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TV Nurses: Promoting a Positive Image of Nursing?

Spear, Hila J.

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0b013e3181ed9f1a
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Abstract: It's understood that medical dramas are meant to entertain, not serve as documentaries. Nevertheless, media-driven messages are powerful, influencing the culture and collective mindset. This article evaluates current images of nurses in the media and challenges nurses to engage in professional and public service designed to promote a positive media and public image of nursing.

How is nursing doing in the media? How can nurses influence change?

Hila J. Spear, PhD, RN, is a Professor of Nursing at Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia. She has taught for 25 years and has written numerous articles related to professional development, political activism, and issues related to women's health and abortion.

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