Nursing

Blog spotlight: Why the public image of nursing is important

Nurse Leader Insider, November 23, 2009

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In one of our recent blog posts on the Leaders' Lounge, we talked about the public image of nursing and how it is important because it creates a framework by which others approach nursing as a profession, as well as each nurse individually. Image influences patient safety, resource allocation, public policy, recruitment into the profession, and other issues that have far-reaching consequences.

This is an exciting time in healthcare. Never before has the role of the nurse been so pivotal to our patients, our employing agencies, or our profession. While the issues we face in healthcare are critical, we are an industry in flux. Presenting a balanced view of the nurse’s role and contribution to healthcare is essential. The impact of nursing’s images comes to bear in several important ways …

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