Washington Post report on nursing in Covid era offers unusually deep look at profession
A long April 2020 piece in thePosthad information from a diverse group of nurses. Of course, they were able to explain how itfeelsto be a nurse in the Covid-19 era—a common press theme now. But they also described what nurses actuallydofor patients, notably in an excellent summary by school nursing leader Laurie Combe. And the piece highlighted nurses’ protests about inadequate PPE.
Press items show nurses speaking out for clinical safety
April 2020 pieces highlight nurses advocating for safer practices, despite efforts to silence them. Buzzfeed reported that a California hospital had suspended 10 nurses for refusing to care for Covid-19 patients without N95 masks, which the physicians had. The nurses later got the masks. And the New York Times ran Theresa Brown's op-ed about how she was forced to quit a clinical position because she kept advocating for safer practices. That dynamic seems widespread in the Covid era.
More strong nursing in season 6 of the BBC’s Call the Midwife
The sixth season of the BBC’s Call the Midwife, from 2017, featured more portrayals of expert nurse midwives saving lives and improving outcomes in an underserved London community in the 1960s. The nuns and lay midwives of Nonnatus House confronted a wide range of health issues, managing the effects of various social problems, especially those reflecting the experiences of women.
New York City settles benefits case about whether nursing is “physically taxing”
In July 2018 the New York Daily News reported that the City had agreed to pay almost $21 million to settle claims that it discriminated against the predominantly female nursing profession by refusing to consider it one of the physically taxing ones for which earlier retirement was offered. The piece also let nurses tell why that refusal was wrong, countering the angel stereotype that it is their role to suffer nobly in silence.
See Sandy Summers help facilitate Nigeria-based online media training on July 4, 2020
On July 4, 2020, Truth About Nursing director Sandy Summers will serve as a facilitator for the online program “Image of Nursing and the Media: Strategic Leadership Training for Nurse Leaders.” This training is sponsored by Nurses On Air, a leading nurse-run digital media hub based in Lagos, Nigeria. Nurses on Air is led by Josiah Jackson-Okesola, who is a member of The Truth About Nursing's advisory panel. Information will be forthcoming to enable you to join Sandy and Josiah online!
See Sandy Summers in Nebraska in November 2020
On November 6, 2020, Truth About Nursing director Sandy Summers will give the keynote address at the Nebraska Action Coalition-Future of Nursing's Fall Leadership / Culture of Health Conference. Sandy will also give a speech at the 40 Under 40 Emerging Nurse Leaders’ Award Ceremony. The conference will be held at the Holthus Convention Center in York, Nebraska. Please come see Sandy if you can!
See Sandy Summers in Florida in August 2021
In August 2021, Truth About Nursing founder and director Sandy Summers will be the keynote speaker at the Florida Nurse Practitioner Network (FNPN) conference in Orlando. The FNPN's theme for this, its 17th conference, will be "2021: The Year NP's Inspire, Innovate & Motivate." If you can, please come see Sandy and be inspired! The conference will be held at the Orlando World Center Marriott.
Nursing events now up in the air? The Truth About Nursing's founder and executive director can give an online presentation!
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Ask U.S. federal officials to get nurses more PPE and Covid-19 tests instead of leaving nurses without proper protection.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: "Thank God for stupid nurses"
After 348 tries, Grey's Anatomy portrayed a nurse doing the nursing work of educating a patient. Encourage Grey's to continue and bring on more nurse characters to do the nursing instead of the surgeons who almost always do it.
Cardi B needs education as to why the naughty nurse damages the nursing profession
Inside Amy Schumer used vicious anti-nurse stereotypes
The Good Doctor strongly reinforces the stereotype that nurses are low-skilled physician lackeys who are barely involved in hospital care.
Don't let this be a search result for "Nightingale. "New Google / Ascension project has already breached nursing’s data security.
Netflix and Ryan Murphy plan two-season TV origin story for Nurse Ratched, one of the most damaging anti-nurse stereotypes in history, releasing this fall.
Family Feud uses naughty nurses and battleaxes as a mainstay of its "jokes"
Sandy Summers delivered an empowering message to new graduates at graduation speech at Widener University's Nightingale ceremony last week
In a short, compelling address, Sandy Summers welcomes new graduates to the field of nursing and inspires them to become fierce patient advocates--to put patients' interests first. Sandy explains her holistic vision of nursing advocacy and shares strategies to help nurses find their voices. She highlights areas in need of our advocacy and offers perspectives on how to overcome the resistance we meet when we challenge the world to do better. Nursing advocacy saves lives, and our patients need us to do it. So please join Sandy and let’s get started!
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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 Padraig O Luanaigh, 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. Luanaigh 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...