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Saving lives : why the media's portrayal of nursing puts us all at risk

Author: Sandy Summers; Harry Summers
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Updated second editionView all editions and formats
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"For millions of people worldwide, nurses are the difference between life and death, self-sufficiency and dependency, hope and despair. But a lack of understanding of what nurses really do -- one perpetuated by popular media's portrayal of nurses as simplistic archetypes -- has devalued the profession and contributed to a global shortage that constitutes a public health crisis. Today, the thin ranks of the nursing  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sandy Summers; Harry Summers
ISBN: 9780199337064 0199337063
OCLC Number: 951076770
Description: xxxi, 419 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Dangerous ignorance: why our understanding of nursing matters --
pt. 2. The great divide: the media versus real nursing --
pt. 3. Seeking better understanding of nursing-and better health care.
Other Titles: Why the media's portrayal of nursing puts us all at risk
Responsibility: Sandy Summers, RN, MSN, MPH ; Harry Jacobs Summers.

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"For millions of people worldwide, nurses are the difference between life and death, self-sufficiency and dependency, hope and despair. But a lack of understanding of what nurses really do -- one perpetuated by popular media's portrayal of nurses as simplistic archetypes -- has devalued the profession and contributed to a global shortage that constitutes a public health crisis. Today, the thin ranks of the nursing workforce contribute to countless preventable deaths. This fully updated and expanded edition of Saving Lives highlights the essential roles nurses play in contemporary health care and how this role is marginalized by contemporary culture. Through engaging prose and examples drawn from television, advertising, and news coverage, the authors detail the media's role in reinforcing stereotypes that fuel the nursing shortage and devalue a highly educated sector of the contemporary workforce. Perhaps most important, the authors provide a wealth of ideas to help reinvigorate the nursing field and correct this imbalance. As American health care undergoes its greatest overhaul in decades, the practical role of nurses -- that as autonomous, highly skilled practitioners -- has never been more important. Accordingly, Saving Lives addresses both the sources of, and prescription for, misperceptions surrounding contemporary nursing"--Provided by publisher.

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The authors of this book document evidence of the relative absence of the profession of nursing in popular media and make a strong case that in those few instances that nurses are portrayed, they are Read more...

 
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