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September 9, 2017 edition


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Nurse Ratched, Sarah PaulsonAmerican Horror Story: Ratched

Netflix and Ryan Murphy plan two-season TV origin story for one of the most damaging anti-nurse stereotypes in history

The New York Times reported that Netflix has committed to at least two seasons and 18 episodes of a television show on the "evolution [of Nurse Ratched] from a low-level nurse into the severe, manipulative tyrant who terrorizes mental institution patients in Ken Kesey's 1962 novel." We cannot see how this show could avoid damaging nursing. So please sign our petition to cancel the show before it starts production. Please add your own comments to it and ask all your colleagues, students, friends and family to sign. Thank you! more...

Sylvia Trent-AdamsThe right stuff

Sylvia Trent-Adams, the nurse Surgeon General

With the announcement that Indiana health commissioner Jerome Adams, MD, has been nominated to be U.S. Surgeon General, the tenure of Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams, RN, PhD, as Acting Surgeon General has drawn to a close. Still, her months on the job sent a helpful message about nursing. more...

How to fight Zika

Despite 300,000 Brazilian nurses, NPR thinks Zika care there is all about "doctors"

The NPR report includes statements about what "doctors believe," how "doctors" are addressing the situation, how "lots of doctors are helping out," what "we've been hearing from doctors," what "doctors have been telling" NPR, and how the Van Der Linden physicians "acknowledge what's really holding the system together is doctors like them"—as if modesty made them reluctant to say that but NPR's fierce investigative journalism made them spill it! more...

The golden ratios

Reports show understaffing remains a global threat

Media items from around the world show that nursing continues to suffer from underfunding, with poor staffing a particular problem. The Daily News Egypt ran Menan Khater's "Alexandria nurses threaten further strikes," which reported that night-shift nurses at Alexandria University's Al-Amiry Hospital had gone on strike to protest not having been paid for months. more...


Think about the future

New international text Nurses and Nursing leads off with chapter by Truth leaders

The exciting new textbook Nurses and Nursing: The Person and the Profession includes a chapter on nursing's image by Truth leaders Sandy Summers and Harry Jacobs Summers. Edited by Pádraig Ó Lúanaigh, RN, EdD, the thought-provoking new textbook from Routledge "draws on international contributors with a range of backgrounds to explore, engage with and challenge readers in understanding the many aspects and elements that inform and influence contemporary nursing practice." Our chapter is "Nursing's public image: Toward a professional future." We thank Dr. Lúanaigh for the opportunity to be a part of this important new project. Please consider this book for your classes in professionalism, nursing and society, and nursing leadership. Click here to request a free copy for review now! See more about the book here...

Saving LivesImagine a world where nurses were fully empowered to protect patients

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Saving Lives is the transformative book acclaimed by nurses, nursing leaders, scholars, and the media. It can help your friends, colleagues, and students be the strong nurses our profession needs to protect patients from errors, injuries, and disease. See praise for Saving Lives: Why the Media's Portrayal of Nursing Puts Us All at Risk by leaders in nursing and the media as well as the awards it has earned, including three Book of the Year awards from the American Journal of Nursing and an award from Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing. The updated second edition from Oxford University Press is now available! All donations and royalties go directly to support The Truth About Nursing, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Thank you for your support!

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Let Sandy Summers empower your nurses and help them fully embrace their autonomy!

Patients deserve better protection. Let Sandy help your nurses and students fully embrace their autonomy to strengthen nursing care, reduce errors and improve care! Sandy just got back from speaking in Washington DC, Houston, New York, Iowa, and Vancouver, and gave the graduation speech at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. She speaks widely to a variety of international nursing groups. Click here to see details and book her today!

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The Truth About Nursing is an international non-profit organization based in Baltimore that seeks to help the public understand the central role nurses play in health care. The Truth promotes more accurate media portrayals of nurses and greater use of nurses as expert sources. The group is led by Sandy Summers, co-author of Saving Lives: Why the Media's Portrayal of Nurses Puts Us All At Risk.

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Donate $30 to the Truth now, and we will send you a copy of our leaders' newly released book Saving Lives: Why the Media's Portrayal of Nursing Puts Us All at Risk. Both editions have won American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Awards and Saving Lives has also won an award from the international nursing honor society, Sigma Theta Tau. The book was written for nurses, the media, and members of the public around the world. Many nursing professors use it as a text to discuss nursing in society. The authors donate all royalties to the Truth About Nursing. Order today--paperback or digital--and we will send a copy out to you!