Read This: May/June 2013

The next few months of book club selections will overlap a little bit since I am trying to squeeze in as many good reads as I possibly can! When school starts in August, this whole “pleasure reading” thing will be a bit upstaged by articles and textbooks. And I wonder why I’m biting my nails again…

The next couple months, I’ll be reading Saving Lives: Why the Media’s Portrayal of Nurses Puts Us All at Risk (Amazon reviews available here and Goodreads feedback here). This book won the American Journal of Nursing‘s “Book of the Year” award in 2009 and has received numerous other accolades.

saving lives cover


I’ve mentioned my frustration with health care TV shows many times in the past (and gotten a fair amount of criticism for it). But it turns out, I’m not the only one who has some concerns. The nonprofit organization The Truth About Nursing regularly reviews popular culture and media sources, and shares commentary about the impact these outlets have on our culture’s image of nursing (you can sign up for regular news alerts here). I personally think it is a very important organization for our profession.

Written by Sandy Summers, the organization’s founder and executive director, and Harry Summers, an attorney and nursing advocate, this book raises some important questions that I think we all need to consider. And I hope we can consider them together.

Saving Lives is available in paperback or e-reader editions. You can also get a “free” copy by making a $30 donation to The Truth About Nursing.

Note: I am in no way affiliated with The Truth About Nursing and am not receiving any compensation from the organization. I bought my copy of the book with my own money. I just think it’s an important group to know about.

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