Monday’s Close To Home made the rounds at the Saratoga Hospital in New York as it was copied, faxed, e-mailed and posted through-out the hospital. It even caught the attention of the local media. The cartoon depicted a man being loaded into an ambulance and the EMT saying, “You’ve got two options, bud. Mercy Hospital is 20 minutes closer, but the nurses at Saratoga Hospital are really hot.”
Not everyone thinks the cartoon was funny or flattering. The Center for Nursing Advocacy went on record as saying that the cartoon treated nurses sex objects.
So what was John McPherson‘s intent for doing the cartoon?
McPherson said the cartoon was based on experience. A couple of years ago he went to Saratoga Hospital for kidney stones. He was treated a year later at the hospital for gallstones.
“I’m a single guy, and I figured if I put this plug in, I might actually be contacted by some of the hot nurses at Saratoga Hospital,” McPherson said. “So if they want to reach me, they can e-mail me through the cartoon, and I can take them out to dinner.”
Sexism, datelessness aside, the one thing I find interesting in the cartoon is that on the back of the ambulance the word “ambulance” is spelled backwards. I understand that’s done on the FRONT of an ambulance so that it reads correctly in the rear-view mirror of the car it’s behind, but perhaps not only are the nurses hot in Saratoga, but the ambulances often drive in reverse.