News on Nursing in the Media
August 15, 2007 -- Coast to coast, the naughty nurse continues her tireless efforts to sell alcohol and pop music to the needy. An April 19 Palm Beach Post article reports that Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil will open Dr. Feelgood's Rock Bar and Grill this summer in West Palm Beach. The bar, named after a 1989 Crue album, will reportedly feature "waitresses dressed as nurses." Meanwhile, across the nation, Los Angeles has been enjoying Club Good Hurt, a nightclub where female bartenders dress in provocative "nurse" outfits, since 2004. Unfortunately, the undervaluation of nursing that this kind of imagery reflects is a factor in what may be the worst nursing shortage in U.S. history. So hard-partying bar patrons who need a real nurse may not be feeling so good. more...
March 14, 2007 -- Several recent press pieces have profiled second-career nurses, including those who once worked in fields with higher social and/or economic status. On January 7, USA Today ran Adam Geller's Associated Press piece "Filipino Doc Picks Life As Nurse in U.S." This is a long profile of Elmer Jacinto, a nurse and a physician who chose not to practice as a physician in the Philippines in order to earn more money as a nurse in the U.S. Because Jacinto scored highly on physician exams in the Philippines, he became a controversial public symbol of the health worker migration away from that nation. The piece includes some helpful information about the nursing shortage. But it is full of subtle suggestions that nursing is less important than medicine, and that Jacinto has turned his back on the common good by not practicing as a physician, as if nursing had little social utility. Today, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer published Susan Phinney's "Nursing student still works long hours, but the reward is priceless." This article reports that Mike Nicholls left a lucrative career as a Wall Street analyst to study nursing at the University of Washington. The piece stresses the differences between the two fields, highlighting the non-material rewards of nursing and the fact that nursing education actually is a serious academic endeavor. It could have done more to convey that nurses improve patient outcomes, but at least it does not suggest that Nicholls has suffered a loss of social worth. We thank Ms. Phinney and the Post-Intelligencer. more...
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What do Center for Nursing Advocacy chapters do? We encourage meetings every month or two. At the meetings, members brainstorm and work together to improve media coverage of nursing around the world--but most especially within their home media markets. For instance, members work to get coverage for nursing achievements, events, problems, or issues facing patients or the community. And they discuss giving organized feedback to media entities for nurse-related products they have created. See more on our chapter mission and activities page.
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Sandy Summers, RN, MSN, MPH
The Truth About Nursing
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