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"SAVING LIVES has a serious point, that the devaluation of nursing both by overlooking nurses' contributions to positive outcomes for patients, and more subtly by emphasizing their devotion, compassion and self-sacrifice over their lifesaving skills discourages students from the field and contributes to a critical nursing shortage." Newsweek
"An important book because it so clearly delineates how ubiquitous negative portrayals of nursing are in today's media, particularly three common stereotypes of nurses the 'Naughty Nurse,' the 'Angel' and the 'Battle Axe.'" New York Times
"Invoking stereotypes about nurses is easy, sloppy, and all too common. Summers and Summers challenge us to imagine a world where nursing is fully recognized, funded, and supported. Saving Lives is a media activism roadmap crucial for reaching this destination." MarySue V. Heilemann, PhD, RN, Associate Professor, UCLA School of Nursing
"Saving Lives explains in painstaking detail how our society's chronic trivialization of nursing as a profession diminishes the quality of health care for all patients, creating ripple effects with sometimes dire consequences. This book should incite a demand for a cultural shift in which nurses are valued as the indispensable and highly-trained health care professionals they are." Claire M. Fagin, PhD, RN, Dean Emerita, Professor Emerita, University of Pennsylvania
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Reviewer: Patricia E. Zander, MSN, PhD, RN (Viterbo University)
Description: The authors of this book document evidence of the relative absence of the profession of nursing in popular media and make a strong case that in those few instances that nurses are portrayed, they are presented erroneously or in an extremely poor light.
Purpose: The purpose is to bring attention to the popular media's portrayal of nursing and to upgrade the public's knowledge of the vital role of nurses in healthcare. The book meets its stated purpose of bringing attention to the erroneous representation of nursing in the media, but is not successful in upgrading the public's knowledge of the role of professional nursing.
Audience: The authors do not designate their audience. It appears that the book would be appropriate for professional healthcare workers as well as a general audience. The lead author is a nurse, and both authors are charter members of the organization, Truth in Nursing.
Features: The first part introduces the idea that nurses are absent from or poorly represented in the popular media and the influence of this on a person's health. Chapters in the second part describe multiple derogatory images of nurses angel, doctors' handmaiden, bimbo, and battleaxe particularly in popular television programs. This part also notes that doctors are shown doing nursing roles. The third part is devoted to suggesting ways to correct these errors. The book spends a lot of time on the relative absence or misrepresentation of nurses in the popular media while only superficially addressing nurses' roles. Therefore, it will not increase the public's knowledge of the vital role of nurses in healthcare.
Assessment: While accurate in presenting the problems associated with nursing's misrepresentation in the popular media and in providing thought-provoking solutions to this problem, the book tends to be redundant. It would be improved by editing to make it much more concise. Graphics also would enhance the book, especially for the general audience. It is not apparent what has changed from the first edition, except the references to current popular media.