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Image of Nursing
Transcript of Image of Nursing
By Athena Fedorus, Emily Klatt,
Jennifer Mitchell, Rachel Boyle
Angel of Mercy (1854-1919)
Nurses were portrayed in the media as heroic and noble.
No formal education was given.
Florence Nightingale embodied the image of the the “angel of mercy”.
Canadian Nurse Journal (1905): defined nursing, expanded the profession, and increased the credibility of nurses.
Nursing was considered a degrading form of domestic service.
Girl Friday (1920-1929)
Common Characteristic: subservient, loyal, modest, methodical, cooperative, and dedicated.
The image of nursing became less professional due to poor educational standards.
This resulted in the exploitation of nursing students.
This was considered a transitory period due to women standing up for their rights, & advocating for change.
The Heroine (1930-1945)
Nursing was recognized as a legitimate profession
A need for formal training.
Nurses were deployed to provide services and care in the war.
WW2 intensified this heroic patriotic image.
Media played an important role in amplifying the heroine image
Common Characteristic:Brave, rational, dedicated, decisive, humanistic and self-determining
The Mother 1945-1965
Post War: women were to remain at home
Nursing remained a high status occupation
Women converted to nursing instead of returning to the traditional role of women.
The Sex Object 1965-present
Portrayed in movies, literature, & media
Florence Nightingale portrays
several aspects of the Heroine
The Careerist 1982-Present
More realistic view
Media is changing their representation
Common Characteristics: "intelligent, logical, progressive, sophisticated, empathetic, and assertive woman OR man who is committed to attaining higher standards of health care"
How nurses view themselves
Has a great effect on the perpetual changes within the nursing community
Highly correlated with external image