Reviews: Just a Nurse - Poster


Just a Nurse - Poster
Category: Posters and Photographs
Subcategory: Nurse Photographs
Price: $10
Average Rating:
(4 Votes)

Buy it at: In 2001, out of a sense of frustration and even outrage the persistent devaluation of nursing, I sat down to write “Just a Nurse.” Since I began writing about nursing more than 20 years ago I’ve heard the phrase “I’m just a nurse,” over and over again. It’s almost always followed by an explanatory comment like: “I’m not an expert on health care, so how can I voice my opinions?” “ If I do express my views, no one will listen to me anyway.” “Who am I to make my concerns known?” What made me even more alarmed was hearing nurses “just a nurse” each other. For example, all too often Nurse Practitioners or other Advanced Practice Nurses would tell me that they never wanted anyone to think that they were, God forbid, ‘just a nurse. “ After hearing this phrase for years, I sat down and wrote “Just a Nurse.” I conceived “Just a Nurse” not as a poem, but as a recruitment campaign for nursing. It was reproduced in the book I wrote with my colleague Bernice Buresh From Silence to Voice. I usually read it at the end of most of my lectures. It’s become so popular that I decided to make a poster of it.

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  • Suzanne_max30
    lsupport, Wed, 02 Dec 2009 23:31:48 UTC.
    1st review

    A lot of people have said that they appreciate the poster and poem. Mary Tonges, Vice President of Patient Care Services at the University of North Carolina Medical Center told me my favorite story. She was talking to a nurse who came out with “Hey I’m just a nurse, and she responded, “no you aren’t” and gave her the poster. I hope you can find it of use as well.

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    Account Removed, Wed, 06 Oct 2010 21:06:12 UTC.

    Absolutely brilliant. I love this poster. I would love to see one posted in every medical office, hospital, nursing home, and rehab center and staffing agency out there. So true and to the point.

    I have never had a "I'm just a nurse" outlook about myself or any other nurse, but I know it exists and this is the message that I think doctors and patients and their families could really benefit from reading. After all it is really there that the attitude starts I think.

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  • Fearless_max30
    princesskhym, Sat, 22 Jan 2011 06:35:14 UTC.

    A very nice poster. It would always remind you that being a nurse is not JUST being a nurse. I should have one more of this poster to give to a friend. I highly recommend this.

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    ccolburn, Fri, 25 Feb 2011 02:03:37 UTC.

    It would be esp great for someone you know who is graduating from Nursing School.

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