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Saving Lives: Why the Media's Portrayal of Nursing Puts Us All at Risk

Sandy Summers and Harry Jacobs Summers


Although it is not well understood, nurses are the critical front-line caregivers in modern health care. Nurses are college-educated science professionals who save lives and improve outcomes by monitoring patients 24/7, rescuing them when they deteriorate, providing high-tech treatments, advocating for patients, and teaching patients how to live with their conditions. But since the late 1990s, the world has suffered from a deadly nursing shortage. Many nursing positions have been unfilled or not funded, while less skilled technicians have been assigned nursing tasks. A key element underlying t ... More

Keywords: image of nursing, media studies, nursing shortage, physician handmaiden, naughty nurse, gender issues, media advocacy, Hollywood, health care reform

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199337064
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199337064.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sandy Summers, author
The Truth About Nursing

Harry Jacobs Summers, author
The Truth About Nursing