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     Popular TV game show Family Feud repeatedly sexualizes nursing 

Thanksgiving op-ed in The Hill on nursing's image problems
     Nurse educators cite Truth leaders' book Saving Lives

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     A review of Passion Fish

Netflix begins shooting 2 seasons of Ratched

     We relaunch our petition in a new format. Please sign it!

     Our original analysis: American Horror Story: Ratched

     MarySue Heilemann's perspective: Ratched or Wretched?

     Press release: Nurses vs. Netflix: Protests over Ryan Murphy's Ratched

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           Popular TV game show Family Feud repeatedly sexualizes nursing

In survey questions, the highly-rated syndicated show Family Feud has urged the public to think of nurses as females who are mainly focused on the sexuality of physicians and male patients. The effect is to trivialize, if not encourage, the real sexual harassment of nurses.

Steve Harvey Family Feud

Thanksgiving op-ed in The Hill on nursing's image problems

Nurse educators cite Truth leaders' book Saving Lives

November 22, 2018 – Today The Hill ran the strong op-ed "Let's give thanks to nurses" by Rush University nursing educators Mallory Bejster and Janice Phillips. The piece in the leading U.S. political newspaper argued that poor public understanding of nursing still undermines the profession, even as real nursing roles are more diverse than ever, from hospitals to universities to the public sector. The writers relied on the Truth leaders' book Saving Lives: Why the Media's Portrayal of Nursing Puts Us All at Risk, as well as examples from prime time television and the recent Woodhull Revisited Study...

Janice Phillips

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A review of Passion Fish (1992)

In John Sayles's Passion Fish, soap opera star May-Alice Culhane suffers partial paralysis after a car accident. The bitter actress retreats from New York to her childhood home in Louisiana and proceeds to drive away a series of home care nurses. But the last of these is Chantelle, a troubled yet committed nurse who endures and ultimately gives May-Alice a renewed sense of purpose. The film's portrait of two women coming to terms has a languid power. And although some of the nursing on display is unimpressive, Chantelle's psychosocial care may well have saved a life...

Netflix begins shooting two seasons of Ratched

Let's redouble our efforts to rid ourselves of this plague on nursing

There is recent reporting that despite the thousands of nurses who have signed the petition to stop the new Ratched show and the one hundred or more calls we placed to Netflix and the makers of the show, that Netflix is now beginning to shoot two seasons of the show. Netflix even has the audacity to promote this deeply misogynous show as if it is feminist--with women's advocacy groups actually buying into it. Just having women characters in a show does not make it feminist, especially if the main theme of the show is to portray women who get power as oppressive and abusive.

We have launched a new letter-writing campaign. Please send a letter, yours is best, but please send our letter if you are short on time.

See also:

American Horror Story: our original Ratched analysis and campaign

MarySue Heilemann's call to action: Ratched or Wretched?

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest film review



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Many nursing professors rely on the extensive and varied materials on the Truth's website to help their students engage with critical issues nurses will face in the future, from their public image to key aspects of nursing education, practice, and advocacy. Since 2001, we have explored and analyzed how the global media and society in general has seen the nursing profession. Join your colleagues and use this material to help plan your curriculum! Please consider some of these ideas... 

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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!

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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...

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