from medscape nurses
eletters: corresponding with nurses
nurses and the media: the center for nursing advocacy
richard s. ferri, phd, anp, acrn, faan
as anyone in the nursing profession knows, the portrayal of nurses in the media is often inaccurate and sometimes downright sexist and insulting. in this eletter, we meet a nurse who is trying to do something about changing those stereotypes. sandy summers, rn, msn, mph,...she and other colleagues became interested in how the media portrays nursing to the public and its impact on nurses everywhere...here is sandy's story.
...question: how and when did the center for nursing advocacy begin? why do you believe it was necessary for the center to be established?
response:...the group identified the poor public understanding of nursing as a contributing factor in the continual nursing shortage. with budget cuts and short staffing, it appeared to us that nurses were being cut out of the healthcare system. we turned our group into a permanent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2002...
...one of the most harmful media portrayals of nursing is the invisible nurse -- where important nursing work is not mentioned, or credit for it is given to physician characters. one way we can resolve this is by educating the media as to the role nurses really play. in our recent 2005 today show campaign, more than 3500 nurses and supporters wrote to nbc to object to a piece on quick clinics that suggested nurse practitioners were subcompetent, despite all the research showing that the care provided by nurse practitioners is at least as good as that provided by physicians....
...television has generally been horrific for nurses, with the exception of a few documentaries and news segments. entertainment television, which is very influential, has been a disaster for nursing for over a decade. if you look at our tv reviews page, no show rates higher than 1 1/2 stars (fairly poor).
readers can get involved by visiting the center's web site at http://www.nursingadvocacy.org
and learning about media images of nurses... some of the hundreds of reports and analyses on our site may seem provocative.
edited from: medscape nurses. 2006;8(1) ©2006 medscape
Mar 25, '06
by NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN
Don't forget Golden Books "Nurse Nancy"
Now comes with free Bandaid bandage!
Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Mar 25, '06