The Center announces Saving Lives:
Why the Media's Portrayal of Nurses Puts Us All at Risk
The Center for Nursing Advocacy announces the publication of its leaders' new book Saving Lives: Why the Media's Portrayal of Nurses Puts Us All at Risk. With striking examples and an irreverent style, the book explores nursing stereotypes from TV shows to the news media, and it explains how these images affect real-life decisions about nursing. The book also offers a comprehensive plan to help everyone improve nurses' image--and public health.
Saving Lives has already won high praise from many leaders in nursing and the media (see below). Written by Center executive director Sandy Summers and senior advisor Harry Summers, the 350-page book will be released by Kaplan Publishing on February 3, 2009. All royalties from the book go to the Center.
Order your copy of Saving Lives from the Center now! For each copy you order from us, your donation will allow us to send an additional copy of the book to an influential member of the media who needs to know what Saving Lives shows: how many media products damage public understanding of nursing. With your help, the media can learn that nurses are science professionals who play a vital role in improving health. That is knowledge that decision makers must have if nurses are to get the resources they need to resolve the global nursing shortage.
For a Center member donation (or renewal) of just $40, we'll send you a free signed hardback copy of Saving Lives: Why the Media's Portrayal of Nurses Puts Us All at Risk--a $25 retail value. And your $40 donation will allow us to send an additional copy of the book to a member of the media and support the Center's other activities. Books will be shipped on the release date, February 3, 2009.
"Saving Lives provides a stunning exposé of the media's inaccurate portrayals of nurses and their work, and documents the impact this has on public health. It should be mandatory reading for journalists, script writers, producers, physicians, policymakers, the public, and anyone who perpetuates nursing invisibility and the often blasphemous representations of nurses' everyday heroism. There's no longer any excuse for media creators to fail to speak truth about the exquisite skill and essential contributions of nurses to safe, humanistic, intelligent health care."
-- Diana J. Mason, RN, PhD, FAAN, Editor-in-Chief, American Journal of Nursing, and co-host, HealthStyles, WBAI Radio
-- Claire M. Fagin, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor Emerita, Dean Emerita, and Interim President Emerita, the University of Pennsylvania
-- Echo Heron, RN, author of Intensive Care: The Story of a Nurse; Tending Lives: Nurses on the Medical Front; and the Adele Monsarrat medical mystery series
-- Suzanne Gordon, author of Nursing Against the Odds: How Health Care Cost Cutting, Media Stereotypes, and Medical Hubris Undermine Nurses and Patient Care, co-author of Silence to Voice: What Nurses Know and Must Communicate to the Public
-- Andrew Holtz, MPH, former CNN Medical Correspondent and author of The Medical Science of House, M.D.
-- Ronnie Polaneczky, Columnist, Philadelphia Daily News
-- Richard Kahn, Independent Filmmaker and Producer, Lifeline: The Nursing Diaries; In Our Midst: The Long-Term Impact of Neonatal Intensive Care; and Frontline: Street Cop.
-- Nancy King Reame, RN, PhD, FAAN, Professor of Nursing, Columbia University, former contributor, iVillage, and co-author, Our Bodies, Ourselves
Information from the dust jacket of Saving Lives:
Popular TV shows like Grey's Anatomy, ER, and House lead people to think that nurses simply push gurneys, drive romantic plots, and provide a human backdrop for the real action. However, 12 million nurses worldwide know the real work of nursing is far more fascinating and important.
Written by the leaders of the Center for Nursing Advocacy, the organization at the forefront of challenging and changing representations of nurses, Saving Lives is destined to change the way people look at the essential role nurses play within the health care system. It explores the public's perception of nurses and spells out the greatest myths about nursing, drawing on examples from television shows, ads, news, and other media.
Saving Lives exposes the media's role in the nursing shortage and the enduring stereotypes that undermine the profession. But it is also a call to action. Saving Lives offers concrete steps to help nurses, and those who support them, educate the public about nursing.
For millions of people worldwide, nurses are the difference between life and death, self-sufficiency and dependency, and hope and despair. Nonetheless a lack of appreciation for nursing has contributed to a global shortage that is one of our most urgent public health crises. There are not enough nurses available to monitor patients, provide high-tech treatments, advocate for patients, and teach patients how to live with their conditions. Poor understanding of what nurses do undermines claims for adequate staffing, and leads to a lack of resources for nursing practice, education, and research. All of that means worse patient outcomes, including death.
Saving Lives is destined to change public perceptions, thereby empowering nurses and helping them get the resources they need to save lives.
Donate $40 to the Center now to get 1 signed hardback copy of Saving Lives for you--and allow us to send a copy to an influential media creator and have funds left over to support other Center activities! You will also get a one-year Center membership (or renewal). With your help, we can send the book to writers and producers of top television shows like Grey's Anatomy, House, Private Practice, ER and Scrubs, and producers of the network television news shows. We can send it to writers and editors at Reader's Digest, CNN, NPR, the New York Times, TIME, The Economist, the Associated Press, the Globe and Mail, the Wall Street Journal and many others. We can send it to local television affiliates, corporate advertisers, ad agencies, and so many others who must better understand how stereotypical images of nurses are undermining our ability to resolve the global nursing shortage. The more who donate to our book program, the more media creators can receive our message.
Feel free to suggest those you'd most like to receive copies of the book.
Thank you for your generosity and help in spreading the message that nurses save and improve lives!
If you order by January 27, 2009, your book will be sent on its release date, February 3, 2009. This member donation / renewal, minus the fair market value of the book, is tax-deductible as allowed by law.
To make a donation of a different amount or order different merchandise, please see our regular member donation page.
Thank you for supporting the Center's work!
Sandy Summers, RN, MSN, MPH
The Center for Nursing Advocacy
203 Churchwardens Rd.
Baltimore, Maryland, USA 21212-2937
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