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Published on Jul 20, 2011
In this video, Sandy Summers, founder and executive director of the advocacy group "The Truth About Nursing" and author of the book Saving Lives: Why the Media's Portrayal of Nursing Puts Us All at Risk, discusses how the media has portrayed nurses in a negative and inaccurate light, stating that there is a vast gap between public perception and reality when it comes to what nurses do.
A practicing ER and ICU nurse for 15 years, Summers has led the effort to challenge damaging media depictions of nurses for the last decade. At UCLA's media symposium, she told attendees that the undervaluation of nursing resulting from their portrayals on the screen affects everything from the way nurses' messages to patients and other healthcare providers are received to hospital staffing and federal funding for nursing research and education.