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Opinion: Nurses play vital roles in health care. Why are they invisible in the media?

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Nurses have made vital contributions to health and health care for generations and are essential players today. Nurses outnumber doctors by almost 3 to 1. So why are nurses missing in action when it comes to health news stories?

A conducted in 1997 painted a dismal picture of nurses and nursing in the media. The title of the report, “The Woodhull Study on Nursing and the Media: Health Care’s Invisible Partner,” says it all. The study was the brainchild of Nancy Woodhull, founding editor of USA Todaywho died of lung cancer before the study was completed. She was struck by the contradiction

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