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AROUND TOWN: Nursing advocate to speak about role of media during lecture

Interested in nursing and media issues?

Sandy Summers, founder and executive director of the nursing advocacy group The Truth About Nursing, will discuss how media, politicians and health care professionals affect how the public views nursing at a lecture from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Aug. 11 at the Greenspun Hall auditorium at UNLV.

Summers will also describe the connection between nursing’s public image and the nurse shortage, sharing published research and examples from today’s media – including new prime time dramas "HawthoRNe" and "Nurse Jackie" – to show why the current portrayal of nurses puts the public at risk.

Summers is the co-author of "Saving Lives: Why the Media’s Portrayal of Nursing Puts Us All at Risk."

The event is free and open to the public, and nursing CEUs are available for participants. For more information, call 895-5752. Additional information on The Truth About Nursing can be found at www.truthaboutnursing.org.

— Laura Ludwick

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