A Positive Image?
Have you seen this video by a group of student nurses in New York called "Bringing Nursing Back?" The students, according to an article by the New York Nurse, were asked to answer "What is Nursing?" in their Socialization Into the Professional Role course at Binghamton University's Decker School of Nursing. They pulled on their dancing shoes, changed the lyrics to Justin Timberlake's "Bringing Sexy Back," and put on a good show.
I was skeptical at first but the longer I watched the video, the more I started to think like an 18-year old, rather than a 30-something-year-old. Why not change the way the profession is seen and make it more "marketable?" Why can't nursing be portrayed as young, hip and fun? And why not mention money, especially if new RNs in NY are making $60,000. Now that's a draw (if it's true)!
I think what also got me was how the students choose their lyrics by staying true to the profession: giving back, love who you are working with, communication is key, be a patient advocate, etc. Plus, they look like they are having a lot of fun. Who wouldn't want to be a nurse after seeing this? What do you think?
--Melissa Matta, blog adminstrator