The Power of Image in Nursing
ThePower of Image in Nursing
ThePower of Image in Nursing
Inthe field of nursing, effective communication with the public isparamount. Nurses have the ability to use different media to conveytheir roles with the public. When it comes to television, things seemto change, and the image of the nurse is put in such a way that itcreates a negative impression to the public concerning the characterand roles that the nurses play (Hoeve, Jansen, & Roodbol, 2013).NurseJackieis one such television program where the nurse is pictured as a drugaddict and a professional who violates the nursing codes of ethics,which is inappropriate as it creates a bad picture of the profession.
PetitionLetter to the Director of NurseJackie
Itotally dislike the manner in which you have portrayed the image of anurse in NurseJackie.Nursing is a vital field that depends highly on the public imagecreated by both media and general practice. This is also a field thatis governed by a set of rules referred to as the codes of conduct.Your movie has however developed a controversial picture of thenursing profession.
Thecentral character of the movie is characterized by differentbehaviors that are unacceptable and considered unethical based on thecodes of practice in nursing. I would, therefore, suggest that youcheck on how you develop the characters of your program to ensurethat they do not create a poor impression of the profession. Such isimportant as it ensures that the patient’s perceptions of theircaregivers are not tarnished.
TheGoal of the Petition
Thepetition aimed at creating awareness to the directors of the movie onthe reception of their work based on the principles and the characterof the nursing field. Creating awareness makes them understand thatthe creation of a wrong impression of the nursing profession hasadverse outcomes especially on the relationship between the nurse andthe patients. The directors had to realize that although they havethe freedom of producing anything, some of the messages passed bytheir work are detrimental especially in the image of a nurse.
Thegoal of the petition was also to prevent the development of works infuture that would affect the public image of the profession. Bysharing with the directors and bringing them to the knowledge of theeffects of their program, it is expected that they would adhere tothe plea. It is also expected that they will understand the benefitsof complying with the petition, hence refrain from producing worksthat may have negative effects on the image of a nurse (Hoeve,Jansen, & Roodbol, 2013). The petition was also aimed at ensuringthat the directors gain knowledge on what is perceived as unethicalwithin the nursing field.
Stepsto Take as an Advocate
First,I will use education as an appropriate tool for letting the directorsof NurseJackieand other movies or TV programs understand the ethics of nursing andthe importance of the image in the profession. Second, I willinfluence the development of rules that will lead to the regulationof some media to protect the image of nursing. Lastly, I will ensurethat the movie directors are familiar with the principles and codesof action in nursing.
NurseJackiepresents a character whose actions are against ethics of the nursingpractice. The development of the motive tarnishes the image of theprofession by showing to the public some controversial characters ofa nurse. Such is wrong since it makes the public to lose trust andrespect to the profession and there is, therefore, a need fordirectors to reconsider the content that they share with the publicwhen they include the character of a nurse in their work.
Hoeve,Y., Jansen, G., & Roodbol, P. (2013). The nursing profession:public image, and professional identity A discussion paper. Journalof Advanced Nursing,70(2),295-309. doi:10.1111/jan.12177
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