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News on Nursing in the Media

February 2, 2018 edition

MarySue HeilemannRatched or Wretched?

Netflix Should Support Women, Not Damaging Stereotypes

Dear Nurses and Allies,

I'm writing because the Nurse Ratched show in development at Netflix has not been canceled. Production is scheduled to begin soon in 2018. This means that Netflix will be creating what has been called a "monster" nurse character working in the American mental health system. This negative portrayal denigrates nurses... Dr. Heilemann's full letter explaining why the planned new Ratched show is potentially very devastating for nursing...and then please take action and sign the petition! Thank you for your help!

Love heals all things

A message to nurses from Angel Williams, the woman at the center of the 2010 Dr. Oz naughty nurse segment

January 28, 2018 -- We recently received a phone call from Angel Williams, the woman who appeared on a 2010 episode of The Dr. Oz show to demonstrate how she was able to lose weight by dancing. The Truth About Nursing and many supporters objected to the segment, in which the show had Ms. Williams and fellow dancers dress in naughty nurse outfits and tell host Mehmet Oz that they would be his "nurses." The show refused to really acknowledge our concerns until our campaign had generated global press coverage. Then the show did begrudgingly apologize, and in late 2011, it did a segment entitled "NURSES' SECRETS That Can Save Your Life," which may have been in part an effort to make amends. Ms. Williams called us a few days ago and apologized to Sandy Summers, our executive director, for her role in this 2010 Oz episode. the entire gracious letter from Ms. Williams...

$3 for seven days of night shift

Zimbabwe articles show lack of resources for nursing

May 2015 -- This month news items from Zimbabwe showed that the salaries of nurses in some settings are still absymally low. On May 6, a short Associated Press piece reported that night shift nurses at the nation's public hospitals had gone on strike in protest of a pay rate of "$3 for a seven day nightshift"—really. The striking nurses were asking for a raise to $150 per week. Normally, a 5,000% raise might seem like a lot, but... The nurses' union representative Enock Dongo said that nursing students had been forced to "fill in" during the strike, which had lasted a week at that point. Of course, nursing students are not yet licensed nurses, and so they really can't adequately "fill in." Ten days later, on May 16, the New Zimbabwe website reported that the nationwide strike had been resolved. See how!...more...

Speaking Engagements:

OSNA logoSee Truth executive director Sandy Summers on February 3 in Portland Oregon!

Sandy will deliver the Keynote and Endnote presentations at the Oregon Student Nurses' Association's Annual Convention at the Holiday Inn Portland (Wilsonville) on February 3, 2018. Keynote: How the Media's Portrayal of Nursing Puts Patients at Risk. Endnote: Increasing Public Understanding of Nursing to Strengthen the Profession and Protect Our Patients. ...see the flyer...

FalmouthSee Sandy on May 31 on Cape Cod!

Sandy will speak at Saint Anselm College's 26th Annual Conference for Nurse Educators at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in North Falmouth, Massachusetts on May 31, 2018. The conference title is "Clinicians and Educators: Partnering to Develop Competence." Sandy's presentation is "Power of Persuasion: Challenging Media Portrayals of Nurses," and she will speak from 12:30 - 2 pm. ...see the flyer...

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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...

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