how do we improve the image of nurses - page 4

i am just curious on how do we improve the images of nurses, i know some people see us as non skilled general laborers, doctors handmaids, as well as many other misconceptions i have noticed over the... Read More

  1. by   NICU_Nurse
    [QUOTE]Originally posted by semstr
    [B]I agree with Don and Shay for starters. (Although I love my Tshirt: "I am a nurse, not an angel". Featuring an angel with a pint an a cig in her hand)

    Amen to that!
    I am only 25, and most of the stuff I've found is way too flowery for me. I bought a tshirt recently that says 'I had 5 babies today..what did you do?' and I wear it everywhere. I get a lot of interesting raised-eyebrow looks, but some of the nurses know EXACTLY what it means, and it's always a kick to have someone in the grocery store (I don't get out much! rofl) come up and ask me about it. I think if the stuff available were a little fresher, maybe we would wear more of it. Flowers and hearts are nice, but not for me. :>P
  2. by   fab4fan
    I do have 2 porceline figurines, one a nurse, one a doctor. But they're not the cutesy stuff you usually see...these figures have so much dignity in their faces.

    They're made by Lladro, a pretty well known artist from Spain. The stuff is pretty expensive, but worth it, as his work is considered a "collector's item."
  3. by   semstr
    bought that Tshirt in Greece last year. The angel was on it already, had the text put in myself.
  4. by   NRSKarenRN
    Mending Our Image
    Americans love nurses, but the public still has a narrow view about what the profession actually does. New media campaigns try to polish those perceptions and draw potential RNs
    into the fold

    By Cathryn Domrose
    June 26, 2002
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    gosh i best tell my parents, sisters, friends, and inlaws to take back all the stupid nursing statuettes they have been so kind to give me thru the years. personally, i love them and what they mean to me. I in no way see how they tarnish our image as nurses in America. tell ya what I DO SEE though:

    i see*** DAILY*** habits of nurses ourselves that do just that.....wearing nasty long painted fingernails and loud makeup and crummy, wrinkly scrubs, popping gum all day long, and reeking of cologne (male or female), piercing eyebrows , just to name a few get to me, anyhow. it only takes ONE person like this to create a horrid image on our behalf......not fair, but true.

    treating patients w/disrespect would be another (and yes- oh yes- i have seen it and called 'em out for it). another " habit": gossiping and/or guffawing loudly in earshot of patients and family may be another thing that harms our image whether we know it or not. (i know ; i have been guilty of this too, so i include myself in this area ---slaps own wrist).

    also--- it *would* be nice if the media would show a more realistic image of nursing as a profession. however, i think we must really be own best spokemen, if you will, getting the word out to as many as we can as to what we do. how many here volunteer time at their kids' schools or scouting meetings to tell them what you do and what it takes to be a NURSE in the 21st century. how bout voluteering in the community where there is need as an RN/LPN?

    to me, it is plain silly to whine about figurines and tshirts when all that can be done is not yet, to polish up our own image by our own acts and words. JMO anyhow.....
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Aug 13, '02
  6. by   NICU_Nurse
    Whining? Jesus.
  7. by   psychonurse
    I have been trying to help make the image of the nurse better by helping my friends that are not in the medical profession more about diseases that can happen. Every month at my VFW meeting I give out health information out to the members... one month it might be breast cancer(expecially national mamogram month) or diabetes or weight loss (which I need to work on myself). I also volunteer at the county fair to help with the health booth. I also work for the Red Cross when I have time to promote good health. We have to start projecting ourself as a professional before other people will percieve us of that.
  8. by   pebbles
    The doctors at my hospital wear jeans and Birkenstock sandals. The image of nursing is NOT skin deep, it is about people understanding and having respects for what we DO.

    Even if everyone wore clean scrubs, had good grooming and impeccable tact and grammar, we'd still have the problem of the image of nursing....

