Nursing in Media Representation and Perception

Nurses and the profession have been stereotyped all along the history of the career. One of the widespread fallacies is that nurses have to be female, and this has resulted in the stereotyping of male nurses as not masculine. Such generalized notions of nursing have created a distorted image of nursing in the media (Clow, Ricciardelli, & Bartfay, 2015). The media is characteristically portraying the image of nurses as youthful, single females who are over-sexualized and reduced intellectually; this notion is then spread through television stations and other forms of media. Such nurses are usually called naughty nurses and are depicted as sex symbols. Negative stereotypes of nurses have led to most students shunning away from the nursing career, which has resulted in inadequate nurses.

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