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The Greatest Nurses in TV History 

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Updated June 14, 2019 5.5k votes 571 voters 15.9k views 50 items

List Rules Vote up any memorable fictitious nurse from television past and present

The best fictional nurses in television. List includes television actors who have played nurse roles on TV. Nurses include actors and actresses from television shows including General Hospital, Doctor Who and Scrubs. Who are some of the most famous nurses in TV history?

This is a list of television nurses from modern and classic TV shows. Top TV nurses are found on this list. With nurses ranging from heroes to hunks, these nurses are some of the funniest and memorable TV characters in history. The greatest TV nurses are even more important than the doctors they help. Some television portrayals of nurses have even proved to be groundbreaking for the profession, including the portrayal of male nurses and the realities of the medical industry and working in a hospital. Who's your favorite fictional nurse character?

Some are fictitious evil nurses like Brenda Previn (played by Stephanie Venditto) while others are good nurses like Nurse Jackie, and some are just hot TV nurses like Peter Petrelli in Heroes. This list answers the question, "Who are the top TV nurses?" Use this list to find the most popular nurses on television.
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Margaret Houlihan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Nurses in TV History
Margaret Houlihan M*A*S*H
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Carol Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Nurses in TV History
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Carla Espinosa is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Nurses in TV History
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Kitty Forman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Nurses in TV History
Kitty Forman That '70s Show
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Abby Lockhart is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Nurses in TV History
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Rory Williams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Nurses in TV History
Doctor Who
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Dixie McCall is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Nurses in TV History
Emergency!
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Olivia Harper is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Nurses in TV History
Olivia Harper Grey's Anatomy
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Laverne Roberts is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Nurses in TV History
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Jack McFarland is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Nurses in TV History
Will & Grace
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Bobbie Spencer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Nurses in TV History
General Hospital
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Haleh Adams is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Nurses in TV History
pmmom38 added ER
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Jackie Peyton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Nurses in TV History
Nurse Jackie
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Samantha Taggart is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Nurses in TV History
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Peter Petrelli is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Nurses in TV History
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Ann Perkins is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Nurses in TV History
Parks and Recreation
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Nurse Colleen McMurphy ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Nurses in TV History
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Dell Parker is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Nurses in TV History
Dell Parker Private Practice
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Denise Sherwood is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Nurses in TV History
pmmom38 added Army Wives
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Christine Chapel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Nurses in TV History
Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Animated Series
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Linda Reagan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Nurses in TV History
Jim Marshall added Blue Bloods
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Terri Alden is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Nurses in TV History
pmmom38 added Three's Company
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Zoey Barkow is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Nurses in TV History
Oliver Earnshaw added Nurse Jackie
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Elizabeth Webber is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Nurses in TV History
General Hospital
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Brenda Previn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Nurses in TV History
Brenda Previn House