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March 3, 2019


     Nurse understaffing remains widespread in U.S. hospitals, The Guardian reports

You're going to see a difference
Reuters on study linking better nursing environments to better outcomes

We are the gap 
     Lifetime docudrama Life Flight is a mixed message for nursing

How many angels can detect subtle signs of respiratory distress?
     Chicago Tribune item highlights nurse's great save but reinforces angel stereotype

BBC World Service Outlook
     Arizona nurse Jessica Hanson helps others cope with death after tragedy 

 Speaking Engagements 

Sandy Summers to speak at Widener University's ceremony
Sandy is thrilled to be speaker at Widener University School of Nursing's Nightingale graduation ceremony on May 16, 2019

Book Sandy now for your next event!

 Press Coverage 

Bold Brave Nursing
     Truth director discusses image of nursing on All About Nursing radio show


Family Feud has a nursing problem

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

 Faculty Corner 

Planning your curriculum?
     We have ideas...



Nurse understaffing remains widespread in U.S. hospitals, The Guardian reports

A good February 2019 article paints a distressing picture of the state of U.S. nurse staffing, emphasizing the dangerous effects on patients and nurses themselves. The piece relies on nurses and a union representative who calls for minimum nurse staffing ratios for all units, which California is still the only U.S. state to require.

Overworked nurse

How many angels can detect subtle signs of respiratory distress?

Chicago Tribune item highlights nurse's great save but reinforces angel stereotype

December 10, 2018 -- A piece about a Chicago nurse's astute and quick action to address a baby's respiratory distress highlights a key nursing role. But the item also reinforces the damaging stereotype that nurses are virtuous, low-skilled "angels." And it reveals, in its account of how hard the baby's mother had to work to locate the nurse later, how hospitals and even nurses themselves often bury nursing expertise.


You're going to see a difference

Reuters on study linking better nursing environments to better outcomes

A 2016 Reuters item highlighted key findings of a new study showing that a better nursing environment means better patient outcomes. Ironically, the piece itself did not fully embrace such an environment, relying mainly on physician comment and understating the credentials of the one nurse it did quote.

Reuters, Seaman

We are the gap

Lifetime docudrama Life Flight is a mixed message for nursing

The March 2015 docudrama Life Flight: Trauma Center Houston has helpful information about what nurses do for patients, although it spends a lot of time on the nurses' personal lives and general thoughts

Ashley and Jesse

Speaking Engagements

Sandy Summers to speak at Widener University in May

May 16, 2019 - Truth About Nursing director Sandy Summers is thrilled to be set to speak at the Nightingale ceremony for graduating seniors of the Widener University School of Nursing! It will be held at The Springfield Country Club (400 W Sproul Rd, Springfield, PA 19064) at noon on Thursday, May 16.  Widener is located in Chester, Pennsylvania.  

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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

Press Coverage

Bold Brave Nursing

Truth director discusses image of nursing on All About Nursing radio show

January 23, 2019 – This evening Truth About Nursing director Sandy Summers appeared live on the Bold Brave Media radio show All About Nursing, with host Joyce Batcheller, RN, DNP, FAAN. Over the course of an hour, Sandy discussed the Truth's work to address the poor public understanding of nursing, especially as reflected in the recent Woodhull Revisited study showing the continuing absence of nurses in news reporting on health issues. The show is available on iTunes and iHeart radio. We thank Dr. Batcheller and All About Nursing for having Sandy on — and for providing such a great forum for nurses to explain their key roles in health care and the challenges they face!

Joyce Batcheller, All About Nursing
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Planning your curriculum?

We have ideas

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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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!

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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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