Can the Public’s Image of Nurses in the 21st Century be Changed? Introduction Nurses have traveled a great distance from the days of Florence Nightingale and, based on the media, the trend has been downward. In fact, the reason for the public images of nursing is a reaction to the gains which nurses have been making as women and as professionals in recent years (Stanley, 2008). There are formidable problems for today’s nurses. Nurses are overworked and stressed because of the nursing shortage; meanwhile the nursing shortage persists because of the image of nurses. The nursing shortage and the public image of nursing are the same issue (Summers, 2009). Nurses currently are viewed by the public as servants, as inferior to doctors, as...The end:
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