• Hangover1

    Nurse understaffing remains widespread in U.S. hospitals, The Guardian reports A good February 2019 article paints a distressing picture of the state of U.S. nurse staffing, emphasizing the dangerous effects on patients and nurses themselves. The piece relies on nurses and a union representative who calls for minimum nurse staffing ratios for all units, which

  • We are the gap0

    Lifetime docudrama Life Flight is a mixed message for nursing The March 2015 docudrama Life Flight: Trauma Center Houston has helpful information about what nurses do for patients, although it spends a lot of time on the nurses’ personal lives and general thoughts March 2015 – This month the U.S. cable channel Lifetime aired a

  • You’re going to see a difference2

    Reuters on study linking better nursing with better patient outcomes A 2016 Reuters item highlighted key findings of a new study showing that a better nursing environment means better patient outcomes. Ironically, the piece itself did not fully embrace such an environment, relying mainly on physician comment and understating the credentials of the one nurse

  • How many angels can detect subtle signs of respiratory distress?0

    Chicago Tribune item highlights nurse’s great save but reinforces angel stereotype A piece about a Chicago nurse’s astute and quick action to address a baby’s respiratory distress highlights a key nursing role. But the item also reinforces the damaging stereotype that nurses are virtuous, low-skilled “angels.” And it reveals, in its account of how hard

  • “Dedicated, educated and planning to leave”4

    Nurse explains reasons for strike in powerful Irish Times op-ed Senior nurse Ann Noonan tells why she and other members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organization have decided to strike: The government’s apparent refusal to pay nurses a competitive wage has led to severe understaffing, which in turn has caused widespread care delays, safety

  • Until a nurse0

    J&J could have done more to convey nursing expertise. Still, these are arguably the best mass-market ads in the history of J&J’s campaign. We thank those responsible.


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