Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Faculty Books on Display

Stop by the Library during the month of August to see a collection of books published by NHTI faculty! The display features more than a dozen faculty authors.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Angel, Battle- Axe or Doctor’s Handmaiden? How Movies and the Media Portray Nurses

A search of the Ebsco Databases for nurses in movies uncovered an article by David Stanley, Celluloid Angels: A Research Study of Nurses in Feature Films 1900–2007. His study examines the media influence on nursing and nurses portrayed in feature films made between 1900 and 2007, with a nurse as the main or principal character and a story-line related to nursing. During this review, 280 relevant feature films were identified and evaluated because they offered insight into the image of nurses. Within this time period the nurse role evolved from self-sacrificial heroines to strong, confident professionals, as they are today.

Literature Review on the Images of the Nurse and Nursing in the Media by Jacqueline Bridges focuses on the image of nurses and nursing most commonly seen in the media. The study analyses the use of the label 'angel' to depict the selfless attitude exposed, the portrayal of the authoritarian senior nurse image in motion pictures, the image of nurses in 1950s and 1960s along with other stereotypes.

The book Nursing the Image: Media, Image and Professional Identity by Julia Hallam can be found in eBrary, the database of electronic books found on the library’s database page.