From Silence to Voice, a Book Report Essay

1671 WordsFeb 23, 20127 Pages
From Silence to Voice, a Book Report Michael Hager, RN, NREMT-P Nevada State College NU 408 Transitions in Professional Nursing Linda Jacobson, MSN, RN, PHN, COI Abstract Bernice Buresh and Suzanne Gordon have written a sentinel work for nursing that addresses the misrepresentation or absence of nursing in the media and the public consciousness. This book is more than a call to arms for nurse activism. From Silence to Voice is an instructional aid for shaping dialogue to disseminate an effective message. With the current state of healthcare, nursing needs this manual more than ever to shape the direction of nursing policy and perception. Keywords: nursing, media, healthcare policy, public opinion, communication in…show more content…
As mentioned, relevancy and catchy headlines are a reporters priorities. The Las Vegas Sun has made a habit of attacking healthcare in Las Vegas, Nevada with little attention to the professional challenges of nurses. The ongoing “expose” entitled, “Do No Harm: Hospital Care in Las Vegas” often portrays nurses as non-caring and negligent tools of doctors. One article speaks to the reasons why nurses quit nursing in Nevada but this is never correlated to the horror stories attributed to nursing care in subsequent articles. There is no nursing “voice” in this long running expose. This is probably as much the fault of as an unwilling and overworked staff nurse population as it is a disinterested media. My letter to this editor would be an appeal: Dear Mr Editor, I would like to give you some insight as to the daily operation of a major Emergency Department in this city. Not unlike many other “ER’s” the nursing staff is tasked with the triage or assessment of patients in order to sort by priority. The nurse is then tasked with maintaining flow of the department and ensuring the timely care and physician evaluation of patients. This requires clinical nursing judgement and expertise which is tested constantly. To explain this plainly, nurses are faced with a meat grinder which cannot stop. There may be twenty patients in the lobby with ambulances lining up. The room nurses are trying to
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