Sorry, not trying to be a thorn to AllNurses.Com ( cuz I really luv this site), but is anyone else kinda getting aggravated seeing the ad on here that invites you to take the quiz and see if you have what it takes to be a great nurse?
Why am I annoyed? Because here we are, on a pro nurse website, seeing ads that portray nurses as servants (as if we don't encounter this enough every time we work) instead of intelligent people with exceptional analytical skills, knowledge, and a vast skill set who can save people's lives. I realize that the nurse in the picture appears to be carrying medications on her serving tray (as if any of us use trays for our meds), but couldn't the advertisers have chosen to have a picture of a nurse analyzing a 12 lead, or auscultating a patient's breath sounds?
Hmm...I meant for this to be just a brief few comments and stop above, but now it has me wondering...what should the public image of nurse be in this day and age? I've seen TV hospital ads with the nurse compassionately touching a patient's shoulder and billboards with a nurse tenderly holding a baby and even billboards with nurses standing with doctors, inviting you to come and experience the awesome care of X facility. Come to think about it...I've seen a few times a general clip art image used where the nurse is smiling real big and once again, I think she is carrying what is a food tray because, if I remember correctly, the tray items have steam coming from them. In fact, the only way one could distinguish the woman in the image as a nurse instead of a waitress is her cute, little, outdated white nurse hat - what tha'??
So before I ramble on anymore, let me just ask you guys...how do you wish nurses were portrayed to the general public- that is, via media types as above? Or 'flash' images if you will, i.e. "What is the first thing you think of... or draw the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a nurse Mr./Ms. Layperson". I only make this distinction because we all know that portrayal of nurse roles in character development in films or TV shows is mostly jacked up. Since not everyone watches those shows or bothers to key in on the nurse component if they do, I'm talking about a more general picture of the nurse - the average of 3 y/os to 80 y/os, free of such "character" influences (if that made any sense at all).
Nursing Image: I highly recommend nurses get and read either of Suzanne Gordons books: Nursing Against the Odds:How health Care Cost Cutting, Media Stereotypes and Medical Hubris Undermine Nurses and Patient Care or Her new one (answer to the problem discussed in book 1): From Silence to Voice:What Nurses need to know and must communicate to the Public. Start a book group with your fellow workers.
Also, CODE GREEN: money driven hospials and the dismantling of Nursing. by Dana Wenberg is sililier but more narrowly focused.
We need to move ourselves along from noticing the jokes to constructively and collectively redefining our profession.
Last edit by RN130 on Jun 24, '07