Overview of Proposed Projects of The Truth About Nursing
Increase public understanding of nursing by providing accurate and comprehensive information on the nursing profession to news and entertainment media, to improve their depictions of nurses and coverage of nursing;
Motivate individual nurses to participate in the effort to change the public's perception of nursing by increasing nurses' media awareness, as well as their ability and motivation to reach out to the media to advocate for their profession;
Rally nursing organizations, schools and hospitals to join a coalition to improve public understanding of the nursing profession through efforts to influence decision makers;
Educate decision-makers, insurers, and physicians about the value of nursing since their decisions affect the profession and its ability to deliver quality care and strengthen autonomous practice;
Educate K-12 students and career seekers about the value of nursing and why they should consider it seriously as a potential profession.
Everyone must learn the truth about nursing
Many nurses contact us about the difficult situations they face today in the clinical setting. (Please see an articulate description of these challenges that was posted on the Truth's Facebook page). Based on what we hear, nurse understaffing remains common. Too many health institutions today disregard the opinions of nurses. In many facilities, RNs are replaced by health technicians, who are asked to perform nursing care even though they have not been educated as nurses. And nursing education and research receives relatively little funding. Patients deserve better. They deserve nursing care from nurses. If decision-makers understood that nurses are autonomous professionals with their own vital sphere of practice, health experts who make the difference between life and death, nurses would be adequately staffed. They would be fully consulted in any decision-making. In fact, nurses would be the vast majority of decision-makers at health institutions, from hospitals to government entities. Health assistants would only perform clerical and other work for which they are qualified (as is the case at the pioneering Hahnemann Hospital). And nurses would be able to provide the full range of nursing care to the public and to practice with autonomy in a true collaboration with other health professionals. To improve health care in these ways, everyone must learn the truth about nursing.
We are seeking funding to pursue work on the following projects: