the image of nursing - page 2
Do you think the nursing profession has a positive or negative image currently? What effect if any, does the image of professional nursing have on the shortage and the future of nursing?... Read More
Oct 24, '01Hi. Wash, thanks for the information. I do wonder who specifically was polled. I can tell you that for many of my home health patients and families, they haven't a clue about the different types of nursing education. Some not only can't spell the word, but don't know a comprehensive definition for education. I have to deal with my patients and families according to their understanding of what nursing means to them. For many, the CNA is the nurse, because it's the CNA that actually has the most intimate relationship with the patients in the home in terms of dealing directly with their physical needs. Many of my patients are elderly and a good percentage of them do not have education beyond grade school, so they don't value instruction and teaching on topics like diabetes, CHF, CAD, HTN, etc. on the same level as a good bath and direct attention to comfort measures.
Also, the fact that the nursing profession overall did not see a need to be politically proactive in the past, we have not been able to overcome certain media stereotypes of us such as being too intellectually inept to be a real force when it comes to defining what we we're actually capable of.
Image is everything. I agree that nurses need to become more forceful when it comes to defining our image in the media. My patients, who are all homebound, get most of their information about us that way.
Oct 24, '01I do wonder who specifically was polled.