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2002 Archives -- News on Nursing in the Media


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Physician NY Times article

November 19, 2002 -- In a New York Times article, physician Abigail Zuger aptly describes the effects of nurse short-staffing on her patients in her article "Prescription, Quite Simply, Was a Nurse."


Comedy Central's The Man-Show shows nurses as sex objects

November 3, 2002 -- Comedy Central's The Man-Show has repeatedly depicted nurses as big-breasted women in skimpy uniforms. more...


Redbook magazine: "Don't let yourself be brushed off onto a Nurse Practitioner"

November 2002 -- In a Redbook magazine article entitled "Advice Docs Give Their Own Families," a physician author warns his family members: "Don't let yourself be brushed off onto a Nurse Practitioner." more...


New York Times, noting link between nurse staffing and mortality, urges hospitals to address critical nursing shortage by reporting nurse-patient ratios

October 25, 2002 -- A New York Times editorial, reacting to nurse researcher Linda Aiken's study establishing a strong link between nurse staffing and patient mortality, explains the gravity of the nursing shortage, examines possible solutions, and calls on hospitals to report their nurse-patient ratios "so that prospective patients can decide where to take their chances."


NPR story gives more weight to hospital concerns on nurse safe staffing law than views of nurses

Oct. 23, 2002 --Today NPR's Patricia Neighmond reported on the Aiken study of staffing ratios, published today in JAMA, which found that for each additional patient assigned to a nurse, 30-day patient mortality increases by 7% and the odds of nurse burnout increase by 23%. more...


Groundbreaking study shows that nurse short-staffing increases patient mortality, nursing dissatisfaction and nursing burnout

October 23, 2002 -- In a large research study entitled "Hospital nurse staffing and patient mortality, nurse burnout, and job dissatisfaction" published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, University of Pennsylvania nursing scholar Linda Aiken and her colleagues found that for each additional patient assigned to a nurse, 30-day patient mortality increases by 7%, the odds of nursing job dissatisfaction increase by 15% and the odds of nurse burnout increase by 23%. more...


Nurse describes danger for patients when nurses are short-staffed in AJN

October 2002 -- RN Lorraine Dale paints a vivid picture of the harrowing experience of working at an under-staffed hospital, in an American Journal of Nursing article entitled "Chaos."


Oprah features nurse expert on domestic violence, but show does not identify her as a nurse

September 25, 2002 -- On an Oprah show about the allegedly domestic homicides recently associated with the Ft. Bragg military base, Oprah Winfrey interviewed Johns Hopkins nursing Professor Jackie Campbell, RN, Ph.D., FAAN. more...


The Truth sends September 2002 letter to ER producers

September 10, 2002 -- The Truth About Nursing (then known as the Nursing Vision) sends a letter discussing the treatment of nursing in the latter half of the 2001-2002 season to the makers of "ER." more...


AJN Editor decries media treatment of nurses, asks nurses to speak out and boycott "ER"

August 2002 -- In her editorial "Invisible Nurses," American Journal of Nursing Editor-in-Chief Diana Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN, explains how nurses are ill-served by the media, and encourages nurses to write letters to the editor expressing their outrage. more...


JCAHO: "Nursing Shortage Poses Serious Health Care Risk" -- experts offer solutions

August 7, 2002 -- Today the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations issued a huge report on the nursing shortage--focusing on the severity of the current and future nursing shortage and its detrimental effect on patients. more...


The Truth helps persuade American Nurses Association to provide internet access to the Code of Ethics for Nurses

June 10, 2002 -- Four months after receiving a letter from our organization, then known as the Nursing Vision, and professors from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, the American Nurses Association placed the Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements on the internet. more...


Needleman, Buerhaus: Nurse short-staffing leads to deadly complications, failure to rescue and increased hospital stays

May 30, 2002 -- In today's issue of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), researchers Jack Needleman of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston and Peter Buerhaus of Vanderbilt University’s School of Nursing in Nashville, Tennessee found that nurse short-staffing leads to deadly consequences for patients. more...


HHS devalues role of Nurse Practitioners with their "Take a Loved One to the Doctor" campaign

May 11, 2002 -- The US Department of Health and Human Services ignores the contributions of Nurse Practitioners in its "Take a Loved One to the Doctor" Campaign, which aims to close the gap in health disparities among ethnic groups. There are about 105,000 Nurse Practitioners in the United States. more...


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