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Chickens without heads
     Press highlights nurse staffing crisis in Quebec

The tragic hero
     Nurse Jackie says goodbye

Something to tell you
Florida "funky flu nurse" says to “wash your stinking hands”!

Fancy dresses and dead patients 
     U.K. hospital refuses £2,500 donation from naughty "nurses"

Kisses for Cops
 special thank you from some Louisiana nurses

            Press Coverage             

The Nurse Activist
     Nurse Manifest highlights work of the Truth

         Speaking Engagements          

See Sandy Summers on October 19 in Albany!

Book Sandy now for your next event!

Jackie and Zoey

Chickens without heads

            Press items highlight nurse staffing crisis in Quebec

March 8, 2018 – The Montreal Gazette says understaffing is so bad that some nurses have reported themselves for unsafe care. A Public Radio International piece reports that 700 physicians signed a petition urging that their own raises go to address the problem...

Natalie Stake-Doucet

Nurse Natalie Stake-Doucet

The tragic hero

Nurse Jackie says goodbye

The Showtime comedy's final seasons had flaws, occasionally suggesting that nurses report to physicians. But there was still a lot of expert care and creative advocacy from the brilliant Jackie Peyton and her protegee Zoey Barkow...

Zoey Barkow and Jackie Peyton

Something to tell you

Florida emergency nurse has a simple request:  “Wash your stinking hands”!

February 20, 2018 – The Washington Post reports that nurse Katherine Lockler posted an amusing video to Facebook explaining key ways people can avoid the flu. The video shows strong public health advocacy—it went “viral,” haha. But some took issue with Lockler’s exasperated tone, and she was evidently “reported” to her hospital and the board of nursing.

Fancy dresses and dead patients

U.K. hospital refuses £2,500 donation raised with naughty nurse stereotype

August 22, 2017 – But the BBC report about the "fancy dress" fundraising by Ludlow Hospital's League of Friends mostly highlights the views of people who think the League's tactics are just fine. And the League vows to do more of the same.

Kisses for cops

The Town Talk on a special thank you by nurses

November 25, 2015 – Some Louisiana nurses thanked local police for their service with "kisses for cops" - apparently just baskets of Hershey's Kisses. But ideally nurses would avoid linking their profession with romantic imagery...

Kisses for Cops

Press Coverage

The Nurse Activist

The Nurse Manifest blog highlights the work of Truth founder Sandy Summers

May 1, 2018 - Today the Nurse Manifest blog posted a short biographical sketch of Truth About Nursing founder Sandy Summers as one of its “Inspirations for Activism.” The post described Summers’s advocacy and educational work in leading the Truth and in her book Saving Lives: Why the Media’s Portrayal of Nurses Puts Us All at Risk. We thank Peggy Chin and everyone at the Nurse Manifest blog. And remember: the Nurse Manifest is hosting a Nursing Activism Think Tank on July 30-31, 2018 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Nursing. 

Nurse Manifest blog

Speaking Engagements

See Sandy on October 19 in Albany!

Sandy will speak at ANA-New York's 2018 Annual Meeting and Conference on October 19, 2018.  This year's theme is “Advocacy in Action."  The venue is the Albany Capital Center, 55 Eagle St., Albany, NY 12207.

Albany, New York

Albany, New York

Having an event? Book Sandy today!

Let Sandy Summers empower your nurses and help them fully embrace their autonomy!

Patients deserve better protection. Let Sandy help your nurses and students fully embrace their autonomy to strengthen nursing care, reduce errors and improve care! Sandy recently spoke in Washington DC, Manitoba and Vancouver, and gave the graduation speech at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. She speaks widely to a variety of international nursing groups. Click here to see details and book her today!

Sandy Summers


Imagine a world where nurses were fully empowered to protect patients

Get an author-signed copy of Saving Lives for you or a friend

Saving Lives is the transformative book acclaimed by nurses, nursing leaders, scholars, and the media. It can help your friends, colleagues, and students be the strong nurses our profession needs to protect patients from errors, injuries, and disease. See praise for Saving Lives: Why the Media's Portrayal of Nursing Puts Us All at Risk by leaders in nursing and the media as well as the awards it has earned, including three Book of the Year awards from the American Journal of Nursing and an award from Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing. The updated second edition from Oxford University Press is now available! All donations and royalties go directly to support The Truth About Nursing, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Thank you for your support!

Saving Lives book cover

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...

Nurses and Nursing book cover

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A note to our readers and supporters:  Please help us challenge more damaging media of nurses with a generous donation today! Your support is what enables us to improve public understanding of nursing -- one media image at a time. Thank you!


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