Nursing Portrayed as Fat, Frumpy and Fifty
How many more times are we as a profession going to perpetrate the stereotype that nurses are old, fat, frumpy women? I was so irritated with the most recent cover of the journal “ednurses” I almost cursed my way to the house from my mailbox.
The nurse on the cover is highly educated clinical nurse specialist who works at Boston General Hospital. Why in the HELL did they use such an unflattering photograph of her FOR THE COVER? I don’t know a whole lot about photography, but could a more horrendous angle have been used? Why didn’t someone dress her in a great blue or pale green shirt that would have flattered her short, sassy blond hair?
This woman probably has decades of irreplaceable experience. Does that radiate from the pages? Nope. Instead, I see is a judgmental, physically unhealthy, poorly dressed nurse who is scowling at an emotionally distraught patient.
That is far from representing the compassion, intelligence, and professionalism of nursing. Makes me want to . . . wait, what is the point of the cover?
Oh yeah, “Managing Mental Health in the ED.”
If we want to be taken seriously as a profession a bit of wise marketing on even the smallest level would do wonders. Not only do we need to look in the mirror and see how we are physically representing our profession while in the hospital or clinic, we need to find a way to ensure that when being represented in the media we put our best face forward.
Oh, and for the record? I used the age Fifty because the alliteration worked. If this is what 50 really is, sign me up.