Michael Hager, RN, NREMT-P
Nevada State College
NU 408 Transitions in Professional Nursing
Linda Jacobson, MSN, RN, PHN, COI
Bernice Buresh and Suzanne Gordon have written a sentinel work for nursing that addresses the misrepresentation or absence of nursing in the media and the public consciousness. This book is more than a call to arms for nurse activism. From Silence to Voice is an instructional aid for shaping dialogue to disseminate an effective message. With the current state of healthcare, nursing needs this manual more than ever to shape the direction of nursing policy and perception.
Keywords: nursing, media, healthcare policy, public opinion, communication in …show more content…
Nursing staff numbers have always been a challenge. There have always been “nursing shortages.” Even in today’s economic downturn when new grad nurses are having trouble finding jobs there are thousands of nursing jobs posted. Current economics have only made hospitals hesitant to invest in new grads. The nursing need is present and will continue to grow. The resounding problem internationally seems to be nursing ratios (Members Back Nurse Ratios, 2010). The immediate answer unfortunately is not more nurses. Nurses are expensive and time consuming to produce. While we must continue to push for more highly qualified registered nurses, we must insist on increased support staff. A mixed skill set of ancillary staff can be delegated or