Website spotlight: Nurse advocate exhibits nursing photos at U.S. Capitol

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, February 4, 2011

An exhibition of nursing photographs was on display last week at the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, DC. The exhibit, Faces of Caring: Nurses at Work, is a collection by the American Journal of Nursing, which held an international contest in 2007 to find photographs that capture the important work nurses do. The collection has since moved around the country—you can request the exhibition for your organization—to increase awareness of the vital role of nursing.

The photos are in the nation's Capitol this week due to the hard work of Kathleen Bartholomew, RN, MN, author, consultant, and tireless nursing advocate. Bartholomew sponsored the exhibition and will spend this week in the Rotunda with the photos, speaking to anyone and everyone about nursing.

Bartholomew was able to display the exhibition in the Senate building through the help of her home state U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, D-WA, and Sen. Patty Murray, D-WA.

I hope people take the time to view the photos, question Bartholomew, and learn more about the role of nurses in healthcare delivery, particularly as discussions about healthcare reform reheat.

For the most part, the public doesn't have an accurate view of what nursing involves. In the media, nurses are usually depicted as angels of mercy, or as mute handmaidens to physicians, rather than as well-educated partners in patient care and healthcare delivery.

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