1. Kennedy, Maureen Shawn MA, RN

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Each year, the Center for Nursing Advocacy ( gives out its Golden Lamp Awards in recognition of portrayals of nursing-both good and bad-in the media. Here are some notable winners from 2005.


The Best

Nursing Against the Odds: How Health Care Cost Cutting, Media Stereotypes, and Medical Hubris Undermine Nursing and Patient Care, by Suzanne Gordon. Ithaca, NY, ILR Press. This book's powerful analysis of the nursing crisis offers many ideas on turning things around.


"Critical Care: The Making of an ICU Nurse," the Boston Globe, October 23 through 26, by Scott Allen. The award is shared with Massachusetts General Hospital. The hospital urged the Globe to create this unusually detailed account of nursing expertise.


"Number of Philippine Nurses Emigrating Skyrockets," by Michael Sullivan, National Public Radio, February 3. The report examined the threat the nursing shortage poses to global health.


The Worst

Grey's Anatomy, "A Hard Day's Night" (March 27) and "The First Cut Is the Deepest" (April 3), Shonda Rhimes, creator, ABC television. The word "nurse" is an insult to the female interns on this physician-centered show.


House, "Three Stories" (May 17), David Shore, executive producer, Fox television. Brilliant physicians do the nursing, and the rare nurse characters are mindless clerks.


"Doctors Emerging as Heroes of Katrina," by Marilynn Marchione, September 9, Associated Press. Apparently, only physicians did anything of importance at hospitals after the hurricane.