The Truth About Nursing, a leader in improving the image of nursing, announces the launch of a new working group: The Coalition for Better Understanding of Nursing.
The Coalition seeks to unite hospitals, nursing schools, and other nursing organizations in a robust effort to strengthen nursing and improve health care by educating decision-makers about the value of the profession.
"Nurses can harness the power of our collective vision and energy to build a better health care system," said Sandy Summers, founder and executive director of the Truth About Nursing. "We don't have to accept inadequate respect and resources that undermine our workplaces and endanger our patients. Now is the time to come together to show our value."
The Coalition will seek to highlight nursing achievements and innovations for key segments of the population, from career seekers to guidance counselors, from hospital colleagues to government officials, and from the media to the public at large.
"Recent months have shown that even those who have not been well-served by existing power structures can make positive changes if they stand together," Summers explained. "That is as true for nurses as anyone else."
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Forty-Two Years Ago, Nursing Scholar Jo Ann Ashley, RN, EdD, Issued a Strong Call to Educate the Public About Nursing
In 1976 Ashley gave an interview on WNED's Woman program, during a segment called "New Image for Nurses." Ashley stressed that given nursing's status at that time, nothing was more important than educating the broader public about the profession's value. The challenges nursing faces today show that despite real progress, this remains true. Let us heed Ashley's call now!
See that clip here: