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Saving LivesWhy the Media's Portrayal of Nursing Puts Us All at Risk$
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Sandy Summers and Harry Jacobs Summers

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199337064

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199337064.001.0001

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Could Monkeys Be Nurses?

Could Monkeys Be Nurses?

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(p.65) 3 Could Monkeys Be Nurses?
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Saving Lives
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Sandy Summers

Harry Jacobs Summers

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199337064.003.0003

Most media portrayals fail to convey that nurses are college-educated professionals who save lives. A few media items have done so, particularly in the print press, and at times even on television, as on Nurse Jackie and the other recent nurse-focused shows. But the most influential media regularly indicates that physicians are the sole masters of health knowledge. In a 2012 segment of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the host suggested that school nursing basically involves “kickball” and “tummy aches.” Hollywood physician characters often do exciting things in which nurses would actually take the lead. Many news accounts assign credit for nurses’ work to physicians, “hospitals,” or machines. Some media ignores nursing even when nurses play a central role in the relevant topic. Nurses are rarely recognized as health experts or important scholars. Other items suggest that any helpful person or piece of healthcare technology is a “nurse.”

Keywords:   nursing skill, hospitals, healthcare roles, healthcare errors, physician-centrism, media, nurses, physician nursing, healthcare technology, robot nurse, baby nurse

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