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Webinar | How the Media Portrays Nurses: Does it Really Matter?

Gannett Healthcare Group

Thursday, June 23, 2011 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

Webinar | How the Media Portrays Nurses: Does it...

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Ever watch Grey's Anatomy, Nurse Jackie, House, or other television shows that seem to portray an inaccurate depiction of a nurse?  How often do you personally experience the misconception that nurses “do what doctors tell them to”? The nursing shortage is a public health crisis that is one of the biggest dangers for patients and the public at large. Media products have long shaped and reinforced inaccurate perceptions about the nature of nursing work. Public health research shows that even entertainment media products have a significant effect on how people think and act with regard to health care. By reconsidering how our society thinks and acts toward nursing, we can empower nurses to improve safety for patients, reduce turnover, and enhance public health. Explore some overlooked roots of the nursing crisis and its effects, and learn ways you and other nurses can help. 

This is a Gannett Education CE event. Participants who attend the webinar and complete an evaluation will earn 1.0 contact hours of continuing nursing education.


Sandy Summers, RN, MSN, MPH 

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Sandy Summers is Executive Director of The Truth About Nursing. Since 2001 she has led the effort to change how the world views nursing by challenging damaging media depictions of nurses. Ms. Summers is the co-author of Saving Lives: Why the Media's Portrayal of Nursing Puts Us All at Risk. Her media advocacy work began when she and fellow Johns Hopkins graduate students began the movement in April 2001. She speaks frequently on nursing's image and empowering nurses to change how they are perceived. Ms. Summers has Masters Degrees in Nursing and Public Health from Johns Hopkins University (2002). She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Southern Connecticut State University in 1984. Ms. Summers is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the international nursing honor society, and Delta Omega, the public health honor society.


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  6. If you are unable to attend the live session, please visit 2-3 days after the event to view the recording. You will still be able to earn CE credit after the live event.
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Disclosures to Participants:

Seminars must be attended in their entirety and the evaluation form must be completed to receive a certificate of completion.

Gannett Education guarantees the content of these educational activities are free from bias.

Accredited status does not imply endorsement by the provider or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with this activity.

These CNE activities do not include any unannounced information about off-label use of a product for a purpose other than that for which is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Sandy Summers has declared she is the Executive Director for the Truth About Nursing. 





Gannett Education is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Gannett Education is also accredited by the Florida Board of Nursing (provider no. FBN 50-1489) and the California Board of Registered Nursing (provider no. CEP 13213).

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