Saving Lives: Why the Media's Portrayal of Nurses Puts Us All at Risk (Kaplan Voices Nurses)

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Popular TV shows like Grey’s Anatomy, ER, and House lead people to think that nurses simply push gurneys, drive romantic plots, and provide an attractive backdrop for the real action. However, 12 million nurses worldwide know the reality is far more fascinating, demanding, and important.

Written by the leaders of The Truth About Nursing, the organization at the forefront of challenging and changing representations of nurses, Saving Lives is destined to change the way people look at the essential role nurses play within the U.S. healthcare system. It explores the public’s perception of nurses and spells out the greatest myths about nursing, drawing on examples from television shows, ads, news, and other media.

Saving Lives exposes the media’s role in the nursing shortage and the often dismissive public perception of nursing. But it is also a call to action. Saving Lives offers concrete steps to help nurses, and those who support them, educate the public about nursing.

For millions of people worldwide, nurses are the difference between life and death, self-sufficiency and dependency, and hope and despair. Nonetheless a lack of appreciation for nursing has contributed to a global shortage that is one of our most urgent public health crises. There are not enough nurses available to monitor patients, provide hi-tech treatments, advocate for patients, and teach patients to live with their conditions. Poor understanding of what nurses do undermines claims for adequate staffing, and leads to a lack of resources for nursing practice, education, and research. All of that means worse patient outcomes, including death.

Saving Lives is destined to change public perceptions, thereby empowering nurses and attracting new nurses to the healthcare field.

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Sandy Summers, RN, MSN, MPH, is the founder and executive director of The Truth About Nursing. She has Masters Degrees in Community Health Nursing and Public Health from Johns Hopkins and previously practiced in emergency departments and intensive care units of major trauma centers.

Harry Jacobs Summers is the senior advisor to The Truth About Nursing and their principal writer. A former Fulbright scholar with degrees from Columbia and Georgetown, he practices law in Washington, DC.

www.truthaboutnursing.org

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