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Jan 1 2021 Truth About Nursing Awards
Best and Worst Media Portrayals of Nursing in 2021


Dec 8 Fall TV Overview 2022
What's good and bad for nursing on TV
May 8 Set up to fail
In support of RaDonda Vaught
February 27 What is it good for?
The Truth About Nursing stands with the people of Ukraine
February 20 Better care through better software?
Influential recent media shows the persistent gap between what nurses really do and what people think they do
January 8 Call for nominations
Submit your nominations for 2021 awards today!
January 1 Could charting software be improved?
Help us recognize the best nursing in the media


December 31 A family affair
Recent media has shown nurses, and even aspiring nurses, helping loved ones manage serious illness
November 28 We belong together
Recent news items show nurses around the world advocating strongly for better working conditions during a time of crisis 
October 31 Halloween and the naughty nurse
Trick or Treat? The naughty nurse image still haunts nursing, despite the pandemic and its “hero” narrative of the profession
Sept 30 2021 Fall TV preview!
The fall TV season will have good portrayals of nursing! But most shows tell us that it’s physicians who matter in health care.
Sept 21 Nurses Make America Great:
In recent popular media, nurses range from OnlyFans sex workers to proud immigrants giving skilled and socially-aware health care
June 5 Communication breakthrough:
Recent news items feature nursing leaders advocating strongly for their profession and for public health in the Covid era!
March 21 Macho macho man:
An NP’s TikTok account dispels Covid myths—and shows how capable nurses are. Meanwhile, the major media offers mixed portrayals.


December 31 Who provides round-the-clock care?
Recent press coverage of nurses’ role in Covid care varies widely, depending on the journalists involved--and who they consult.
December 11 Nurse added to Biden-Harris Covid-19 task force:
Jane Hopkins has been added as the first nurse appointed to the Biden-Harris Covid-19 task force
November 24 Truth proposes nurses for Biden-Harris Covid-19 task force.
The Truth About Nursing has proposed a diverse list of expert nurses for the Biden-Harris Covid-19 task force, which now has none.
November 12 Which nurses should go on the Covid advisory panel?
One of the Covid advisory panel members has been in touch with us and would like suggestions as to which nurses should go on the panel
November 11 Urge Biden to add nurses to Covid advisory panel
November 8 Coronavirus task force needs nurses
October 28 Hundreds of people suffocating to death
October 8 Nurse beyond borders
September 18 2020 Fall TV preview: Save a hundred lives...
August 25 Paging Dr. Zenk
June 30 When does the hero narrative work for nurses?
June 21 Nurses trying to save us from ourselves
June 9 Denouncing racism and calling nurses to action
April 30 Don’t show up, don’t come out
April 16 Nursing Now!
April 6 Nurses need secretaries
March 26 The frontline soldiers
March 21 PPEmergency
March 18 No time to choose between life and death
March 6 Let slip the ZDoggs of war
February 14 Kimmy hates nurses!
February 6 Oscars edition: Nursing in Knives Out!
January 31 A beautiful sentiment
January 17 Amended Decade Awards and Diversity Concerns
January 17 Amended Decade Awards
January 9 Awards: Best and Worst Media of the Decade for Nursing


December 13 Go Grey's go! Urge show to build on fleeting nursing portrayal!
November 28 “You could be a doctor!” Managing Thanksgiving as a nurse
November 22 Don't let this be the top search result for "Nightingale"
October 31 Cardi B does naughty nurse for Halloween 2019
October 20 Hollywood keeps the battle-axes coming!
October 9 Dentist assumes NINR interim director post. Continue the pressure!
September 22 Fall 2019 TV preview: All your favorites, plus the return of Ratched
September 19 NIH Director responds about NINR Director position
September 16 Survey! What qualifications should the NINR director have?
September 13 NIH fails to explain why dentist will oversee NINR
August 29 Should dentists oversee nurses?
July 26 NP advocacy leads AARP to re-affirm support for NPs 1.0
July 8 Breaking boundaries 1.0
May 30 Are nurses "technicians" or "professionals"?
May 23 How can nurses become fierce patient advocates?
(Sandy Summers's graduation speech at Widener)
May 6 I love a woman in a uniform
May 5 Do nurses know things? Let's find out!
April 3 Cartoon attacks NPs--take action!
March 26 "Respect the nurses"
March 8 How can we fix the mess nursing is in?
Explainer video for the Coalition for Better Understanding of Nursing
March 3 You're going to see a difference
February 14 Flowers, chocolates, or respect?
February 7 Powerful op-ed by nurse in The Irish Times
February 6 We have a plan, let's put it into action
February 2 Nurses injured in a Family Feud


Sept 23 Fall TV preview: Meh!
July 6 Someone saved my life tonight
June 27 The tragic hero
May 25 Some women are more equal than others
Feb 2 Love heals all things
Jan 5 Should nurses be culling the herd?


