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Saving Lives: Why the Media's Portrayal of Nurses Puts Us All at Risk (Kaplan Voices Nurses) Hardcover – February 3, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1427798459 ISBN-10: 1427798451 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Kaplan Voices Nurses
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing; 1 edition (February 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1427798451
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427798459
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #887,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sandy Summers, RN, MSN, MPH, is the founder and executive director of The Truth About Nursing. She has Masters Degrees in Community Health Nursing and Public Health from Johns Hopkins and previously practiced in emergency departments and intensive care units of major trauma centers.

Harry Jacobs Summers is the senior advisor to The Truth About Nursing and their principal writer. A former Fulbright scholar with degrees from Columbia and Georgetown, he practices law in Washington, DC.

www.truthaboutnursing.org


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It's great for new and seasoned nurses alike!
Courtney French
Ms. Summers does an exceptional job of presenting the evidence of how the image of the nurse in the media is affecting nurses everywhere.
Kindle Customer
I thought this book was very enlightening and interesting.
Brittany Smith

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bobbi Kimball, RN on February 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
As the United States braces for an enduring shortage of highly trained registered nurses that may negatively affect the quality of health care in our lifetime, the popular media continues to undermine the reality of nursing's contributions through inaccurate portrayals of the profession. Saving Lives not only tells us the truth about Nursing's impact on health, quality of care and the lives of real people, but it articulately demonstrates why Nursing is consistently ranked by consumers as the most respected profession in the US and remains the resiliant backbone of the health care system. This revealing book is a powerful call to action for all nurses, nursing students, policy makers, media and the general public.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cathy A. Jacobs on April 2, 2009
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As a long time nurse, I thought this book sounded interesting. It definitely was. I found their comments about the portrayals of nursing to be all too true and often coincided with many of my and my co-workers comments. Some of our surgeons couldn't pick out their patients in a line up let alone stoop to spending hours of their precious time comforting them and their families or providing actual personal care to them. Anyone who thinks what they see on tv is what nursing really is definitely needs to read this book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on March 27, 2009
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First off, the book is well written and interesting to read. In addition it illuminates the inaccurate portrayal of nurses in the public media and how that image is impacting the future of nursing and nurses in real life. Ms. Summers does an exceptional job of presenting the evidence of how the image of the nurse in the media is affecting nurses everywhere. With the worst nursing shortage in history in full swing, it is important that nurses and non-nurses alike be aware of the information in this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Mee on October 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is great and Sandy and her husband have done a tremendous job!I speak on the topic of Nursing Image to nurses and this is a great resource. This book pulls the topic together well AND it is very well written. I read the book on the train and the time flew by!! I read a great deal and sometimes books written for the profession don't hold your attention but this keeps you wanting more. Kudos to the authors. you should be very proud. I'll be recommending the book at my presentations for professional nurses and in my classes for students as a "must read."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mary T. Mathieu, RN BSN on February 13, 2011
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I purchased this book for a graduate nursing course at Framingham State College. It is an eye-opening account of the portrayal of nurses in the media and so much more! I have always enjoyed the television program, "House", but will never view it the same again. Where are the nurses on that show?
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andia Fram on April 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Recommend this book to anyone who is interested in and cares about the future of health care. Think is a must read for nurses to become aware of the issue of the inaccurate and damaging media portrayals which ultimately affects patient outcomes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. S. Dawson on February 7, 2010
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The first book about the nursing profession that gives a real perspective to the type of work that it really is. Love it or hate it, being a nurse is a unique way to live/
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