I love a good war story, and a tale that starts off with “I remember the time we_______” will always get my attention. That’s partly why I wrote my own book of nursing stories after my first trip to Nepal in 2007. You can buy my book on Amazon.
And of course, in the country of Nepal I am a Registered Midwife, due to the way the Nepal Nursing Council defines the profession of nursing. I do not think I would dare to deliver a baby there, though.
Call The Midwife
And so it turns out that PBS is broadcasting a series first shown in the UK last winter, Call the Midwife. It starts out with the voice-over of an older woman, who is saying “I must have been mad……madness was the only explanation.” and it had me from hello, as the saying goes.
The trailer shows the first few minutes of the first episode, as the young new graduate arrives in the east end of London in 1950 or so.
The Washington Post reviewer called it soft and sentimental. and pointed out that the characters were almost stereotypically quirky. For me, I noticed that right away but thought it would be delicious…. I love a sharply drawn character, and it’s okay if the quirks show from the start. We will see what happens in the next episodes to mature each character and round out the three-dimensional aspects.
Post War baby Boom
One thing I would say is, the movie definitely shows the postwar baby boom. I think in today’s society where we have one or two children families, it’s hard to imagine what thebaby boom was like. My own family consisted of six kids, and everyone on our street also had six or more. Nowadays that is unimaginable.
from novice to expert
And best of all is the promise that we will follow the young heroine as she develops the skills needed to perform her role. I have to admit, the scene where she thinks the Spanish lady’s baby is dead, while the mom is hemorrhaging, she could have chosen some more effective actions than she did…. such as more aggressive massage of the fundus etc)
Image of Nursing in the media
As a former legislative spokesperson for my State Nurses Association, I was also very interested to see how the nurses were portrayed as nurses. Every nurse, and especially the new nurses, needs to think about the way that nurses are portrayed in the media, and to insist that the profession be depicted for what it is. This is critically important. It impacts the public trust of nurses and their integrity. So far, I thought Call the Midwife did a good job.
There is a terrific website named The Truth About Nursing, in which the nurses who run it are evaluating media trends. You can find a YouTube video about Sandy Summers, the nurses who founded that group.
There is a book called
Saving Lives: Why the Media’s Portrayal of Nursing Puts Us All at Risk
The Truth About Nursing announces the publication of its leaders’ new book Saving Lives: Why the Media’s Portrayal of Nurses Puts Us All at Risk. With striking examples and an irreverent style, the book explores nursing stereotypes from TV shows to the news media, and it explains how these images affect real-life decisions about nursing. The book also offers a comprehensive plan to help everyone improve nurses’ image–and public health.
It is not available in hard copy, but the digital edition is still available. here is the link to Amazon.