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Nurses lack representation in media: Recognize them for the leaders that they are

from USA Today

Diana J. Mason writes, "When the United Nations declared 2020 the Year of the Nurse and Midwife, their intent was to spotlight our role as the 'backbone' of health systems around the world. How ironic — and fitting — that it took a global pandemic and not some bureaucratic declaration to drive home that point and bring nurses into focus. You see our raw, mask-reddened faces staring out from newspapers, magazines, and nightly news programs. You see us, shoulders hunched, tired, and spent in hospital hallways. You see us, comforting and competent, at the bedsides of our dying patients, while also loudly and angrily protesting the loss of our colleagues. You see more of us now, but we have been here all along. Where was the media?" more

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