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Saving Lives: Why the Media's Portrayal of Nurses Puts Us All at Risk [Paperback]

Sandy Summers , Harry Jacobs Summers


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing; 1 edition (May 4 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607146606
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607146605
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15 x 22.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #532,729 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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saving Lives tells the Truth about Nursing Feb. 23 2009
By Bobbi Kimball, RN - Published on Amazon.com
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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Information April 2 2009
By Cathy A. Jacobs - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saving Lives, Changeing the public view of nursing. March 27 2009
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Eye-opening! Feb. 13 2011
By Mary T. Mathieu, RN BSN - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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?
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for nursing professionals and nursing students Oct. 16 2009
By C. Mee - Published on Amazon.com
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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