NURSE JACKIE: THE COMPARTMENTALIZATION OF
MIDDLE ADULTHOOD
Katie Thevenow
14.1 Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton in Nurse Jackie, “Sweet-N-All”
The Showtime series Nurse Jackie (2009-2015) centers on
ER nurse Jackie Peyton (Edie Falco), who leads the nursing staff
at All Saints Hospital in New York City. Jackie is a skilled nurse
who goes out of her way to care for patients, but no one in the ER
or in her personal life realizes that she accomplishes all of this with
help from a secret drug addiction. Jackie’s ambivalence about life,
often expressed as behaviors and emotional detachment from the
feelings of others, is demonstrated repeatedly over the run of the
series as she does whatever it takes to manage the outcomes she
wants with regard to her family relationships, work obligations, and
(at times) elements in her personal life. Aside from having a
penchant for Vicodin, Jackie also displays a fondness for
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