d be lost without them! And they’ve been doing so much since this pandemic started. Angels on earth. <3 Thank you for sharing!
The list looks great. I will surely watch few of these movies during the upcoming weekend.
Band of brothers was such a great series. I think that the nurse today facing coronavirus is similar to the one fixing up soldiers on the battlefield…
Salute to all doctors and nurses and all the hospital staff who are working day and night risking their lives just to protect us and save us we all should cooperate with them by staying at home and stay safe.
I haven’t heard of this day before. Thanks for letting us know. In this pandemic, they are risking their own lives to save ours. So, I should watch at least some of the shows here.
I think it is great to celebrate National nurses day…as our nhs is so overstretched
Both nurses and physicians are clearly heroes, and have been for years. To bad it took a phandemic for people to realise that!
I have a couple of these on my watch list! I can’t wait to watch them all!
These are all fantastic movies, and they really do showcase what nurses do for patients. I think everyone should realize by now that nurses are superheroes.
I didn’t know it was National Nurse Day I feel so bad about it they are so essential to our Medical help but I’m happy that you have this movie list so we can watch it