If you’re anything like me, then when you’re not working you’re probably watching Netflix or Hulu. Who doesn’t love TV? Plus, it’s a simple fact that working in healthcare can be a bit stressful, but I’ve found one of the best ways to unwind after a long day in the medical field is by kicking back and watching fictional healthcare professionals work their own long days in the medical field. Something about seeing them face and conquer the same work-related obstacles that I have to face and conquer every day just helps me keep my chin up, and although medical themed shows may not always be 100% realistic and/or authentic, they do have a penchant for showcasing some phenomenal fictional healthcare professionals. So much so, in fact, that I can’t help but dream of what it would be like to work alongside them on a daily basis.
The list of fantastically inspiring, fictional healthcare professionals that I wish I could work with is massive, but for the sake of brevity here are the top seven fictional healthcare professionals I think we all wish we could hire.
1. Mindy Lahiri, M.D. — “The Mindy Project”
Everything about Mindy Lahiri screams, “hire me!” She’s smart, confident, ambitious, and genuinely puts her patient’s first. Remember in season one when she skipped being on TV to sit with her overly-anxious patient in the hospital? Not every doctor would do that, but Mindy Lahiri isn’t like other doctors. Plus, her style is on point, and even though she’s a borderline workaholic, she knows how to make time for her friends and family too. I wish Dr. Lahiri worked at my clinic. Alas, she is fictional.
2. Miranda Bailey, M.D. — “Grey’s Anatomy”
Admittedly, Miranda Bailey is a bit rough around the edges, but that’s one of the things I find most hireable about her. She’s not afraid to speak her mind, she’s extremely good at her job and knows it, and she doesn’t feel the need to be liked by everyone. Her bedside manner is professional and compassionate, but she doesn’t sugar coat her patient’s diagnoses either. Her self-assuredness and dedication makes her a fantastic mentor and employee. Now, don’t you wish you could steal her away from Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital? I know I do.
3. Doug Ross, M.D. — “ER”
While he may have been a bit of a womanizer and fought some demons in his personal life (he was played by George Clooney after all), no one cared more about the kids than Dr. Ross. As the Pediatric Attending Physician at Cook County General Hospital in Chicago, Doug made kids feel safe and comfortable no matter what their illness or injury. He had a knack for talking to kids in ways they would understand and he calmly translated medical jargon to scared family and friends during emergency situations. There was no better advocate for children at County General and he’d make a great colleague. Any healthcare recruiter would hire him in a second.
4. Carla Espinosa, R.N. — “Scrubs”
I would roll out the red carpet to get Carla Espinosa to join my nursing staff. She’s kind but assertive, hardworking but balanced, and she’s bilingual. Any Doctor would be lucky to have her support, and any patient would be lucky to be assigned to her care. I’d hire her in a heartbeat.
5. Betsy Putch, Administrative Assistant — “The Mindy Project”
No clinic or hospital can run smoothly without good administrative assistants, and Betsy Putch is the best. She’s gently assertive, always upbeat, loves her job, and is consistently reliable both in attendance and in the quality of her work. Plus, she’s extremely patient and organized which is absolutely essential in any administrative assistant. I can’t think of a better person for the job. Too bad she’s only an administrative assistant on the small screen.
6. Anne Perkins, R.N. — “Parks and Recreation”
Not only do I wish I could work with Miss Perkins, I wish I could call her one of my friends. She’s hardworking, compassionate, smart, and sweet—but she’s also honest and tough too. Even when Anne and Andy’s mutual lack of accountability makes her miserable in the beginning of Parks and Recreation’s first season, she never lets it affect her work. When her and Leslie become close there’s nothing Anne won’t do for her friend, and Anne applies that kind of loyalty and dedication to everyone she’s around. Whether it’s her patients or her co-workers. If I worked with Anne I know it would not only make my day better, it would make our patient’s day better too.
7. Gaylord “Greg” Focker, R.N. — “Meet the Parents”
Gaylord “Greg” Focker would make an excellent addition to any hospital or clinic’s payroll. He genuinely loves his job, he’s good at it, and no matter how many sexist comments he faces for being a male in what has historically been a predominantly female occupation, he never makes makes excuses or apologies for his career choices. He’s proud to be an R.N. and he should be. Plus, despite his general awkwardness and unfortunate timing, he’s just a nice guy. I would be thrilled to work with someone as down to earth and kind as Greg Focker.
I wish these characters were real people, because I honestly want to work with all of them. I may not be the one who would get to hire them, but I can assure you that as a healthcare professional myself — I would love to be the one to recommend them and ultimately count them among my peers.
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