Jacqueline Vance, RNC, CDONA/LTC

Have you seen that new commercial for insurance coverage protection from “Mayhem,” posing as a car thief?  

A poor guy is at a sporting event and gets notified that his car is being trashed and stolen. He’s so taken aback that all he can do is shriek “What?!” in disbelief, over and over, increasingly louder. 

It’s kind of like how a DON reacts when he or she gets a call at 6 a.m. on a Sunday that eight surveyors just walked into their building.  I’ve been there in my career, and I might have added a couple more words to “What?!” 

And have you seen the new “Flo” Progressive insurance commercial reminiscent of the movie “Children of the Corn”? Flo and her buddies emerge from the corn field with eerie smiles on their faces, thinking they are helping the customer. Instead, they are scaring the crap out of him. 

Kind of like when the surveyor who never says much but just gives you an unnerving smile. Scary, right?

Then what about that Allstate commercial where “Mr. Allstate” sits in a lounge chair in the middle of the street while cars do donuts around him.  

You’re not sure if you’re in control or about to get hit by a car. Sounds a lot like Day 3 of survey.

Then there’s the Farmers Insurance new three-ring circus commercial.

A guy gets hit from behind in a little fender bender. He thinks all he’s got is some spilled coffee and a scratch, and the next thing you know, clowns are everywhere. Then one who looks like he’s straight out of the movie “It” pops up from his back seat. Yep, you thought you were safe, with maybe a D tag. Then at the exit — Bam! — the scariest thing you can imagine pops up. 

They say life imitates art, but I say sometimes it imitates commercials. The problem is, we can’t just grab the remote and change the channel! Just saying.

… and just keeping it real,

Nurse Jackie

The Real Nurse Jackie is written by Jacqueline Vance, RNC, CDONA/LTC, Senior Director of Clinical Innovation and Education for Mission Health Communities, LLC and an APEX Award of Excellence winner for Blog Writing. Vance is a real-life long-term care nurse. A nationally respected nurse educator and past national LTC Nurse Administrator of the Year, she also is an accomplished stand-up comedienne. The opinions supplied here are her own and do not necessarily reflect those of her employer or her professional affiliates.