Oct 29 Surviving Jigsaw and more
Sep 21 2017 Fall TV Preview
Sep 9 American Horror Story: "Ratched"
May 31 Founder of nursing is not a robot assistant
April 17 Krugman apologizes for "menial" comment


Dec 11 The doctor school dropout
Nov 6 Healers and heroes
Oct 16 Talk more
July 4 Unsafe at any speed
Feb 29 Truth transforms website for mobile era


Nov 26 Making turkeys from surgical gloves
Oct 7 Fall 2015 TV Preview
Aug 21 Change agents
July 4 Elmo, so good on vaccines; not so good on nursing
April 5 The bedpan ceiling
Mar 29 The No-Fact Zone
Mar 5 Servanthood
Jan 30 Worked to death


Nov 23 Heroes and inmates
Nov 19 Ebola? Bring it on.
Oct 26 Love! Witchcraft! Cupcakes! Fall television overview
Sep 17 Oxford University Press releases Saving Lives (2nd edition)!
Aug 20 Summer reading (and weeping) issue
June 4 You can do it another day
May 8 The American Nurse opens nationwide today!
Jan 28 Nurse 3D naughty nurse killer movie hits theaters
Jan 7 Modern Family: the dimwit as nursing student


Dec 29 Nurse Practitioner Evil": Disney's Lab Rats attacks NPs
Dec 10 Awards for Best and Worst Media Depictions of 2012
Nov 17 Scrubbing Less
Oct 30 MTV's Scrubbing In undermines nursing
Oct 20 Glee's back to school nursing
Sept 17 Fall TV Preview: Mighty Med meets Nurse Nation
Aug 7 Jerky
July 21 Special summer reading issue!
June 30 The beck and call girls: Private Practice ends
May 31 American Family Care wants to protect you from APRNs!
April 14 Cunning, baffling, powerful: Nurse Jackie returns
April 1 A Tale of Two Nurses
Mar 6 Thanking the nurse
Jan 23 I'm not there


Dec 30 Quacks Like You
Dec 7 2011 Truth About Nursing Awards
Nov 29 One Day in the Life of the Uninsured
Nov 15 "Are you familiar with kickball?" Contempt for nursing on The Daily Show
Oct 29 The stuff of life: Watch Call the Midwife on PBS
Sept 17 Fall 2012 TV Preview: Nursing in the Media
Aug 21 Nurse understaffing: Are your knuckles white?
July 31 Nursing at the Olympics!
June 6 "Thank you Nurses!"
May 20 Fired for educating a patient?
April 30 "Why would you pursue that?"
Mar 16 A Bad Case of Loving Nurses
Feb 13 The hair salon expert
Jan 30 Nurses speaking out worldwide


Dec 28 Instrumental and often overshadowed
Dec 13 The talk of the town: nursing in The New Yorker
Nov 11 Join our Las Vegas protest!
Oct 25 Nursing: Isn't that Sweet?
Oct 10 Nursing the debt machine
Sept 26 Working as a nurse
Aug 31 Sexy killer nurse movie Nurse 3D starts filming
Aug 4 Saving lives and selling tomatoes
July 16 Whitless: New NBC sitcom says it's sexy nurse time!
June 30 Johnson & Johnson's new nurse TV ads
June 9 Let's Make a Baby King!
May 5 UCLA takes on Hollywood Nursing
April 8 Not playing dead
Mar 31 Hooters: It's the cure, baby!
Mar 3 Pride and Prejudice
Feb 22 Blue Valentine
Feb 7 Sung and Unsung
Jan 28 All Over the Map on Nursing
Jan 6 2010 Awards: Best and Worst Media Portrayals


