While browsing today at my local worker-owned collective bookstore, I finally purchased a copy of From Silence to Voice: What Nurses Know and Must Communicate to the Public. This book, along with Nursing Against the Odds: How Health Care Cost Cutting, Media Stereotypes, and Medical Hubris Undermine Nurses and Patient Care, provide thoughtful and erudite information regarding the state of the nursing profession, its relationship to medicine, and nursing's image vis-a-vis the public and the media.
As a nurse blogger with a modest (and slowly growing) readership, I feel I too must pay attention to the public image of nursing, and do my best to dispel stereotypes, shoring up an image which is frequently tainted by media reports concentrating on striking nurse unions and so-called "killer nurses" who occasionally are prosecuted for malfeasance or worse.
The bloggers of the nursing profession are a front-line voice in the medical wilderness, and I'm pleased and honored to be a member of that informal alliance of minds. Stay tuned as my wider reading engenders further writing fueled by my reaction to the contents of said tomes.