Describe the way in which nurses are perceived by your patients and the public. Do the best-known nurses currently depicted in the media represent the type of nursing image you wish to promote?
Speaking of image, do you feel that no longer wearing traditional white uniforms has had an impact on how nurses are perceived? Is how you dress an important part of your public image?
What could you do to improve the professional image of nurses?
Welcome to Week 1! Let’s kick off this week with a discussion about the public perception of nurses. There are many views of nurses and they have changed tremendously from the days of Nightengale. Nurses are generally viewed as trustworthy because of our commitment to care and compassion yet the media often portrays nurses in a very different light (De Souza, 2017).
What are your thoughts on our view by the public and what factors influence this?