Saving Lives: Why the Medias Portrayal of Nursing Puts Us All at Risk

Paperback | September 25, 2014

bySandy Summers, Harry Jacobs Summers

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For millions of people worldwide, nurses are the difference between life and death, self-sufficiency and dependency, hope and despair. But a lack of understanding of what nurses really do - one perpetuated by popular media's portrayal of nurses as simplistic archetypes - has devalued theprofession and contributed to a global shortage that constitutes a public health crisis. Today, the thin ranks of the nursing workforce contribute to countless preventable deaths.This fully updated and expanded edition of Saving Lives highlights the essential roles nurses play in contemporary health care and how this role is marginalized by contemporary culture. Through engaging prose and examples drawn from television, advertising, and news coverage, the authors detail themedia's role in reinforcing stereotypes that fuel the nursing shortage and devalue a highly educated sector of the contemporary workforce. Perhaps most important, the authors provide a wealth of ideas to help reinvigorate the nursing field and correct this imbalance. As American health care undergoes its greatest overhaul in decades, the practical role of nurses - that as autonomous, highly skilled practitioners - has never been more important. Accordingly, Saving Lives addresses both the sources of, and prescription for, misperceptions surrounding contemporarynursing.

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For millions of people worldwide, nurses are the difference between life and death, self-sufficiency and dependency, hope and despair. But a lack of understanding of what nurses really do - one perpetuated by popular media's portrayal of nurses as simplistic archetypes - has devalued theprofession and contributed to a global shortage t...

Sandy Summers is the founder and executive director of The Truth About Nursing. She practiced nursing for many years in the emergency departments and intensive care units of major U.S. trauma centers. Ms. Summers has master's degrees in nursing and public health from Johns Hopkins University. A native of Connecticut, she lives with her...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:360 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:September 25, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780199337064

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Echo Heron: ForewordIntroductionPart One: Dangerous Ignorance: Why Our Understanding of Nursing Matters1. Who are Nurses and Where Have They Gone?2. How Nursing's Image Affects Your HealthPart Two: The Great Divide: The Media versus Real Nursing3. Could Monkeys Be Nurses?4. Yes, Doctor! No, Doctor!5. The Naughtiest Nurse6. Who Wants Yesterday's Girl?7. You Are My Angel8. Winning the Battle-Axe, Losing the War9. Advanced Practice Nurses: Skilled Professionals or Cut-Rate PhysicianPart Three: Seeking Better Understanding of Nursing-and Better Health Care10. How We Can All Improve Understanding of Nursing11. How Nurses Can Improve Their Own Image