Dec 18 Death by disrespect
Dec 11 Announcing The Truth's First Annual Conference!
Nov 22 Dancing with the star
Nov 2 Nurses in politics!
Oct 10 How do so many journalists miss it?
Sept 25 37 physicians, no nurses?
Sept 2 Can't waste a minute
Aug 6 Have fun playing nurse!
July 22 Physicians are awesome
July 7 Not leaving it in Vegas
June 5 Nursing in the eyes of a child
May 30 Help Nurses Help Haiti
May 12 Celebrate Nurses' Century!
April 25 Voice of America
April 13 Radical transformation
Mar 24 Nurse Jackie returns
Mar 14 A Vision of Love?
Feb 24 Angels and Advocates
Feb 7 The good doctors in Haiti
Jan 31 Messing with Texas
Jan 24 "Brainless sex mad bimbos"
Jan 16 The Orb of Life


Dec 31 The 2000-2009 Truth About Nursing Decade Awards
Dec 28 The 2009 Truth About Nursing Awards
Dec 23 In the thick of it
Dec 14 Fighting equality disease
Nov 22 Lung Cancer Alliance refuses to fix Dr. Lung Love PSA
Nov 6 To serve Dr. Lung Love
Oct 29 Boys don't nurse
Oct 12 Not to get beat up
Sept 26 It's time for us to buck up
Sept 13 Fall 2009 TV Preview
Sept 9 Getting to prevent things
Aug 30 Ms. Goldberg needs some helpers
Aug 7 "To everyone we are just tools"
Aug 1 Post-its and other priorities
July 24 Can we get cultures on that?
July 16 Trouble handling this nurse
July 2 The Meaning of Life
June 20 "Hospital attendant"
June 8 The Henchman of God
June 1 Think different
May 24 The beginning of a new age?
May 15 Striving for greatness
May 6 My Scrubs finale
April 29 Not a doctor, but...
April 9 What does that M.D. mean?
Mar 29 "Obama against foreign nurses"
Mar 20 The Disease Care Industry
Mar 13 Nurses Needed
Mar 5 Looking for Mr. McSteamy
Feb 26 Helping you remember complicated facts
Feb 16 The 2008 Truth About Nursing Awards
Feb 7 Perceived myopic approach


At the end of 2008, our news alerts were partially on hiatus as we wrote our book Saving Lives: Why the Media's Portrayal of Nurses Puts Us All at Risk.

Dec 14 The Center announces Saving Lives
Sept 19 Dark comedy
July 31 "I don't use nurses"
July 3 Hopkins and Housewives
June 15 Restitution
May 23 Unusual access to us
April 30 NPs urge drug companies to end media bias
April 6 "Wear the miniskirts and just save some lives!"
Mar 30 "Ladies who give lollipops and band aids"
Mar 14 Exposing their hands and faces
Feb 29 Museum of Modern Nursing
Feb 14 The Aging Nurse Project
Jan 25 Hotter Than July
Jan 14 Cashmere Mafia Nurses
Jan 6 Golden Lamp Awards 2007


Dec 14 "Is that even a word--midwifery?"
Nov 27 Nurse, fetch me the ball.
Nov 10 Baby We Were Born to Care
Oct 26 What the world needs now
Oct 19 The 100-year plan
Oct 12 Naughty nurses too scary for Halloween
Oct 7 Dentyne commercial: We did it!
Sept 30 "I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues"
Sept 28 Dentyne naughty nurse commercial
Sept 22 The Surfing Receptionist and the Beautiful Bombshell
Sept 14 A Nursing Morality Play in 3 Acts
Sept 7 "A Nurse to the Homeless"
Aug 23 To inspire and be inspired
Aug 17 I'm gonna break somebody's heart tonight
Aug 7 The dog ate my reporting
July 24 Release
July 20 "Fighting De-Nursification"
July 13 Monday
July 2 A Convenient Untruth
June 14 Startling discoveries
May 30 Allowing a Natural Death
May 24 Crazy Mary
May 17 They dare to be do-able
May 11 When every week is nurses week
May 4 And the first shall be first
April 27 Shock Trauma nurses honored for clinical hotness!
April 19 "Swaziland is dying. Will the last nurse on duty please turn off the lights?"
April 12 "Every 2,000 Beijingers to have a community nurse by 2008"
April 5 "Scrubs," lift us up where we belong
Mar 30 The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations
Mar 22 "I, Robot, will empty your bedpan"
Mar 20 Kelly Ripa is your sponge bath nursey in her little nursey costume!
Mar 14 Hell is other nurses
Mar 9 Mourning Edition
Mar 2 Supervisors
Feb 27 Crossword helper (3 letters)
Feb 23 "Do they deserve this six-figure salary for what they do?"
Feb 22 House, R.N.
Feb 21 Preventable errors
Feb 20 Buzz Saw
Jan 31 The Star-Ledger: "Nurses urge TV dramas: Get real"
Jan 10 Nurses Find Media Image Needs Intensive Care
Jan 6 "Iraq: Neglected nurses fight their own war"


