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August 29,  2019


U.S. nursing research institute appoints dentist as interim director. Join our protest!

U.K. media on crediting “female nurse and embryologist” Jean Purdy for IVF

Two nurses write strong New York Times opinion pieces on end-of-life care

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Jean Purdy
Theresa Brown, Kristen McConnell

News Summaries

Anyone will do

U.S. nursing research institute appoints dentist as interim director

The National Institute for Nursing Research, which disburses federal grants, announced in August 2019 that its interim director would be...a dentist. But non-nurses are non-qualified to evaluate grants for nursing research. And the appointment reinforces the inaccurate stereotype that nurses are unskilled handmaidens, rather than autonomous health professionals. Join us in asking that this appointment be rescinded and that a nurse be appointed!

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Lawrence Tabak, DDS, NINR Interim Director

Lawrence Tabak, DDS, NINR Interim Director

Francis Collins

Francis Collins, MD, NIH Director

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The world and his wife

U.K. media on crediting “female nurse and embryologist” Jean Purdy for IVF

Archival letters released in June 2019 show in vitro fertilization pioneer Robert Edwards pushing without success for recognition of his “equal” partner Jean Purdy in plaques honoring their work leading to the first test-tube baby in 1978. The Guardian did a good job highlighting the role that Purdy’s status as a nurse, and not a physician, likely played in her omission. But a BBC piece failed to even mention she was a nurse

Jean Purdy


Two nurses write strong New York Times opinion pieces on end-of-life care

The nurses advocated for better practices to allow natural deaths in two summer 2015 op-eds. Theresa Brown argued for better reimbursement for end-of-life care discussions with patients, while Kristen McConnell highlighted the needless suffering many patients undergo in intensive care units. 

Theresa Brown

Nurse Theresa Brown

Kristen McConnell

Nurse Kristen McConnell

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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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How can nurses become fierce advocates?

Sandy Summers delivered an empowering message to new graduates at graduation speech at Widener University's Nightingale ceremony last week

In a short, compelling address, Sandy Summers welcomes new graduates to the field of nursing and inspires them to become fierce patient advocates--to put patients' interests first. Sandy explains her holistic vision of nursing advocacy and shares strategies to help nurses find their voices. She highlights areas in need of our advocacy and offers perspectives on how to overcome the resistance we meet when we challenge the world to do better. Nursing advocacy saves lives, and our patients need us to do it. So please join Sandy and let’s get started!

Widener University


Every week is nurses week

In New York Daily News supplement, Truth leaders discuss the image of nursing

May 6, 2019 – In this year’s Nurses Week advertising supplement, the New York Daily News ran a long piece by Truth About Nursing executive director Sandy Summers and senior advisor Harry Summers. In addition, Truth advisor Claire Fagin, RN, PhD has a piece in the supplement with valuable insights on changing how people think about nursing.

NY Daily News nurses week


Planning your curriculum?

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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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