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Are nurses getting the respect they need to save lives?

March 26, 2019


     Two very different news items show nurses to be creative advocates for the vulnerable

"Respect the nurses"
Grey's Anatomy qualifies for the dramatic irony Olympics

Sticks and rides may break my bones 
     St. Vincent plays the naughty nurse

Born in the USA 
     Physician author portrays L&D nurses as ignorant servants

Four strong women join The Conversation on BBC World Service
     The self-belief and advocacy of these Nigerian women could help many nurses  

 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 

Truth director appears on Diane Reed's "The Nurses ROCK!" radio show
     Sandy Summers rocked the March 23, 2019 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

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St. Vincent


Two very different news items show nurses to be creative advocates for the vulnerable

Detroit's Fox 2 television station reports that a local emergency nurse has developed a successful protocol to identify victims of human trafficking. And a New Yorker piece highlights an oncology nurse's tenacious efforts to counter anti-vaccine disinformation within her ultra-Orthodox Jewish community.

Nurses Danielle Bastien and Blima Marcus

"Respect the nurses"

Grey's Anatomy qualifies for the dramatic irony Olympics

On Grey's Anatomy, surgeons are still gods and nurses are still low-skilled lackeys. But that didn't stop one surgeon character from delivering a mind-boggling speech declaring that a key rule for successful surgeons is to listen to and respect nurses.

Stephanie Edwards Grey's Anatomy

Sticks and rides may break my bones

St. Vincent plays the naughty nurse

Alt-rock icon St. Vincent puts the naughty nurse first in a series of sexual role-playing images in the song "Savior" from her acclaimed recent album MASSEDUCTION. The song may not do enough to reject that specific image. But it does seem to reject women's confinement to stereotypical roles and the related expectation that they martyr themselves for others—themes to which nurses can relate.

Reuters, Seaman

A review of Chapter 1 of Born in the USA by Marsden Wagner, MD

By guest reviewer Colby Denson, RN

Physician's 2006 book advocates using midwives instead of obstetricians--in part by portraying Labor & Delivery nurses as ignorant servants.

Born in the USA
Strong women from Lagos

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

Truth director appears on Diane Reed's "The Nurses ROCK!" radio show

Sandy Summers rocked the March 23, 2019 show!

March 23, 2019 – Today Valencia College nursing professor Diane Reed, RN, PhD, hosted the Truth's executive director on "The Nurses ROCK! Show". The show is now available on MixLR. We thank Dr. Reed for having Sandy on her show, and for providing strong insights and outreach for our messages about nursing in the media!

Nurse Diane Reed
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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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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 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...

Nurses and Nursing book cover

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