Dec 29 "Italian nurses are better-looking...These [U.S.] ones scare me a bit. Don't even think about leaving me alone at night with one of them."
Dec 8 The Nobel Prize in Nursing
Dec 3 Infirmières Sans Frontières
Nov 24 Error and Punishment
Oct 31 Blood Simple
Oct 13 Worth Dying For
Sept 27 But when I became a physician, I put away nursing things
Sept 4 The League of Extra Ordinary People
Aug 18 Golem
July 23 Emmys protest postponed
July 6 An Inconvenient Truth
June 10 Wanna Bee
May 23 Q: What Scares Nurses? A: Who Cares?
May 14 Touching the world
May 5 Wigan Today: "Heart-throb hunks help patients relax"
April 21 Jack White Slams Nursing Group for "Metaphorical Ignorance"
April 14 McDrunky
Mar 30 The ventilated elite
Mar 5 The Overcomer
Feb 16 "If there's ever an emergency, don't even bother trying to find me -- just call 911"
Feb 4 Weird Scenes Inside the Gold Mine
Jan 25 CVS pharmacist returns from Matrix; can now download entire nursing curriculum into your brain in four hours!
Jan 13 Mattel on the "Nurse Quacktitioner": Problem? What problem? Oh--and did we mention the new Nurse Barbie?


Dec 27 Heroes, Whores and Handmaidens: 3rd Annual Golden Lamp Awards Rank Best and Worst Media Portrayals of Nursing in 2005
Dec 22 Center calls for boycott of Mattel products after company refuses to withdraw "Nurse Quacktitioner" dolls from market
Dec 15 Duck Soup
Dec 4 And on the eighth day, the Lord Physician created nurses, to clean up the mess
Nov 18 Tip No. 76: For even quicker attention, drive your Hummer straight into the ER. Then offer the triage nurse a chocolate if he'll let you see the physician before all those little pedestrians!
Nov 10 Update on the Benghazi Six
Oct 26 The Benghazi Six
Oct 4 TAGGED: Gillette pulls lusty-nurse fever ad
Sept 22 Gimme that nurse fever, nurse fever. We know how to show it!
Sept 16 The world crashes in, into my living room
Aug 26 In the midst of life we are in death
Aug 8 AP: "Nurses Care for the Niger's Malnourished"
July 29 Take a Loved One for a Checkup Day
July 19 Telling doctors what they ought to try
July 8 Strangeways, Here We Come: University of Alberta medical students have something important to say about nurses--especially their breasts!
July 1 Could 600,000 nurses help Make Poverty History?
June 22 Jeopardy! to air clue on nursing on June 23 in response to Center campaign
June 9 Schering-Plough asks "ER" to portray nursing accurately
May 25 Let's put on a show!
May 10 Judas in a lab coat: "ER" takes on that whole "female-physician-mistaken-for-a-nurse" thing
April 29 You're with stupid now
April 24 The scrubbed nurse
April 15 ABC's Touchstone sends a response to nurses' concerns on "Grey's Anatomy"
April 8 "You're the pig who called Meredith a nurse...I hate you on principle."
April 1 Landmark JAMA study finds nurses to be autonomous, skilled; nation reels
Mar 30 ABC's Grey's Anatomy: so chunky with Hollywood's contempt for nursing, you'll be tempted to use a fork. But use a scalpel!
Mar 23 Grey's Anatomy: New ABC show boasts nine physician characters, no nurses
Mar 11 Join Part II of the Center's ER Sponsors Campaign!
Mar 10 Nursing Punk'd: Virgin Mobile's merry pranksters refuse to let public health stand in the way of a little extra cash
Mar 3 Join our ER Sponsors Campaign!
Feb 27 Center urges corporate giants to divest from NBC's "ER"
Feb 11 Can any idiot be a nurse? Don't forget the sponge baths and happy endings!
Feb 7 HHS agrees to explore new name for "Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day"
Jan 30 U.S. News & World Report: "Who Needs Doctors?"
Jan 22 The young quarterback
Jan 14 Bras 'n Stereotypes 'n Things




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