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Goals and Learning Outcomes

Year after year, Gallup polls reveal that the public has a high level of trust in nurses (Saad, 2022). Even the World Health Organization marked 2020 as the Year of the Nurse (The World Health Organization, 2022). Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic nurses have been thrown into the spotlight to demonstrate to the public the dangers of COVID-19. While this has been a win in one way it has also been a curse. The public is finally starting to see the demanding work nurses do every day and starting to understand the value of nurses. On the other hand, all the media attention has also brought to light the challenging and overwhelming work conditions nurses endure. This negative perception of nursing can have long-term consequences for the nursing profession by preventing bright and talented people from pursuing a career in nursing.

It is up to nurses to promote a positive image of the nursing profession. This module provides an overview of nursing, its image, and how nurses can enhance the public’s perception of nursing by acting individually and as a profession.

The goal of this course is to equip nurses with knowledge and tactics to improve the image of the nursing profession by acting individually and as a group.

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify five actions nurses can take individually to improve the image of nursing.
  • Name at least three ways to promote a positive nursing image in your workplace and to the public.

Course Termination Date: Not yet determined

Content Expiration Date: 12/31/25

Course Originally Released On: 11/01/22

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Accreditation Information


In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP#13791

Disclaimer: Not all courses will provide California Board of Registered Nursing approval. Per California Assembly Bill No. 241, continuing education courses related to direct patient care shall address at least one or a combination of the following:(1) Examples of how implicit bias affects perceptions and treatment decisions of licensees, leading to disparities in health outcomes; or (2) Strategies to address how unintended biases in decision-making may contribute to health care disparities by shaping behavior and producing differences in medical treatment along lines of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, or other characteristics.



Relias LLC reports to CEBroker for the following boards (Provider # 50-1489): Arkansas State Board Of Nursing, District Of Columbia Board Of Nursing, Florida Board Of Nursing, Georgia Board Of Nursing, New Mexico Board Of Nursing, South Carolina Board Of Nursing and  West Virginia Board Of Examiners For Registered Professional Nurses


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None of the planners/faculty, unless otherwise noted, for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.