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May 5, 2019


Killing joke
     Syndicated cartoon trashes NPs!

Ladies health squad
On Call the Midwife, skilled nurses support marginalized communities

The death card
     State senator says nurses don’t need rest because they play cards a lot of the day  

It’s no game
Chicago nurses’ op-ed in The Hill urges better understanding of nursing

Do nurses know things? Let’s find out!
     Nurses are missing from many New York Times health pieces, consistent with a recent study

Top nurses roundup
     Some U.S. city magazines start to notice nurses

"Wait, wait wait, did she just say a registered nurse could provide better care than physicians? Yes I did."
     Jocelyn Anderson writes an excellent op-ed on the need for sexual assault nurse examiners

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 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

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Family Feud has a nursing problem

Netflix brings back battle-axe Nurse Ratched

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Eric & Bill Teitelbaum cartoon


Killing joke

Syndicated cartoon trashes NPs!

A March 2019 Bottom Liners cartoon joked that “government-run healthcare” won’t be so bad because voters can “keep the nurse practitioner of their choice.” In fact, studies show NP care is at least as effective as physician care. But the stereotype that NPs are inferior substitutes remains common, undermining their care and threatening public health.

Eric & Bill Teitelbaum's offensive anti-nurse cartoon

Ladies health squad

On Call the Midwife, skilled nurses support marginalized communities

On the BBC drama’s fourth season, broadcast in 2015, autonomous nurses provided expert midwifery and psychosocial care to a poor London community. They also advocated strongly for dispossessed populations.

Call the Midwife

The death card

State senator says nurses don’t need rest because they play cards a lot of the day

In April 2019 Washington state senator Maureen Walsh, seeking to exempt small hospitals from proposed rules that would limit mandatory overtime and ensure breaks, said nurses at those hospitals “probably play cards for a considerable amount of the day.” What a joker! In fact, research shows that rampant understaffing at U.S. hospitals contributes to nursing burnout and worse patient outcomes, including death.

Maureen Walsh

It’s no game

Chicago nurses’ op-ed in The Hill urges better understanding of nursing

The late April 2019 op-ed argues that a legislator’s remark about nurses “playing cards” shows the need to improve understanding of nurses’ vital role in health care, citing the Truth leaders’ book Saving Lives

Janice Phillips, Collen Chierici

Do nurses know things? Let’s find out!

Nurses are missing from many New York Times health pieces, consistent with a recent study

Health reports published just a few days apart in the Times in July 2018 illustrate the findings of the new Woodhull Study Revisited: The mainstream news media still mostly ignores nursing and nurses as expert sources—even on health topics about which nurses know at least as much as the sources on whom the items do rely.


Top nurses roundup

Some U.S. city magazines start to notice nurses

In recent years some monthly city magazines, long known for their annual "top docs" features, have included  features on "top nurses." Some simply add advanced practice nurses to the physician listings, while others have recognized nurses more generally.

Top nurses magazine cover

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First responders

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.  

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
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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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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 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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