The news media never interviews nurses for expert quotes on healthcare issues or publishes stories on some of the incredible work that nurses accomplish, right? Wrong!
With a little savvy Internet searching, I found 10 publications and/or news stations from around the country that have done a fantastic job of putting nurses in the public eye.
These 10 stories were all reported on in just the last 30 days.
Kudos to the media outlets who recognize nurses as experts in the healthcare field.
And bravo to all of you nurses out there who are not only doing incredible work, but willing to tell the public about it.
December 8, 2012, Massoulian
This Montana publication features a school nurse who is treating an increasingly medically complex patient population. The detailed article unveils some of the many health needs that a school nurse has to address on an average day.
A nursing student received accolades for assisting a staff RN at a nursing home in the administration of CPR before responders arrived.
An article highlighting a new, entirely nurse-led clinic slated to open this January.
Researcher and nursing professor Betty Ferrell is interviewed as a health expert in an article addressing the lack of training that physicians and nurses feel they receive regarding the provision of end-of-life spiritual care.
January 2, 2013, Kitsap Sun
A local publication from Washington State publishes an article about a nurse who uses LEGOS to gain the trust of her pediatric patients.
January 3, 2013, Los Banos Enterprise
This California publication interviews public health nurse Tom Booth for commentary regarding the early flu outbreak.
January 4, 2013, NECN.com
A news piece covering the season’s influenza outbreak in Boston interviews nurse Mike Engelskirger about current flu activity.
Arkansas home health nurse Kim Benham receives accolades for fast intervention when she saves a new patient from a house fire, calling 911 and evacuating the patient (and his dog) safely.
January 4, 2013, WFAA.com
Another flu update, this one on a local news station in Dallas, Texas. Nurse Practitioner Doris Harvey-Boston is interviewed as a health expert regarding the concern for shortage of influenza vaccine.
January 4, 2013, Alaska Dispatch
As the children of Sandy Hook Elementary are slated to return to school, the Alaska Dispatch highlights the need for grief support for many children who experience loss or trauma. Nurse Susan Kitchell is quoted regarding a survey that showed 9 out of 10 teachers feel there is a lack of training when it comes to helping children through grief.