Case study: The nursing profession

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The nursing profession has evolved tremendously over time. We’ve gone from a “magical power’s” having maledominated role, to a female dominated role made up of indigents and prostitutes, to what we have today, which is a fairly well-balanced male/female role of highly educated professionals (J.Dean,2018).

There are several factors that influence the public’s perception of the nursing profession and television and the media play a big part in that. How the profession is portrayed on current TV shows and the current news cycle can and will for good or bad cast nursing in a favorable or not so favorable light. Comments made on a certain daytime talk show about a “doctors’ stethoscope” didn’t go over to well and nurses from far and wide rallied around this to help educate the general public about what we do (Udell, 2015) . Primetime shows with their continual trysts and locker room antic’s knock us back a few steps. There are a few things we can do to change the public’s perception of the nursing profession. Education of our patients and their families would be a start.

I live in a small town in Alaska, we are a full-service hospital and even though we are 50 miles from a major city we are considered rural due to geography. Word of mouth plays a big factor in our hospital’s and nursing’s perception. Community service, patient and family education along with our social media page has helped change the hospital’s and the nursing role into a very favorable light. Not only do we offer very specialized services, but we have very “specialized” nurses to implement and educate the public about them.

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Udell, E. (2015). “The View” host Joy Behar: I didn’t know what I was talking about. USA Today. Retrieved from https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/201…

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