By: Nekoro Gomes
The Center for Nursing Advocacy and the American Journal of Nursing have announced their list of the good, the bad, and the ugly portrayals of nurses in the media. And while television shows like “ER” and “Grey’s Anatomy” are terminally ill as far as the nursing industry is concerned, the print press received a largely clean bill of health.
Nineteen newspapers in North America, South Africa, and the United Kingdom received high marks or honorable mentions for their nursing coverage. One newspaper, The Washington Post, was formally recognized by the center for its “efforts to make amends” for a particularly stereotypical description of a “buxom honey-blonde nurse in a short skirt and one of those cute little caps” in May of last year.
The Center lauded The Boston Globe for running several Op-Ed pieces by author and nursing advocate Suzanne Gordon, and for its four-part feature series on the training of a nurse in Intensive Care by staff writer Scott Allen. The Center also recognized the Kansas City Star and The Post and Courier of Charleston, S.C., for running Op-Eds penned by nurses.
The New York Times and The Associated Press received mixed reviews, however, showing up on both the best and the worst lists. The Times and The New York Daily News both received negative attention in the “Every Helpful Person or Thing is a Nurse” award for their stories on a robotic physicians’ assistant designed to help doctors during surgical procedures.