    We need to help educate people about what we do and the importance of it. People think they are in hospital to see the doctor. That is not the case - they are there because they need nursing care. But why don't they see that, why is nursing the "invisible" part of getting better? I think we need to start with explaining to our friends and families what we do, talk about the complexities and intricacies. Then go on to patients and families as appropriate. How many times have I explained something to a family member and have them look at me in shock, saying "you have to be really smart to be a nurse these days, don't you?" Yes. You do.

    The problem is communicating that to people.
    Clean scrubs DO say that someone is "professional" - but there is a lot more to be communicated...
    Last edit by pebbles on Aug 14, '02
  9. by   mark_LD_RN
    pebbles-- if that is the case how can we improve our image?

    kristi white- what did you mean by your post? i must have missed something here.
  10. by   maizey
    Pebbles-loved your - "patients think they are coming into the hospital to see the doctor but they are there because they need nursing care". This is so true. How much time does the patient actually get from the doctor while in the hospital? I think things are rolling our way a little and that some patients do realize this, that the doctor may see them for 10 minutes a day while the nurses are there with them 24 hours.

    I also agree that a start is for nurses to look professional. I cringe when I see nurses show up to work in scrubs that look as though they have just taken them out of the laundry basket and put them on. Patients do notice those things. That is a start for image control.

    I personally have never read the book about Chicken Soup for Nurses but when I read that there was one thought I would go get one. I don't have to embrace everything I read but sometimes it helps to see what other nurses are doing or perceiving just like this forum. We don't have to agree with each other all the time on here but it is sure great to see what other's are thinking and doing. I love it.

    I, too, agree with the poster that said he thought the television programs were coming more into the more positive view of nursing. I think ER does portray nurses as nurses in the role they play in that show. Just my opinion.

    Getting out in the community is a good start to letting the public know what nurses do. Going into the schools and teaching is a great thing. Even if the grownups other than the teachers are not there the kids go home and tell them about us and what we told them. We have a nonsmoking program that we do in the schools every year and we start in the fourth grade. Maybe if we get them young they will never start the nasty habit.

    Also, going into the churches to teach CPR, heart healthy, etc. these are just a few of the ways that the image of nursing can be changed for the positive.

    This is a great topic. There have been so many great posts here.
  11. by   SmilingBluEyes
    yea, whining...ok maybe too harsh a word...or wrong choice. is that ALL you took from my post? sheesh. Ok then, I stand corrected. I just somehow see a bigger issue here than figurines, books and tshirts and what we can do about it....

    and like it or not, first appearances do speak unprofessional image that is sloppy gives one little chance to change it once it's there. i have read it takes about 30 seconds for us to make a very LASTING first impression in general. Well, then it stands to reason by appearance and attitude, we can either make or break our own profession. How many of us would go to a firstime job interview looking and acting like some of the examples above? Seems figurines and books should figure in VERY small in what the public thinks of us as a profession in general. :zzzzz
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Aug 14, '02
  12. by   teeituptom
    Howdy yall
    from deep in the heat of texas

    I liked you post shygirl the best, Not that I would wear a tighter dress. Just wouldnt work for me.

    We need an ad campaign. to focus on.

    1. be nice to a nurse, take her to lunch.

    2. be nice to a nurse, take them out to the golf course.sounds good to me.

    3.Be nice to a nurse, pay for us to go on vacation.

    4. be nice to a nurse, arrange to have Limos takes to and from work. nice to a nurse, get her a free housekeeper. My wife would like that.

    6. be nice to a nurse, they have the foley catheters.and we know wehere to put them.

    7. be nice to a nurse, they have large bore IVs. hahahahahaha and we know how to use them...

    8 be nice to a nurse, we could freeze your suppositories.eeewwwwwwwwww

    9. be nice to a nurse takes shopping
    golfsmythe would be my vote

    10 be nice to a nurse, we give shots. and we select the needle size.

    and a doo wah ditty
  13. by   NICU_Nurse
    Maybe we should put some of those on a tshirt. With flowers around it. Then we could write a book about it. ;>)