Monday, May 26, 2008


Image is important. The first impression is everything. How does the public view nursing? I think the best answer would be that they don't know what to think of nursing. Many cannot accurately describe what nursing is really about. Problem is, neither can a lot of nurses.

Where does the confusion come from? I think it comes from many different places. Many people have very little contact with nurses. Television which does not typically represent nurses accurately. The Center for Nursing Advocacy focuses on accurate representation of nurses by the media. My personal experience when engaging in discussions on social network forums such as Facebook is that many nurses do not understand the damage that is done by inaccurate portrayal of nurses in the media.

If you ask nursing students "what is a nurse?" the answer may very well be task-oriented. Some of the most essential qualities of registered nurses, such as the ability to critically think and to CARE are often forgotten by nursing professionals themselves when questioned about their responsibilities.

Johnson & Johnson's Campaign for Nursing has provided a welcomed portrayal of nurses in the media. Nurses for a Healthier Tomorrow is a coalition of 43 nursing and healthcare organizations working together to attract people to the nursing profession with a grassroots campaign. Many private and federal funds exist to assist students looking to pursue undergraduate and graduate nursing education, with some scholarships going unawarded due to lack of qualified applicants. It is my belief that in order to attract more individuals to this diverse profession we must also promote a accurate and professional image of nursing in the mass media and fight the image of nursing as often portrayed in popular television.


Nurse Practitioners Save Lives said...

Image is a huge part of obtaining and keeping respect for a profession. How often do nurses care for patients with COPD and lung cancer and come back off the floor reeking of cigarette smoke? What kind of message does that send? I am not asking everyone to stop smoking (wait! yes I am!) but just to get rid of the smell before you come back to the floor. Some patients that are ill are very sensitive to smells. We should be considerate of others.

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Hey, Sis!! How are you??
Hugs, Terrie

It's Not About You (and other legal mumbo jumbo)

Hmm. It appears that most nursing or medical blogs have some sort of disclaimer. Apparently there is a need for such a thing, so here is mine:

1. Tis not about you. Any similarities to real people are purely coincidental.
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